Licence, certify and register a vessel, safety and training, navigational aids, commercial vessels, pleasure craft.
Services and information
Marine Safety in Canada
Marine safety program, recreational boating, commercial vessels, compliance and enforcement.
Navigation and marine conditions
Navigation by region, communications and traffic systems, nautical charts, weather reports, icebreaking, navigation aids.
Getting started with boating safety
Pleasure craft, human powered craft, life jackets, checklists, trip plans, courses and resources.
Standards for marine education, marine medical training, seafarer certification, registry and records.
Vessel licensing and registration
Pleasure craft licence, commercial vessel registration, coasting trade licence.
Vessel inspection and certification
Canadian and non-Canadian commercial vessels, fishing vessels, voluntary compliance programs, exemptions, appeals.
Protecting our navigable waters
Laws concerning navigable waters, Navigation Protection Program, Common Project Search, research on water navigability.
Vessel design, construction and maintenance
Requirements and compliance, serial numbers, Approved Products Catalogue, vessel stability, radio communications.
Voyage reporting requirements, pollution prevention rules, cruise ships, polar class vessel requirements, crewing requirements.
Marine pollution and environmental response
Ballast water, marine spills, tanker safety requirements, reporting marine pollution, abandoned boats.
Ports, harbours and anchorages
Service standards at federally funded ports, port fees, Canada Port Authorities, small craft harbours, anchorages.
Liability and Compensation
Responsibility to pay for incidents involving oil pollution, wrecks, passengers, hazardous and noxious substances.
Marine accidents and investigations
Marine investigations, reports, recommendations and responses, reporting marine accidents, unsafe acts or conditions.
Reporting marine emergencies and concerns, Coast Guard search and rescue.
Interdepartmental Marine Security Working Group, Integrated Cargo Security Strategy, Marine Transportation Security Clearance Program.
Canada’s International Maritime Presence
Learn more about Canada’s presence at international maritime organizations.