|NOTO is currently reviewing MNRFs proposal and will be meeting with our Houseboat Operator Task Force and seeking further clarification from MNRF before we submit comment. We are sharing this information with our membership in advance of our submission to keep you informed. We encourage anyone who has questions or concerns to reach out to us as soon as possible so we can include them in our work.
Due to new “floating cottages” causing issues in the Muskoka and Georgian Bay regions, MNRF is seeking to introduce new regulatory changes for floating accommodations which may impact houseboat rentals.
MNRF is looking to amend Ontario Regulation 161/17 to clarify the types of camping units that can be used to camp on water over public land. It is proposed that the definition of ‘camping unit’ will be clarified to allow for camping on liveaboards and houseboats but will exclude floating accommodations, float homes and barges with residential units or camping facilities.
The proposed new definitions would be as follows:
MNRF is also proposing to change the conditions that must be met when camping on water over public lands in Ontario by:
MNRF is also looking to:
To view the full proposal and submit comments, please click here. If you have any concerns, please reach out to NOTO staff. We will ensure to bring these comments forward to MNRF as well.