New validity periods for some Canadian Radio Inspection Certificates - SSB No.: 02/2023

RDIMS No .: 19254347
Date (Y-M-D) : 2023-02-28

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This bulletin applies to Canadian vessels that must be inspected and certified under Section 240 of the Navigation Safety Regulations, 2020.

This bulletin does not apply to:

  • “Convention vessels” (Vessels that must comply with the SOLAS Convention), or
  • vessels subject to the Agreement Between Canada and the United States of America for Promotion of Safety on the Great Lakes by Means of Radio, 1973


This bulletin is to inform you that the validity period of the Canadian Radio Inspection Certificate is changing from 1 year up to 4 years in some instances. A new policy which defines the period of validity of these certificates under the Navigation Safety Regulations, 2020 came into force on 1 October 2022.

What you need to know

Under this new policy, a vessel that operates exclusively within Sea Area A1 (as defined in the Radio Aids to Marine Navigation, 2023) can have a Radio Inspection Certificate that is valid for up to 4 years.

Under the repealed Ship Station Radio (Technical) Regulations, 1999, the validity period for the radio inspection Certificate of such vessel when navigating outside Sheltered Waters, was limited to 1 year.

You don’t need to take any action. This policy is already being implemented. To limit inspection peaks, the new validity periods will roll-out according to the table below. Any inspection (subsequent or not) conducted on or after August 1, 2023, will be subject to a certificate validity of up to 4 years.

Table 1: Timeline for implementing new validity period

Inspection conducted between Certificate valid for up to
April 1 to May 31, 2023 2 years
June 1 to July 31, 2023 3 years
On or after August 1, 2023 4 years


1. Ship Radio Inspection
2. Navigation Safety Regulations, 2020
3. Radio Inspection Certificate

Questions concerning this Bulletin should be addressed to:


Transport Canada
Marine Safety and Security
Tower C, Place de Ville
330 Sparks Street, 11th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N8

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