The Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations Card is now required.
A Pleasure Craft Operator Card is now requires for operators of pleasure crafts fitted with any type of motor and used for recreational purposes. You must carry proof of competency on board. These requirements were introducted in early 1999 in response to boating deaths and injuries. The goal was to improve the safety on Canadian waterways through education and training.
Proof of Competency can be any of the following:
- A Pleasure Craft Operator Card
- Proof of having passed a boating safety course prior to April 1, 1999
- A specified marine certificate from the List of Certificates of Competency, Training Certificates and other Equivalencies accepted as proof of Competency when operating a Pleasure Craft
- a completed rental boat safety checklist – good only for the rental period
- Foreign Visitors – an operator card or equivalent which meets the requirements of their own state or country.
New Requirements for Safety Equipment and Pleasure Craft Licensing came out May 12, 2010
Pleasure Craft License: A pleasure craft license is a set of identification numbers displayed on a pleasure craft. They numbers must be placed above the waterline on both sides of your boat in block characters that are:
- at least 7.5 cm (3 inches) high
- in a colour that contrast with the colour of the bow
The Small Vessel Regulations require all pleasure craft powered by an engine 10 Hp or more to have a pleasure craft license. Pleasure Craft Licenses are free and are valid for 10 years and can be obtained through Service Canada. A pleasure craft license is different than a Vessel Registration.
The Pleasure Craft Licensing system allows Search & Rescue access to the information 24/7 in the event of an emergency. This could mean the difference between life and death!
You must carry a copy of your Pleasure Craft License on board.
Safety Equipment Update:
The Small Vessel Regulations set out the minimum safety equipment required on board a pleasure craft depending upon the type and length of the craft.
Click on the link and select the appropriate category to see what the minimum safety requirements are for your vessel.
For more information on Boating Safety & Regulations contact the Canadian Coast Guard at: http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca or go to the Transport Canada site at: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obs-menu-1362.htm
How to Obtain your Pleasure Craft Operators License:
Click on the icon for a list of accredited Boating Course providers: Boating course providers
Updated May 4, 2011