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Transport Canada (TC) Office of Boating Safety (OBS) wants to hear from stakeholders, especially those with a particular interest in pleasure craft, on the changes under consideration to the Pleasure Craft Licensing Program and the Pleasure Craft Operator Competency Program. 

How can you participate? 

TC is inviting members of the boating community to provide feedback on the proposed changes to the Pleasure Craft Licensing and the Pleasure Craft Operator Competency Programs on the Let’s Talk Transportation consultation webpage. The forum will remain open until January 15, 2021.  

Stakeholder input and comments submitted through the Let’s Talk Transportation webpage will be considered in the development of the regulatory amendments. 

Pleasure craft licensing considerations for pleasure craft owners 

TC OBS is considering changes to the Pleasure Craft Licensing Program to increase safety, environmental protection and improve service delivery through the following regulatory amendments to the Small Vessel Regulations (SVR):

 ·       bringing grandfathered pleasure craft licenses (with no expiry date) into a five-year validity regime

·       reducing the ten-year validity period for licenses (PCLs) to five years ensuring that ownership information is updated more often

·       expanding the application of the SVR to include:o   all pleasure craft equipped with motors of 10 horsepower (7.5 kilowatts) or more, including personal watercraft, which are principally maintained or operated in Canada; ando   all pleasure craft (including all power-driven and sail-alone vessels) above 6 metres in length, with the exception of human-powered vessels (e.g. kayak, canoe).

·       reducing the timeframe for vessel owners to report a name or address change from 90 days to 30 days, and specifying 30 days for the buyer to notify a sale or transfer of a vessel ensuring that updated information is available in the same boating season

·       providing TC the authority to cancel a PCL if the licence holder does not comply with regulatory requirements. 

·       introducing a service fee of $15 for pleasure craft licenses thereby reducing the cost borne by taxpayers for providing this service

Pleasure Craft Operator Competency Program considerations for course providers

TC OBS is considering changes to the Pleasure Craft Operator Competency Program through amendments to the Competency Operator Pleasure Craft Regulations (COPCRs) to ensure that course providers continue to provide excellent boating safety training to recreational Canadian boaters. The proposed changes include:  

·       strengthening course accreditation requirements

·       setting course accreditation to a five year renewal period·       providing TC the authority to suspend or revoke course accreditation if a course provider does not comply with regulatory requirements

·       providing TC the authority to cancel a Pleasure Craft Operator Card if it is deemed to have been obtained under fraudulent circumstances

·       repealing the provision for the Rental Boat Safety Checklist as being accepted as proof of competency

·       introducing a $5,000 accreditation fee to course providers every five years and a test materials access fee of $8.50 for each Pleasure Craft Operator Card issued. 

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to inform you that, going forward, all online consultations led by TC’s Marine Safety and Security (MSS) will be accessible through a centralized page on the Let’s Talk Transportation. We encourage you to bookmark this new page and visit regularly to stay up to date on MSS consultations.  

Thank you in advance for your participation in this consultation process.