Filipino seafarers can now seek Canadian recognition of their STCW certificates - SSB No.: 04/2023

RDIMS No .: 19378913
Date (Y-M-D) : 2023-04-05

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This bulletin is to let you know that:

  • Canada has signed a reciprocal arrangement with the Republic of the Philippines.
  • Filipino seafarers holding a valid STCW certificateFootnote 1 of competency can now apply for a Canadian endorsement.


This bulletin applies to:

  • owners and operators of Canadian-flagged vessels, and
  • seafarers from the Republic of the Philippines who want a Canadian endorsement.

What you need to know

On March 29, 2023, Canada entered into a reciprocal arrangement with the Republic of the Philippines for the recognition of certificates of competency and issuance of endorsements pursuant to regulation I/10 of the STCW Convention.

Seafarers with a valid STCW certificate issued by the Republic of the Philippines can now apply for a Canadian endorsement. This is similar to reciprocal arrangements Canada has already signed with Australia, France, Norway, Ukraine, Georgia and the United Kingdom.

Canadian seafarers can also seek a Filipino endorsement of a valid Canadian STCW certificate by writing to the Republic of the Philippines Maritime Industry Authority using the following email address:

Documents you need to apply

To apply for a Canadian endorsement, please download and follow the instructions contained within the following Transport Canada forms:

You are invited to visit the following website which provides relevant information regarding Recognition of a Foreign Certificate Through a Reciprocal Arrangement.

How to apply

Send your completed application and supporting documents, using one of the following methods:


1. Reciprocal arrangement
3. Canadian endorsement

Questions concerning this Bulletin should be addressed to:


Transport Canada
Marine Safety and Security
Place de Ville, Tour C
330 Sparks Street, 11th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N5

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