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.
The Pleasure Craft Operator Card is a proof of competency, while a Pleasure Craft License is the number placed on the side of each recreational vessel as required under the Small Vessel Regulations of the Canada Shipping Act.
To obtain a boating card, you must pass an accredited test. The first step is to follow the mandatory study on the internet for a minimum of 3 hours, and then pass the Transport Canada test.
It's $49.95 + taxes for the online course, the final test and the card valid for life.
Yes. All boaters must have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card to operate any powered watercraft. This law applies to all boaters, there are no exemptions. "Powered watercraft" means watercraft fitted with any size motor, even an electric trolling motor.
There is really no minimum age. As long as children can read and understand the exam, they are allowed to write it. We do not recommend that children or young adults challenge the exam without taking a classroom course or home study course first.
No, your Pleasure Craft Operator Card is valid for life and never needs to be renewed.
You can contact us at 1-800-607-2329 or write us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to make the change.
No. The Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations only apply to pleasure craft fitted with a motor.
Yes, you have to do the official Transport Canada exam to obtain your card.
Yes, you must have proof of competency, including the boating card, if you have an engine on board the boat, even if not in use.
The Regulations apply to non-residents if:
The Regulations do not apply to non-residents who operate their pleasure craft (licensed in a country other than Canada) in Canadian waters for less than 45 consecutive days. Please note that a proof of residence will be required on board at all times.
For non-residents, proof of competency can take one of three forms:
The Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations only apply to operators of pleasure craft (boats used for recreational purposes). If you use your boat for commercial purposes, you are not required to have proof of competency like the boating card.
You need proof of competency if the sailboat is fitted with an auxiliary motor, even when under sail.
Yes. The age-horsepower restrictions were developed under the Boating Restriction Regulations and aren't affected, or superseded, by the Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations. The two are entirely separate regulations and their respective requirements should be looked at separately to avoid confusion.
Yes, the same card is issued for all the provinces and territories in Canada. Whether you're boating in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia(BC), Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Saskatchewan or Newfoundland, the card is legal across the country.
No. Unlike a driver's license, it can not be revoked and it is good for life. This is not a driver's license on the water, but an attestation that you have studied in boating safety.
Find a practice test here, that will help you successfully obtain your Pleasure Craft Operator Card.
While the Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations apply to aboriginals, the Regulations do not apply in situations where the craft is used for daily living or subsistence activities (such as hunting and fishing for the purpose of subsistence). However, most aboriginals that use a boat for subsistence activities also use it for recreational purposes on occasion. As such, it is recommended everyone have proof of competency. To remove ambiguity, the Regulations state that application is limited to pleasure craft used for recreational purposes.