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Toronto Harbour Permit

(Powered Vessel Operator Permit)

Toronto Harbour License Clinics | BoaterSkills.ca
Toronto Harbour License Clinics | BoaterSkills.ca
Toronto Harbour License Clinics | BoaterSkills.ca

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The Toronto Harbour Permit (PVOP) and exam is now available online. To participate online, registrants must be at least 14 years old and have a  reliable internet connection, webcam and microphone.

Steps to register  (Course – Exam – Practical Test)

1. Select course date on this webpage and complete registration form. Course is on ZOOM (not a requirement to download the ZOOM APP onto your device. If already downloaded on your device, please update it).

2. Complete the course and exam with other registrants via ZOOM. Temporary permits for the 2022 season are issued by email within 24 hours. Your permanent card will be sent once the Practical Test has been completed.

3. Practical Test – Mississauga Sailing Club docks (beside boat ramp) – 120 Lakefront Promenade, Mississauga, ON L5E 3G9, Canada

Choose a practical test date when registering: Monday, August 8th, beginning at 5pm; Wednesday, August 10th, beginning at 5pm; Saturday, August 13th, beginning at 9am

We provide the boat (15ft RIB). This is a basic test of your ability to remain in control of a powered vessel in close quarters. Contact us if you have any questions.

Powered Vessel Operator’s Permit

All recreational boat operators with engine-powered vessels must posses a Powered Vessel Operator’s Permit from Ports Toronto to navigate inteh waters of the Port and harbour of Toronto.

Expired Permit?

You will be required to retake the online course and exam only. You will be required to show proof of expired permit.

Register or Renew your Permit

To receive email reminders for renewals, or to simply renew your permit (annual or bi-annual), please register with Ports Toronto by  CLICKING HERE


Online course dates concluded for 2022.

In-person courses available at Outer Harbour Marina, Toronto.

Registration details – please click here

Pre-course Study Materials Available

(Supplementary – not a course requirement)


Students interested in pre-course study materials can CLICK HERE to access Practices and Procedures for operating a powered vessel in Toronto Harbour (not a course requirement). Recommended reading: Speed Limits; Exclusion Zones.


Students interested in pre-course study materials can CLICK HERE to access Transport Canada’s Safe Boating Guide (not a course requirement). This publication contains many of the rules and regulations boaters must follow to operate a vessel of any type and size anywhere, including Toronto Harbour. Recommended reading: Safety Equipment Requirements; Know the rules of the Road and Safety on the Water.

Additional Information

Anyone registering for the PVOP course must be at least 14 years old and have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, or other Transport Canada accepted form of competency to operate the boat.

 Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).  BoaterSkills.ca is committed to excellence in serving all clients, including people with disabilities. We invite you to let us know of any accommodation you require as a result of a disability.

QUESTIONS? Please contact us before registering for the Powered Vessel Operator Course.

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