Blue Flag Award
Blue Flag is an internationally recognized eco-label awarded to beaches that achieve high standards in 29 criteria including water quality, environmental education, environmental management, safety and services.
These criteria are grouped into the following two categories:
- Imperative criteria - beach must comply
- Guideline criteria - increase the standards at the beach even more but are not mandatory
In addition to meeting these requirements, a Blue Flag beach must be accessible for an unannounced inspection by the Foundation for Environment Education (FEE).
Blue Flag awards are only valid for one season. After each season, a Blue Flag beach must be reassessed and meet all the requirements before an award is renewed. However, if conditions at a Blue Flag beach change or it fails to fulfill the imperative criteria then the Blue Flag award is withdrawn.
For more information, please the Blue Flag Canada website.
Last updated July 2011