About Us

Operation Red Nose is a confidential designated driving service. A team of road volunteers will pick you up and drive you home safely in your own vehicle. The service is available within the City of Prince George to any person that does not feel fit to drive their own vehicle, providing the client has a motor vehicle licensed and insured in BC at the time the service is requested. We are inviting businesses and individuals to participate in this worthy cause to help make the 2022 campaign a great success.


The Rotary Club of Prince George - Nechako, serving the City of Prince George, is the local host organization for Operation Red Nose. Dedicated to community service, our members work to address the needs of our community, with specific emphasis on youth and seniors. Donations and sponsorships raised during Operation Red Nose go directly to supporting youth programs and/or amateur sports programs. During past years, funding has been provided to a significant number of local organizations.  Take a quick look to see a list of some of the organizations our fundraising has supported!  

Sponsorships and donations provide funds to a number of local organizations, some have included:
  • Pathfinders
  • Scouts 
  • Hart Highlands Winter Club – Ski School 
  • FBC Youth Group – ski program
  • Engage Sport North – Try It Events
  • Youth Around Prince George
  • YMCA 
  • PARTY Program – Prevent Alcohol & Risk-Related Trauma in Youth Program 
  • Harwin Elementary School Swim Program
  • Kelly Road Girls Basketball
  • Rotaract
  • PG Midget Knights Basketball
  • AiMHi Children’s Lifestyle Program 
  • Boy’s and Girl’s PGYSA Soccer Teams
  • PG Blizzard Speed Skating Club
  • RCMP Victim Services for Youth
  • Rotary Youth Exchange Program
  • DARE Program
  • Raise A Reader
  • Canadian Ski Patrol – Youth Safe Ski Program
  • Rotary Dictionaries for local Elementary School Students
  • PG Youth Soccer
  • PG Spruce Kings Hockey
  • PG Safe Attitudes & Action Society

Did You Know?

Did you know?  (some interesting stats from various sources). . .
  • Operation Red Nose operates in several countries around the world including Canada, US, Switzerland, and Portugal. 
  • Operation Red Nose was founded in Quebec in 1984 by Dr. Jean- Marie De Koninck and began operation under the leadership of Laval University’s Rouge et Or Swim Team, with the support of CHRC radio station and the collaboration of the Quebec City Police department.
  • The name Operation Red Nose was originally the name of a Canadian military operation.
  • The name Operation Red Nose was chosen because of the frequent ‘red noses’ we experience when out in the cold for those long winter nights.
  • Probably around 8% of Canadians drink and drive.
  • Approx. 64,000 people are injured each year in alcohol and drug-related accidents in Canada
  • Alcohol is the major cause in 13% of fatal accidents and a contributor (alongside other substances) to 28% of all car crash fatalities.
  • In Canada at least 2,200 people die each year in car accidents, 55% of those due to impaired driving 
  • 7.5 million Canadians have a family member or close friend who has been the victim of a drinking and driving collision
  • 5.4 million Canadians know a family member or friend who caused a collision by driving after drinking
  • 80 percent of those who drink and drive are with friends or family when they do so.
  • Most alcohol-related crashes (57%) occur on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
  • Almost half alcohol-related crashes (39%) take place between 9 pm and 3 am
  • In B.C., on average, 65 people are killed every year in crashes involving drinking and driving 
  • 19-35 year-olds account for 47% of impaired drivers in crashes
  • Males account for 69% of all impaired drivers
  • B.C. has the toughest drinking and driving laws in Canada. If you drink and drive, you can count on penalties —  and time off the road
  • The consequences of impaired driving are far-reaching and go far beyond the death toll that is used as the most important metric in most studies.  The impact on individuals and families through injuries, medical consequences, fines, imprisonment, loss of employment etc. are significant.
  • 0.08 blood alcohol level (BAC) is the legal limit for criminal charges in Canada
  • The minimum mandatory fine for driving a car with a 0.08 BAC is $1000
  • 0.16 or higher will result in a $2000 fine and prison time for repeat offenders.