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Requirements for Foreign Recreational Boaters in Canadian Waters

Canada is the country with the world's longest coastline and greatest concentration of freshwater lakes. All recreational boaters, both foreign and domestic, are expected to know the rules that govern their safe enjoyment in Canadian waters. There has been an important update to the Pleasure Craft Regulations that U.S. residents need to be aware of.

The Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations require that all operators of pleasure craft fitted with a motor have proof of competency and proof of age on board at all times. The proof of competency Regulation went into effect as of September 15, 2009.

The Regulations do not apply to non-residents who operate their pleasure craft in Canadian waters for less than 45 consecutive days. Please note that a proof of residence will be required on board at all times.

ABA strongly advocates for all boaters to obey all local boating laws. For further detailed information, please visit Transport Canada’s website at http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obs-quick-quick_visitor-1610.htm.


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