The Department of Municipal and Community Affairs may provide contributions to support community organized searches for missing persons.
When a community government determines that there is a need for a search for a missing person(s) before or after the end of a public search, the Deputy Minister of MACA may provide a contribution to support the community organized search when:
- The community has consulted with the RCMP and have determined that a public search is not currently underway;
- The community government makes an official request to the Deputy Minister to approve a community organized search; and
- The Deputy Minister authorizes the community organized.
Eligible expenses may include:
- aircraft charter costs;
- the purchase of groceries; and
- fuel, lubricants and minor machine parts.
The following costs are not eligible:
- loss of income;
- equipment rental; and
- repair of equipment to its pre-search condition.
At the end of a community organized search, the community government will:
- Submit a summary of expenses with appropriate proof and a report on search-related activities to the Deputy Minister for reimbursement. The maximum reimbursement is $10,000.
- Where an advance was issued, repay any unused portion of the advance payment issued in support of the search.
For full details on the Contributions for Community Organized Searches, please read the Policy.
Links & Resources
- Civil Emergency Measures Act
- Northern Search and Rescue