TC Looking to Repeal Provision for Rental Boat Safety Checklist as Bring Accepted as Proof of Competency
Transport Canada is inviting stakeholders of the boating community to provide feedback on the proposed changes to the Pleasure Craft Licensing and the Pleasure Craft Operator Competency Programs. The recommended changes are listed below.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Within these changes, TC is looking at repealing the provision for the Rental Boat Safety Checklist as being accepted as proof of competency. This would not be good for our industry. We highly recommend all operators submit comments by clicking on the button below. This forum will remain open until January 15th.
TC is considering changes to the Pleasure Craft Licensing Program through the following regulatory amendments to the Small Vessel Regulations (SVR):
- Bringing grandfathered pleasure craft licenses (with no expiry date) into a five-year validity regime.
- Reducing the ten-year validity period for licenses (PCLs) to five years.
- Expanding the application of the SVR to include all pleasure craft equipped with motors of 10 horsepower (7.5 kilowatts) or more, including personal watercraft, which are principally maintained or operated in Canada; and all pleasure craft (including all power-driven and sail-alone vessels) above 6m in length, with the exception of human-powered vessels (e.g. kayak, canoe).
- Reducing the timeframe for vessel owners to report a name or address change from 90 days to 30 days, and specifying 30 days for the buyer to notify a sale or transfer of a vessel ensuring that updated information is available in the same boating season.
- Providing TC the authority to cancel a PCL if the license holder does not comply with regulatory requirements.
- Introducing a service fee of $15 for pleasure craft licenses thereby reducing the cost borne by taxpayers for providing this service.
TC is considering changes to the Pleasure Craft Operator Competency Program through amendments to the Competency Operator Pleasure Craft Regulations (COPCRs). The proposed changes include:
- Strengthening course accreditation requirements & setting course accreditation to a five year renewal period.
- Providing TC the authority to suspend or revoke course accreditation if a course provider does not comply with regulatory requirements
- Providing TC the authority to cancel a Pleasure Craft Operator Card if it is deemed to have been obtained under fraudulent circumstances
- Repealing the provision for the Rental Boat Safety Checklist as being accepted as proof of competency
- Introducing a $5,000 accreditation fee to course providers every five years and a test materials access fee of $8.50 for each Pleasure Craft Operator Card issued.