Marine Technical Review Board Services

  • The Marine Technical Review Board (MTRB) was created under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 to grant or deny applications for equivalencies to safety requirements or exemptions from non-safety ones.
  • These applications concern individual Canadian vessels or the issuance of Canadian maritime documents to persons. The MTRB cannot make a decision that affects multiple vessels or classes of vessels.

Service standard:

  • MTRB Procedure
    Within 40 working days
    • Application and regional input
      Within 10 working days
    • Processing of application by Secretariat
      Within 5 working days
    • Additional expert input for complex applications
      Within 5 working days
    • Review and decision by the MTRB
      Within 15 working days
    • Informing applicant of decision by the Secretariat
      Within 5 working days

Apply For:

To apply for a Marine Technical Review Board Service visit our website on “How to apply for an MTRB: Requests can be sent to one of our regional offices at:

Performance target: The target for achieving this standard is set at 70%.

Performance results:

Standard Target 2015/16 2016/17
MTRB procedure within 40 working days. 70% 38% 19%

Service feedback:

Mailing Address:
Transport Canada
Marine Safety (AMSA)
Tower C, Place de Ville
330 Sparks Street, 11th Floor
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0N5

For more information:

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.