Transport Canada runs an office of Boater Safety that delivers prevention-based programs to reduce the safety risks and environmental impacts of boating on Canadian waters. For information on prevention programs and boating requirements visit The Office of Boating Safety web site.
Transport Canada sets and enforces regulations for all boaters. For information, contact the Transport Canada Office of Boating Safety Pacific Region Telephone: (604) 666-2681 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the web site.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is responsible for border access, services and security. The Canada Border Services Agency web site details many answers to questions frequently asked by boaters.
When you arrive in Canada, the master of a recreational boat (the person in charge) is required to go to a designated telephone reporting marine site and call the telephone reporting centre at 1-888-226-7277. No one except the master may leave the boat until the Canada Border Services Agency gives authorization.
Note: To find designated telephone reporting marine sites in your area, call 1-888-226-7277.
The officer will need details of the voyage, cargo, and passengers including passports if applicable.
For more information on the procedures to follow when entering Canada from the United States using a private boat, click here.
The Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations require that all operators of pleasure craft fitted with a motor have proof of competency and proof of age on board at all times.
Proof of competency indicates the boater has a basic level of boating safety knowledge required for safe recreational boating.
In the past, anyone of any age could operate a recreational boat without any minimum boating safety knowledge, experience or training. These requirements were introduced in 1999 in response to boating deaths and injuries, with the goal of improving safety on Canadian waterways through education and training. Click here for more information.
If they operate their pleasure craft in Canadian waters for more than 45 consecutive days or, If they operate a pleasure craft that is licensed or registered in Canada (including rented or chartered boats).
The Regulations do not apply to non-residents who operate their pleasure craft in Canadian waters for less than 45 consecutive days.
Please note that a proof of residence will be required on board at all times. For non-residents, proof of competency can take one of three forms:
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The Age - Horsepower Restrictions prohibit operators under the age of 16 from operating recreational vessels above specified horsepower limits:
The age restrictions apply to all operators of pleasure craft in Canadian waters both domestic and foreign.
Boating while impaired is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada.
Operators with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood are liable to the following fines:
The maximum sentence may vary depending on provincial statutes.
Alcohol may be consumed on board the pleasure craft if it meets all of the following conditions:
For more information visit requirements for Foreign Recreational Boaters In Canadian Waters
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