Boating Safety


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:

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: or go to the Transport Canada site at:

How to Obtain your Pleasure Craft Operators License:

Below are  accredited Boating Course providers:

National Boating Safety School

Boat Canada Course



Updated May 4, 2011