Requirement for a Pleasure Craft Operator Card

In 1999, as part of a Boating Safety initiative, the Canadian Coast Guard introduced the requirement for all operators of pleasure craft to carry a certificate of proficiency in the basic operation of a pleasure craft.

Transport Canada assumed responsibility for administering the Pleasure Craft Operator Card requirement in 2006.

This means you must successfully pass a multiple choice written exam approved by Transport Canada.     A pass mark of at least 75 percent is required.

On successful completion of the course, you will earn a Pleasure Craft Operator Card which can be used as evidence of basic competency.

A law enforcement officer may request that you show the card or other acceptable documentation of competency any time you are operating a pleasure craft. You should carry the card with you at all times.

A fine can be levied by a law enforcement officer if an operator fails to show proof of competency.

The purpose of the Operator Card is to ensure that you have a knowledge of the basic skills required to make you a safe boater.

You will become aware of the various laws and regulations that have been passed to ensure that you and others have a safe boating experience. In addition, you will learn some basic boating skills that will be of value to you for the rest of your life.