Operators competency requirements Boating License

Shown below is how the competency requirements apply to operators* of a pleasure craft fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes as well as the date at which a proof of competency is required on board.

As of September 15, 1999
All operators born after April 1, 1983 (under 26 years old):

As of September 15, 2002
All operators of craft under 4 m in length, including personal watercraft ( ex.: sea-doo and jet-skis )

As of September 15, 2009
All operators

N.B. These requirements apply in areas outside the Northwest and Nunavut Territories at this time.

*Applies to non-residents operating their pleasure craft in Canadian waters after 45 consecutive days. Operator card or equivalent issued to a non-resident by their state or country will be considered as proof of competency.

Age-horsepower restrictions

How this applies to operators of pleasure craft fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes and power restrictions

Under 12 years of age, and not directly supervised**
Can operate a vessel with no more than 10 hp (7.5 KW).

Between 12 years and under 16 years of age, and not directly supervised**
Can operate a vessel with no more than 40 hp (30KW).

Under 16 years of age
Not allowed to operate a Personal Watercraft.

16 years of age and over
No power restrictions

N.B. These requirements apply in areas outside the Northwest and Nunavut Territories at this time.

**Directly supervised means: accompanied and directly supervised in the boat by a person 16 years of age or older.

 

Note: These restriction are made under the Boating Restriction Regulations and are not affected nor superseded by the Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations. The Boating and Restriction Regulations and Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations are entirely separate regulation and their respective requirements should be looked at separately in order to avoid any confusion.