The Defibrillator Public Access Act
It's the law!
The Manitoba government has now proclaimed The Defibrillator Public Access Act, the first legislation of its kind in Canada, and as of January 2014 all public places in Manitoba listed within the regulations of the Act will be required by law to have an AED on site.
Those public places listed in the regulations, such as community centres, golf courses, schools and airports, will be required to install an AED on site prior to the January 2014 deadline.
For more information on the Act and its regulations, visit www.Manitoba.ca/health/aed.
Manitoba Government announces funding available for over 1,000 AEDs
**ALL AEDS HAVE NOW BEEN ALLOCATED**
The Government of Manitoba recognizes that some organizations may have financial difficulty in purchasing an AED for their facility. In an effort to assist these organizations, the Government of Manitoba has made funds available to provide over 1,000 AEDs to public places designated in the regulations, on a first come, first serve basis. Limited funds have been made available towards the purchase of AEDs for organizations that meet the following criteria:
- Must be a public or non-profit organization
- Must be an organization that is designated in the provincial regulations.
- Initially, organizations will be limited to one free AED.
Recreational Hockey Arenas: The federal government has committed to provide all recreational hockey arenas in Canada with a defibrillator, so provincially-funded defibrillators will be used for other settings at this time. We understand more information will be made available from the Public Health Agency of Canada about their defibrillator commitment in the near future.
Frequently Asked Questions on obtaining a provincially-funded AED, and implementing a Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) Program
Read the Frequently Asked Questions about obtaining your AED and implementing a PAD program.
Applications for a free AED are to be submitted and processed through the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Manitoba.
All AEDs have now been allocated, however all late applications will be placed on a waiting list.
How to Apply for the Grant
1. Review the AED comparison guide.
2. Download the application form (PDF) and checklist. The application is also available for download in MS Word format, here.
3. Send applications to the Heart and Stroke Foundation by:
Or mail / hand deliver to:
The Heart and Stroke Foundation in Manitoba
Attention: AED Grant Program
6 Donald Street
Winnipeg MB R3L 0K6
*Applications will be received and evaluated on a first come, first serve basis.
You can also request an application though email at email@example.com.
If we qualified but did not receive funding, will there be an opportunity to purchase an AED at a discounted rate?
Yes, the Manitoba Government and the Heart and Stroke Foundation have secured discounts of 30-40% from a number of distributors. This discount is available ONLY to those facilities that are designated in the provincial regulations.
This program will allow individuals the ability to purchase the following at a discounted rate of $ 1396.00+PST/GST.
- An AED;
- An extra set of adult pads;
- A rescue-ready kit (mask, gloves, scissors, razor);
- An alarmed, wall-mountable AED cabinet;
- 3 D Signage to mount above the AED cabinet;
- Follow-up service by the distributor; and
- Registration with the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Manitoba AED Main Registry.
- *Pediatric AED pads for use on a child (under 8 years old) if applicable, are not included above.
For more information on AED discount packages, download the AED Comparison Guide (PDF)
This price will only be in effect until the mandated regulation deadline of January 2014.
AED waiting list and placement review
Should your organization not be able to obtain funding for an AED, you can have your name placed on the Heart and Stroke Foundation's AED waiting list.
This program is made possible through the generosity of donors such as Boston Pizza and Cowan Foundation, who may generously sponsor AEDs for placement in areas of the greatest need.
To apply for the AED donor waiting list download, print and submit the AED Placement Review Form to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Applicants to this program are not guaranteed funding and are encouraged to take advantage of the discount program before the deadline of January, 2014.
What if we do not meet the criteria listed for a free AED or discount program. Where can we get an AED?
There are numerous distributors that sell AEDs within Manitoba that are listed in good standing with the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Manitoba. Listed below are the distributors involved with the Defibrillator Public Access Act program:
Zoll Canada: Wendy Goodridge, Western Canadian Sales Manager
Philips Medical: Canadian First Aid Training, Ltd., Christian Clavelle
Cardiac Science: Adam Allard, Distribution Manager
Physio-Control: Craig Williams
Heartsine: Rescue 7 Inc. Lisa Derby
Phone 888-294-4208, ext 223
For a full list of distributors in good standing with the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Manitoba, contact us at 204-949-2000, toll-free 1-888-473-4636 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, download the Manitoba Defibrillator Public Access Act Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Once my AED is purchased, how do I implement and maintain my PAD program?
For information on implementing and maintaining your Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) program, download and read the Community AED Toolkit. (PDF)
Other important forms and information
Once you have purchased and installed your AED, it is important that you formally register your AED through the Heart and Stroke Foundation's AED Registry so that 9-1-1 dispatchers are aware of your AED's location and can guide rescuers on finding and using the AED in the event of a cardiac arrest emergency.
Print off your AED Registration Form (MS Word) and submit it to the Heart and Stroke Foundation office via FAX at (204) 957-1365 or mail to 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 0K6.
Please contact the Resuscitation/AED Program Manager, Heart and Stroke Foundation in Manitoba at (204) 949-2000 or toll-free at 1-888-473-4636, ext. 2049 or by e-mail at email@example.com.