Accepting Applications for 2019 Grants

The International Sailors' Society Canada is now accepting applications under our grant program. Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate a need for financial assistance and provide details of operations in support of visiting seafarers in Canada.  The deadline for applications is May 10, 2019. 

To apply, submit the completed Grant Application Form to our offices before the deadline.

Apply for the 2019 ISSC Bursary

The 2018 Bursary application process has been closed and those winners will be announced shortly. We are now accepting applications for the ISSC Maritime Bursary 2019 created in honour of long serving director and corporate secretary Sue Hanby.  The bursary is open to students who are enrolled in marine related studies with a recognized educational institution, however, please note that preference will be given to students that are preparing for a sea-going career.

To apply for an ISSC Maritime Bursary, complete the Bursary Application Form and return it to our offices by mail to our offices or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  To qualify for the 2019 Bursary, applications must be received by the ISSC secretariat no later than July 26th, 2019. 

Apply for a 2018 ISSC Bursary

Apply for 1 of 2 $1,000 ISSC Bursaries created in honour of long serving past director Sue Hanby. The bursary is open to students enrolled in marine-related studies, with preference given to those preparing for a sea-going career. 

Complete the Bursary Application Form and return it to our offices by mail to our offices or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Applications must be received by the ISSC secretariat no later than July 27th, 2018. 

Best of luck to all applicants! 

2018 Day of the Seafarer Activities

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The 2018 Peak Challenge in celebration of Day of the Seafarer on june 25th was another success with 50 participants making their way to the top of Grouse Mountain.  This year's fastest individual with a time of 37 minutes was Drew Hemmingson of the Tymac Titans. The fastest team went to Easier Said than Run from Teekay Shipping with an amazing combined time of 2 hours and 14 minutes.  The Teekay team was comprised of Chris Cooper (43 mins), Jennifer Kerr (51 min) and Sean Hennessey (40 mins).  Great to see some new teams out this year and those that came back, who say better finishing times than the previous year. Congratulations to all of our participants for taking on the challenge!  Photos and times can be viewed on our results page

Also celebrating Day of the Seafarer was the Prince Rupert Port Authority that held a similar hike in Prince Rupert starting at Atlin Terminal followed by a barbecque at the local seafarer's centre.  Over 40 employees, volunteers and seafarers participated in the Day of the Seafarer event organized by the port authority. What a great way to bring awareness to shipping and the seafarers that make it all possible. 

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The 2018 Day of the Seafarer campaign also has a positive message: seafarers are invited to share what a “#GoodDayatSea ” looks like and to enter the IMO/ International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) photo competition, which is sponsored by The North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA). View some of the entries here

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