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Compliance Notice - Transport Canada

By definition, a compliance notice is the manufacturer’s or importer’s confirmation that the boat is built in accordance with the construction requirements of the Small Vessel Regulations. Before attaching a compliance notice to a boat, a manufacturer or importer must produce a Declaration of Conformity for the boat.

The Small Vessel Regulations require, with a few exceptions, that all pleasure craft of less than 24 metres, that are or can be fitted with a motor, have a compliance notice affixed to them in a location visible from the helm. Although it is not prohibited to have other types of compliance notices affixed to the vessel, this does not replace the requirement to have a Compliance Notice from Canada attached.

Compliance notices are issued by the manufacturer. There are three types of compliance notices in Canada:

  • Compliance notice for a pleasure craft measuring less than 6 metres (19’8”) in length 

  • Compliance notice for a pleasure craft measuring more than 6 metres (19’8”) in length 

  • Compliance notice for vessels other than pleasure craft measuring more than 6 metres (19’8”) in length.

No one is allowed to remove or alter a compliance notice, or even affix a compliance notice that contains incorrect information about the vessel. 

The compliance notice specifies the maximum load capacity that the craft can hold in order to navigate safely.

Compliance notice for a pleasure craft measuring less than 6 metres (19’8”) in length

Compliance-notice

Compliance notices for pleasure craft up to 6 m (19’8”) also have information on recommended maximum safe limits.  

 What information can be found on a compliance notice?

  •  maximum horsepower for your boat;
  •  number of persons allowed on board;
  •  total weight that the boat can hold.

Remember that this information applies only in good weather. The number of people who can be carried safely depends on the type of boat, where people and equipment are carried, and weather and water conditions. Operators must know and respect their boat’s limits.

Compliance notice for a pleasure craft measuring more than 6 metres (19’8”) in length

The compliance notice must contain a statement of compliance indicating that the craft was built to the pleasure craft construction requirement of the Small Vessel Regulations.

compliance notice + 6 m

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