Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations
P.C. 1999-11 1999-01-15
His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Transport and the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, pursuant to section 562Footnote a of the Canada Shipping Act, hereby makes the annexed Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations.
Return to footnote aR.S., c. 6 (3rd Supp.), s. 77
1 The definitions in this section apply in these Regulations.
- accredited course
accredited course means a series of lessons in respect of boating safety that has been accredited by the Department of Transport under section 6. (cours agréé)
- accredited test
accredited test means a test referred to in paragraph 7(4)(c). (examen agréé)
- Boating Safety Course Completion Card
Boating Safety Course Completion Card means a card issued, by a person who provided a boating safety course in Canada, to a person who successfully completed the course before April 1, 1999. (carte de réussite d’un cours de sécurité nautique)
candidate means a person presenting themselves at a test site to take the test or a person taking the test for a Pleasure Craft Operator Card. (candidat)
- CCG-accredited course
CCG-accredited course[Repealed, SOR/2007-124, s. 1]
- CCG-accredited test
CCG-accredited test[Repealed, SOR/2007-124, s. 1]
- course provider
course provider means a person who has obtained the accreditation of a boating safety course in accordance with section 6. (prestataire de cours)
- enforcement officer
enforcement officer[Repealed, SOR/2013-234, s. 1]
operate means the action of controlling the speed and course of a pleasure craft. (conduire)
- Pleasure Craft Operator Card
Pleasure Craft Operator Card means a card issued by a course provider that attests that the cardholder has received a mark of at least 75 per cent on a test. (carte de conducteur d’embarcation de plaisance)
- proof of age
proof of age means a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, birth certificate, baptismal certificate, passport, driver’s licence or other official document that sets out the person’s date of birth. (preuve d’âge)
- proof of competency
proof of competency means a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, a Boating Safety Course Completion Card, a rental boat safety checklist, proof of the successful completion of a boating safety course, or a certificate or other document pertaining to boating safety knowledge, as required under section 4. (preuve de compétence)
- proof of residency
proof of residency means a passport, driver’s licence or other official government document that sets out a person’s place of residence. (preuve de résidence)
test means a boating safety test that meets the requirements of section 7 taken for the purpose of obtaining a Pleasure Craft Operator Card. (examen)
- SOR/2002-18, s. 1
- SOR/2007-124, s. 1, err., Vol. 141, No. 15
- SOR/2013-234, s. 1
2 (1) These Regulations apply in respect of pleasure craft that are fitted with a motor and that are operated for recreational purposes in Canadian waters, other than the waters of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
(2) These Regulations do not apply in respect of seaplanes.
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to a person who
(a) is operating the pleasure craft under the supervision of an instructor as part of an accredited course;
(b) is not a resident of Canada and whose pleasure craft is in Canada for less than 45 consecutive days; or
(c) has proof on board that the person holds a certificate of competency, training certificate, endorsement or other equivalency listed in the schedule.
(d) [Repealed, SOR/2013-234, s. 2]
(2.1) No person in charge of a pleasure craft shall allow another person to operate the pleasure craft unless that other person is a person referred to in subsection (1) or (2).
(3) A person referred to in paragraph (2)(b) or 4(2)(b) shall not operate a pleasure craft without proof of residency on board the pleasure craft.
(4) Except where replacing a previously issued card or issuing a card to a person providing proof that the person holds a certificate of competency, training certificate, endorsement or other equivalency listed in the schedule, no course provider shall issue a Pleasure Craft Operator Card to a candidate unless the provider or their agent has administered to the candidate a test that meets the requirements of section 7.
- SOR/2002-18, s. 2
- SOR/2007-124, s. 2, err., Vol. 141, No. 15
- SOR/2013-234, s. 2
(a) if the person has received a mark of at least 75 per cent on a test and has been issued a Pleasure Craft Operator Card;
(b) if the person had successfully completed a recreational boating safety course in Canada before April 1, 1999 and has a Boating Safety Course Completion Card or other written proof of that completion; or
(c) in the case of a pleasure craft rented from a rental agency or from a representative of a rental agency,
(i) if the person meets the condition set out in paragraphs (a) or (b), or
(ii) if the person and the agency or representative complete and sign, before the pleasure craft is operated, a rental boat safety checklist that contains the information referred to in section 8 and the person operates the pleasure craft only during the rental period.
(2) A person who is not a resident of Canada is competent to operate a pleasure craft if the person
- SOR/2007-124, s. 3, err., Vol. 141, No. 15
- SOR/2013-234, s. 3
5 [Repealed, SOR/2007-124, s. 4, err., Vol. 141, No. 15]
- SOR/2007-124, s. 5, err., Vol. 141, No. 15
(2) The Department of Transport may accredit, as an accredited course, a course that
(a) defines boating terms and expressions;
(b) describes the responsibilities of the operators of pleasure craft, including the requirement to have the appropriate equipment and charts, maps and other documents on board the pleasure craft;
(c) sets out safety procedures to be followed by operators and occupants of pleasure craft, including appropriate responses to boating emergencies and other situations;
(d) sets out general boating safety knowledge; and
(e) reviews these Regulations and the provisions of the following statutes and regulations relating to the matters referred to in paragraphs (a) to (c), as applicable:
(3) The Department of Transport may
- SOR/2007-124, s. 6, err., Vol. 141, No. 15
- SOR/2013-234, s. 4
- SOR/2020-216, s. 412
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