Regulatory Framework

The International Maritime Organization and the International Labour Organization Convention No. 147 Merchant Shipping (Minimum Standards) ( provide the regulatory framework for the Port State Control program. The following provides a list of major international maritime conventions to which Canada has acceded:

The Canada Shipping Act, 2001 ( CSA ) and the Canada Labour Code are the two pieces of domestic legislation into which these conventions and standards have been incorporated. In 2007, many of the CSA regulations will be replaced by the new Canada Shipping Act, 2001 as part of the Transport Canada's regulatory reform process.