The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), provincial and municipal police forces and other authorized local authorities enforce the laws that apply to boats. They may inspect your boat and monitor your boating activities to make sure that requirements are being met. This may include checking for safety equipment, your Pleasure Craft Operator Card and careless operation on the water.
No person shall operate a vessel in a careless manner, without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other persons. Here are some examples of behaviors that could be considered careless:
According to the Canada Shipping Act, each operator of a pleasure craft, in so far as he/she can do so without serious danger to his/her own craft and the persons on board, shall render assistance to every person who is found at sea and in danger of being lost.
The operator of a pleasure craft has an obligation to stop and offer assistance when the operator is involved in an accident. He/she should watch for signals that show distress and need of assistance.