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How old do you have to be to drive a boat in Canada

Minimum age - Age limit to get your boating license

There is no minimum age to take the exam to obtain the pleasure craft operator card (PCOC). But even in a possession of the boating licence, some restrictions apply. Youth under 16 years of age may not operate boats with motors over certain horsepower limits unless someone 16 years of age or older is in the boat and directly supervising them. Youth under 16 years of age may not operate a personal watercraft (PWC) under any circumstances.

Age / Horsepower restrictions

  • Under 12 years of age with no direct supervision, a person may operate a boat with up to 7.5 kW (10 hp);
  • Ages 12 to under 16 with no direct supervision, a person may operate a boat with up to 30 kW (40 hp);
  • Under 16 years of age, regardless of supervision may not operate a PWC;
  • 16 years of age or older: no horsepower restrictions 

Minimum age to drive a PWC (Power Watercraft)

You must be 16 years of age or older to drive a PWC. No horsepower restrictions 

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


Age/Horsepower restrictions

Who needs a boating license in Canada?

Pleasure Craft Operator Card - Boating License

All operators of powered recreational watercraft used on Canadian waters must have proof of competency like the boating license. The boating license is mandatory, regardless of age, length of boat or engine horsepower.

Successfully completing our course means that you are certified in all the Canadian provinces and territories including: Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Nunavut, Yukon and Northwest Territories.

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Étape 1 - Étudiez à votre rythme

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  • Chapter one is free.
  • Complete and easy-to-read study guide.
  • More than 45 HD videos.
  • Only $49.95 (online course, final test and the card included).

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  • The boating test consists of 50 multiple choice questions.
  • Open-book final test.
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  • Print your temporary card immediately and start boating now!
  • Your official Pleasure Craft Operator Card will be mailed within 30 days.
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