Let’s Talk Pleasure Craft Safety

Current status: Closed
Open on March 26, 2019 and closed on June 17, 2019.

New technology and improved standards offer additional options for safety equipment on pleasure craft. Transport Canada is reviewing the benefits and risks of accepting new options for Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) and Electronic Visual Distress Signals Devices (eVDSD). We want your input on the safety effects for boaters.

Join in: how to participate

Share your ideas

Register at www.letstalktransportation.ca to provide your comments on discussion questions or upload a document through the Submission tab on Let’s Talk Pleasure Craft Safety.

Who is the focus of this consultation

All Canadians are invited to participate in the online consultations. Those with a particular interest may include:

  • Recreational boaters
  • Marine industry

Key questions for discussion

  1. If the options for Level 50 Buoyancy Aids and Youth Inflatable PFDs become accepted, what uses, conditions and restrictions should be allowed?
  2. If Electronic Visual Distress Signals become accepted should they be permitted on all sizes of pleasure craft and should there be restrictions on the types of voyages?
  3. Should some daytime smoke signals also be required if eVDSD are accepted?

Contact us

Small and Fishing Vessels
Design and Equipment Standards and Boating Safety
Transport Canada, Marine Safety and Security
Tower C, Place de Ville
11th Floor, 330 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N5

Telephone: 1-855-859-3123 or 613-991-3135
Teletypewriter / TDD: 1-888-675-6863
Fax: 613-991-4818

Email: marinesafety-securitemaritime@tc.gc.ca