Let’s Talk: Engine cut-off switches

Current status: CLOSED

Open on March, 20, 2023 and will be closed on May, 19, 2023.

To increase boater safety and align Canadian requirements with the United States, Transport Canada may introduce requirements so that engine cut-off switches are installed on new vessels that:

  • are less than 8 metres (26 feet)
  • have an engine or engines that can produce at least 511 Newtons (115 pounds of force) of static thrust or 2.2 Kilowatts (3 horsepower) of power in total, and
  • have a primary helm station that isn’t in an enclosed cabin

Transport Canada may also require operators to link themselves to an engine cut-off switch if their vessel fits the description above and already has an engine cut-off switch.

We want your views on introducing new requirements on installing and using engine cut-off switches on certain recreational vessels.

Join in: how to participate

Register online at Let’s Talk Transportation and share your comments on our discussion questions or upload a document through the Submissions tab.

Who is the focus of this consultation?

All Canadians are invited to participate in the online consultation.

Key questions for discussion

  • Do you have comments on our proposal?

Contact us

Transport Canada
Tower C, Place de Ville
330 Sparks St.
Ottawa ON K1A 0N5

Email: MSSRegulations-ReglementsSSM@tc.gc.ca