MEC Avalanche Safety Grant Provides AST Courses for BIPOC Organizations

Students in an Avalanche Skills Training 1 course in the Canadian Rockies
Peter Hoang

MEC is helping Avalanche Canada make AST courses more accessible to all Canadians.

Avalanche Canada is proud to announce the MEC Avalanche Safety Grant. This grant is aimed at non-profit organizations that serve racialized communities, and will allow more Canadians to safely learn about and access the winter backcountry.

Thanks to the generous support of MEC, this grant will fund up to four AST 1 courses in BC and Alberta this winter, for up to eight students per course. We are reaching out to organizations that meet the criteria to let them know of this opportunity.

“Avalanche Canada recognizes that racialized communities face disproportionate barriers in accessing winter backcountry pursuits in Canada,” explains Gilles Valade, Executive Director of Avalanche Canada. “We are grateful to partner with MEC to reduce some of these barriers and enable even more Canadians to pursue outdoor adventures safely.”

Backcountry Access is also contributing to this initiative by providing two boxes of safety gear, each with eight sets of avalanche transceivers, shovels, and probes.

The MEC Avalanche Safety Grant is one part of our initiatives to ensure our programs and services are welcoming to all of Canada’s diverse population.

Click here to download a copy of the grant application form.

If you are aware of any organizations that would benefit from this program, or if you are interested in contributing, please contact us.