Can I operate a boat without a boating 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 NorthWest Territories.