Marine Transportation

Transport Canada promotes efficient marine transportation and safe, secure and sustainable marine practices; oversees marine infrastructure; regulates the safe transportation of dangerous goods by water; and helps protect the marine environment.

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I am a recreational boater

Canada has the world's longest coastline and greatest concentration of freshwater lakes. We invite you to explore Canada's waterways responsibly. All recreational boaters, are expected to know the rules that govern their safe enjoyment in Canadian waters.

Do you have your Pleasure Craft Operators Card?
Learn how to obtain yours.

I am a marine passenger

Make sure you get all the information you need for a safe trip! Some of the most beautiful and exciting tours take place on Canadian waters. Although our marine industry has an enviable safety record, accidents can happen. Passenger vessel crews are trained to deal with emergencies, however if you're responsible for planning a boat tour, there are steps you can take to increase the likelihood of a safe, fun outing.

Some of the most beautiful and exciting tours take place on Canadian waters.

If you're responsible for planning a boat tour, there are steps you can take to increase the likelihood of a safe, fun outing.

I am concerned about the marine environment

Transport Canada develops and administers policies, regulations and programs to protect the marine environment; reduce the impact on the environment of marine pollution incidents in Canadian waters; and promote the safety of the general public.

Learn more about what Canada is doing about Arctic climate change.

I am a small commercial vessel operator

Transport Canada Marine Safety Inspectors are working with small vessel operators across Canada to enhance the safety of small tour boat operations. Owners and operators must ensure their vessels meet national construction and maintenance standards, and that all crew be trained and certified to deal with marine emergencies.

Does your vessel have an Inspection Certificate, Notice of Inspection or decal?

Contact your nearest Transport Canada Marine Safety office to arrange an inspection.

I am a large commercial vessel operator

Safe navigation of Canada's waters requires vessels - from large cruise ships to cargo vessels - that are built, equipped, operated and crewed according to standards and regulations set and enforced by Transport Canada.

Have you read the latest Ship Safety Bulletin?

I am a seafarer

Transport Canada develops and enforces regulations related to training, testing and certifying marine personnel, including seafarers, ship security officers and pleasure craft operators, to ensure the safe operation of all marine vessels in Canada.

Do you have your Seafarer's Identity Document?

Applications can be made at any Transport Canada Marine Safety office.