Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety is responsible for overseeing regulations, standards and policies, enforcement and technical services for recreational vessels. It encourages safe boating practices and compliance with regulations.
Choosing the right life jacket or Personal Floatation Device (PFD) is very important for keeping you and your onboard guests safe. Find tips on choosing the right one for adults and children.
Don't mix speed, alcohol, or other substances with boating. Remember that you are responsible for the safety of your guests and others using the waterway. You must always be prepared and alert, as conditions on the water can change quickly.
Getting ready for a boat ride? Make sure to download the Discover Boating app on your smartphone. It gives you information about the key rules, guidelines and best practices that will help you and your family stay safe on water.
Your comments and concerns relating to Pleasure Craft are important to us and we will address them as quickly as possible. Contact the Office of Boating Safety.
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- Marine Safety Transport Publications (TPs)
- Marine safety equipment and training initiative
- Abandoned boats and wrecks
- Boating Safety Contribution Program
- Sharing the Waterways
- Sources of Police Enforcement Authorities under the CSA 2001
- Tier I - Policy – Acceptance of Electronic Visual Distress Signals in lieu of Pyrotechnic Distress Signals on pleasure craft