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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

Powered Vessel Operator’s Permit

All recreational boat operators with engine-powered vessels, regardless of horsepower rating, must have a Powered Vessel Operator’s Permit to navigate in the waters of the Port and harbour of Toronto.

The Toronto Harbour limits include Humber Bay, Inner Toronto Harbour, and Ashbridges Bay (see image at top of page).

In-Person Course

This 2-hour classroom lecture, exam and *practical test (boat provided) is available at Outer Harbour Marina on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from May to October. Contact Ports Toronto to make an appointment: 416-778-1230, or visit the Ports Toronto Website for more information – please click here

Practical test exemptions may be issued for the following:

  • Expired card (more than 2 seasons) and rewriting test only.
  • Previously completed a boat handling clinic with a BoaterSkills.ca instructor

Harbour Permit Online Course Dates for 2024

Next Online Course: to be announced in 2024

Next In-person course: Please contact PortsToronto to register for in-person courses at Outer Harbour Marina at 416-778-1230. Courses are available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8am; 10am; 1pm; 3pm.

Contact us if you have any questions.

Additional Information

 Course Requirements: 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.

Renewing Your Permit: Harbour Permits must be renewed annually through PortsToronto by calling 416-778-1230.

Expired Permits: You may be required to retake the PVOP course. Please call PortsToronto for more information: 416-778-1230

Course study materials: These are available to help you prepare for the In-Person and Virtual course and test (pre-study not a course requirement).

PortsToronto Practices and Procedures – click here

Transport Canada Safe Boating Guide – click here

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act: 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.

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