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What training and operator certifications do I need to operate a powered vessel in Canada?

Certifications and Permit requirements vary depending on where you operate a powered vessel and whether it has a VHF radio on board. All operators require a Pleasure Craft Operator Card
 

Navigable waters within Canada (lakes, rivers)

1. Pleasure Craft Operator Card
2. ROC-M – if your vessel is equipped with a Marine VHF and/or Single Side Band radio
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Lake Ontario – Toronto (Humber Bay to Ashbridges Bay)

1. Pleasure Craft Operator Card
2. Powered Vessel Operator Permit (Toronto Harbour Permit)
3. ROC-M – if your vessel is equipped with a Marine VHF and/or Single Side Band radio
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Know the Rules and Regulations governing boating in Canada

We highly recommend visiting Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety for more information on safety equipment requirements, navigational aids, Right-of-way rules (Collision Regulations) and more.
 
Here you will find The Safe Boater’s Guide, which is available for free in PDF form. It provides important news and key safety information to Canadian boaters. Follow the links below to learn about safety equipment, vessel licensing, buying a boat and much more.

Safe Boating Guide – Transport Canada
Services & Information – Transport Canada

 

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