Project Lifesaver

Project Lifesaver Caledon and Dufferin County helps families to locate individuals who may wander as a result of a cognitive impairment. This service is suitable for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, Autism, Down Syndrome, acquired brain injury or other kinds of cognitive disability.

Individuals can be equipped with a one-ounce wrist-transmitter which sends a radio signal that can be tracked up to a 2-kilometer radius. The system operates 24/7, 365 days a year. When notified by caregivers that an individual is missing, specially trained police officers use mobile tracking equipment to find them.

It's a simple application process

  1. Applicants are screened to confirm they meet Project Lifesaver criteria.
  2. Information is provided to applicants about the program and the equipment.
  3. Applicants are registered into the program.

Additional Information

  • Participants must live in Caledon or Dufferin County. Participants who move from this area will have to withdraw from the program.
  • This program applies to people with a history of wandering or who have been deemed by a health care provider as someone that may wander due to cognitive disability or impairment.
  • There is an initial charge of $400 to lease the transmitter; however, a subsidy may be available for low-income participants.
  • There is a $10 monthly fee for transmitter batteries.
  • Participants must understand and agree that radio-locating technology used in this project is not intended as a substitute for responsible childcare or caregiver practices.

For more information, contact:

Maureen Chilko, Client and Volunteer Services Supervisor at 905-857-7651 or email:

Project Lifesaver is a partnership between Caledon Meals on Wheels and Caledon and Dufferin OPP.