Canada. Transport Canada

Site: Mailing Address

Service: Pleasure Craft Licensing and Proof of Competency

Record #: BTN3834
Last Full Update: 15 Feb 2024

Contact Information

Office Phone Toll Free 1-800-267-6687
TTY Phone 1-888-675-6863
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Agency Information

Description (Agency)

Responsible for transportation policies and programs

Legal Status (40) Federal Government
Funding Federal

Description and Service Details

Description (Service)

Transport Canada's Office of Boating Safety is responsible for overseeing regulations, standards and policies, enforcement and technical services for recreational vessels 
Every pleasure craft must have a Pleasure Craft Licence, with the following exceptions:

  • a pleasure craft using a motor with less than 10 horsepower (7.5 kW)
  • a pleasure craft that has a vessel registration

For more information see here 
Everyone who operates a motorized pleasure craft must carry proof of competency on board

  • required in all of Canada, except the waters of Nunavut and Northwest Territories
  • required with all motor types (including electric trolling motors) and even when the motor is not in use (such as when sailing)

Proof of competency can be any of the following:

  • Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)
  • certificate from a Canadian boating safety course completed before April 1, 1999
  • professional marine certificate or equivalent from the List of Certificates of Competency, Training Certificates and other Equivalencies accepted as Proof of Competency when Operating a Pleasure Craft 
  • completed Rental Boat Safety Checklist, good only for the rental period
  • for a visitor to Canada, an operator card or other document that meets the requirements of his or her home state or country

For more information, including how to obtain a PCOC, see here


Mon-Fri 8 am-4 pm

Areas Served Canada ; Ontario
Eligibility Pleasure craft operators of any age and ability

Contact or see website for information

Languages English ; French
Fees Service - to provider of PCOC course and test

Site Information

Located In Community Halton Region
Address & Map
Halton Region, ON
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Mailing Address c/o Office of Boating Safety 
100 Front St S 
Sarnia, ON N7T 2M4
Physical Access Not Applicable - mailing address

Categories and Classification

HCSD Main Heading Sports / Recreation
HCSD Sub Heading Boating
Service Categories Boat Registration ; Pleasure Craft Operator Cards

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