DID YOU KNOW?? Canada’s Criminal Code also applies to boating. Activities like operating a boat while impaired, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and operating an unseaworthy boat are crimes.
A pleasure craft is any boat that you use only for pleasure activities like fishing, water sports and entertaining friends. It also includes a boat you use for subsistence hunting and fishing or for daily living (for example, in remote areas, going from one village to another).
A non-pleasure craft is a vessel that you use for work or commercial activities. You must meet the requirements for non-pleasure craft any time you use your pleasure craft for non-pleasure activities. If you want to know how to operate a passenger vessel, workboat, commercial fishing vessel or any other non-pleasure craft, visit www.tc.gc.ca/ marinesafety or contact your local Transport Canada Centre.
PLEASURE CRAFT LICENSE
If you operate or keep your boat mostly in Canada, and it is powered by one or more motors adding up to 7.5 kW (10 hp) or more, you must get it licensed, unless you register it. You must also license dinghies or tenders you carry aboard or tow behind a larger boat. A pleasure craft licence is a document giving your boat a unique licence number that is valid for 10 years. The Pleasure Craft Licensing System allows Search and Rescue personnel to access information about your boat 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the event of an emergency. This could mean the difference between life and death! If your boat does not need a pleasure craft licence, you can choose to get one for safety reasons.You must display the pleasure craft licence number on your boat: • on both sides of the bow; • above the waterline; • as far forward as practical; and • where it is easy to see. The characters must be: • in block letters; • at least 7.5 cm (3”) high; and • of a colour that contrasts with the background.
AGE HORSEPOWER RESTRICTIONS
- Under 12 years of age with no direct supervision* May operate a boat with up to 7.5 kW (10 hp)
- Ages 12 to under 16 with no direct supervision May operate a boat with up to 30 kW (40 hp)
- Under 16 years of age, regardless of supervision May not operate a personal watercraft
- 16 years of age or older No horsepower restrictions
For more information on:
- Safety Requirements for each type of vessel
- Safety Equipment Specs
- PFD’s (labels, fittings, flotation, and checking the PFD)
- Navigation Equipment
- Rules of the water
- Environmental Cleaners
- Boating Offences and Associated Fines
- Communication and Devices
- Basic First Aid (Hypothermia, etc)