Boating Laws and Regulations
Source: Transport Canada
Canada’s Criminal Code applies to boating and makes activities like operating a boat while impaired, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and operating a boat that is not seaworthy crimes.
The Canada Shipping Act, 2001 is the law that, along with its regulations, governs pleasure craft. It includes the requirements of some international agreements that govern the conduct of all vessels. The most important regulations affecting pleasure craft under this law include the:
- Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations;
- Collision Regulations;
- Small Vessel Regulations;
- Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations; and
- Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships and for Dangerous Chemicals.