Temporary Measures Regarding Marine Personnel Certificates – Excluding Marine Medical Certificates - SSB No.: 07/2023

RDIMS No .: 19413449
Date (Y-M-D) : 2023-04-27

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This bulletin outlines temporary measures related to a certificate of competency, certificate of proficiency, or examiner certificate issued by Transport Canada.


This bulletin applies to:

  • Canadian seafarers; and
  • Authorized Representatives of Canadian-flagged vessels.

What you need to know

Extension of Certificates

Any certificate of competency, certificate of proficiency, or examiner certificate that expires between April 19, 2023 and May 19, 2023, is granted an extension of two (2) months. There is no need for the holder of the certificate to make an application.

There is no requirement to submit an application to obtain an extension referenced in this Ship Safety Bulletin. It is recommended that you retain a copy of this Bulletin with your certificate, especially when serving on a vessel making an international voyage(s).

Renewal of Certificates

Despite any extension granted under this Ship Safety Bulletin, it is strongly recommended that any seafarer in possession of a certificate that will soon expire, start the process to renew their certificate as soon as possible.

Please contact your local Marine Safety and Security Transport Canada Centre using the following contact information.

Atlantic Region:

New Brunswick:

  • Bathurst: 506 548-7491
  • Saint John: 506-636-4748

Newfoundland & Labrador:

  • Corner Brook: 709-637-4390
  • Lewisporte: 709-535-2503
  • St. John’s: 709-772-3430 or 709-727-8734

Nova Scotia:

  • Dartmouth: 902-461-3861
  • Port Hawkesbury: 902-625-0803
  • Sydney: 902-564-7002
  • Yarmouth: 902-742-6860

Prince Edward Island:

  • Charlottetown: 902-566-7987 or 902-566-7986

Ontario Region:

  • Sarnia: 519-383-1826
  • Toronto: 416-952-1018
  • Kingston: 613-545-8676
  • St. Catharines: 905-688-4360
  • Thunder Bay: 807-766-2600

Québec Region

  • Îles-de-la-Madeleine: 418-986-6275
  • Montréal: 1-855-842-7042 or 514-283-0574
  • Québec: 1-888-649-6292 or 418-648-3238
  • Rimouski: 1-800-427-4417 or 418-722-3040
  • Sept-Îles: 418-968-4991

Prairie & Northern Region:

  • All offices: 1-888-463-0521

Pacific Region:

  • Vancouver: 604-666-0834
  • Prince Rupert: 250-627-3045
  • Victoria: 250-363-0394
  • Nanaimo: 250-754-0244


1. Certificate of competency
2. Certificate of proficiency
3. Examiner 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 0N5

Contact us at: Email: marinesafety-securitemaritime@tc.gc.ca or Telephone: 1-855-859-3123 (Toll Free).