Can you drive a boat without a license in Canada? Is there a Fine? - Do I need a driver's license?

No, as of September 2009 all boaters are required to have the Pleasure Craft Operator Card in order to operate a powered watercraft. There is no grandfather clause or age exemption – this law applies to all boaters. Powered watercraft includes watercraft fitted with any size motor, even an electric trolling motor.

What is the fine for operating a boat without a license?

There is a is $250 fine for not having the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (commonly called a boating license).

Do I need a driver's license to operate a boat?

You do not need to have a driver's license to operate a boat, but you need your boating license.

Can I operate a boat if I have lost my driver's license?

You may operate a motorboat if you have lost your driver's license, unless a judge has disqualified you from operating all motor vehicles.

Do I have to carry my boating license with me on the boat?

Yes, you must have your boating license on board the boat at all times. If you are stopped by a law enforcement officer, you must present your boating license and an identity card, as there isn't a photo on the license. 

These rules apply to: Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and North West Territories.