Saturday February 16, 2019

What you need to know about Boating Requirements


The documents and equipment for your boat may be more comprehensive than you are aware. Here is a summary of what is required. This is information we obtained from Transport Canada, and is accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, you should visit the link at the bottom of this article or call Transport Canada, to ascertain for yourself what is required for you own situation.

The requirements below apply to all boats up to six (6) metres in length, having a motor equal to or greater than ten (10) horsepower.

These requirements also apply to personal water craft (jet skis), except where noted.

1. A copy of the Transport Canada Boat License. (This is similar to your car ownership)

Note: If you do NOT have this, you can go to:

to obtain an application form for a duplicate.

You MUST – check the DUPLICATE box on the application form
​        –     provide the number that is on the side of the boat
– provide a photocopy of a valid ID such as a drivers license – copy both sides and sign it
There is NO charge for obtaining a duplicate

Not having this on board can result in a fine of up to $250

2. An original Pleasure Craft Operator Card

Not having this on board can result in a fine of up to $250

3. One Transport Canada approved life jacket or personal flotation device of appropriate size for each passenger on board
4. One buoyant heaving line at least 15 metres long
5.   One manual propelling device (oar) OR
One (1) anchor and at least 15 m (49’3”) of cable, rope or chain in any combination (Note: NOT required for a Personal Water Craft.)
6. One bailer or manual bilge (Note a power bilge, only, is not enough)
7. One (1) 5BC fire extinguisher if the pleasure craft is equipped with an inboard engine, a fixed fuel tank of any size, or a fuel-burning cooking, heating or refrigeration appliance
8. One water tight flashlight or Three (3) Canadian-approved flares of Type A (Rocket Parachute), B (Multi-Star) or C (Hand)
9. One sound signaling device or appliance (like a whistle)
10. One (1) reboarding device
Note: A reboarding device is only required if the vertical height that must be climbed to reboard the pleasure craft from the water is over 0.5 m (1’8”).
11.  One magnetic compass Note: A magnetic compass is not required if the pleasure craft is 8 m (26’3”) or less and is operated within sight of sea marks (navigation marks).
12.  One radar deflector (if your boat is made up mostly of non-radar reflecting material). Note: This does not appear to be applicable to boats operating on Halls and the Hawk lakes
13.  One mast head light
14.  One stern light
15.  Side lights or one all around white light visible from all sides

Note: Lights are only required if you are operating at night or in fog, snow, etc.

For further information visit:

We have tried to be as accurate as possible with this information. However, we cannot assume responsibility if this information is incomplete or inaccurate.