The documentation for registering a vessel is complex. If you haven’t applied for vessel registration before, we recommend you read the following in full before you start.
Provide 3 choices of the vessel name, in order of preference.
For safety reasons, each registered vessel must have a unique name. This needs to be the case when the name is said aloud, especially over the radio. For example, “Easy Living” and “EZ Livin” sound too much alike for both names to be approved.
The name you choose:
- must be unique, even when said aloud
- can’t use a registered trademark
- can’t be a prohibited mark
- can’t be confused with a distress signal
- can’t include vessel acronyms, for example, “SV” for sailing vessel, or “FV” for fishing vessel
- can include an article such as “the”, “le”, “la”, “l’”, though we don’t consider this when approving a vessel name (for example, “THE HAPPY DOLPHIN” is the same as “HAPPY DOLPHIN”)
You must provide an authorization letter, if you are using the name of:
- a famous Canadian person
- a city or town in Canada
Choose a port of registry in one of the following provinces or territories:
Newfoundland and Labrador
- St. John's
Prince Edward Island
- Port Hawkesbury
- Grand Manan
- St. Andrews
- Saint John
- Owen Sound
- Port Colborne
- Port Dover
- St. Catharines
- Sault Ste-Marie
- Thunder Bay
- Prince Albert
- New Westminster
- Prince Rupert
- Port Alberni
- Hay River
Provide the name and address of each owner.
Not everyone can own a registered vessel in Canada. Vessels may be owned by:
- a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- a Canadian corporation
- a foreign corporation
- a Canadian government (provincial or federal)
The ownership of a vessel is divided into 64 shares, which can be owned jointly or split individually when there is more than 1 owner.
All documents must be in either English or French or a certified translation. Be sure to include a copy of the document in its original language, along with the certified translation.
|If your vessel was…||Send in this documentation|
Newly built in Canada
If not, we also need all the intervening Bills of Sale showing the complete sequence of title up to you
Newly built in a foreign country
Canadian-built, always Canadian-owned
Foreign-registered or foreign-documented
Deletion Certificate or an Abstract or Transcript of Registry issued by the foreign registry, proving the foreign registry is closed and is free and clear of encumbrances
Contact the Vessel Registration Office for guidance if none of the above-noted scenarios apply to your vessel
If the vessel is owned by more than 1 owner or by a foreign corporation, complete and send in Form 14 - Appointment of Authorized Representative [PDF, 35 KB] form.