Declaring that vessels comply with manufacturing requirements

From: Transport Canada

If you build or import for sale or use in Canada a pleasure craft of less than 24 metres or a non-pleasure craft of 15 gross tonnage or less, you must prove that the vessel meets all relevant manufacturing requirements. These requirements are set out in the Small Vessel Regulations and the Construction Standards for Small Vessels (PDF, 2.4MB).

These requirements do not apply to vessels built or imported for personal use and open vessels of traditional construction.

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Declaration of Conformity

To confirm that a vessel or vessel model complies with manufacturing requirements, the manufacturer or importer must do the following:

  • Ensure that the vessel complies with the construction requirements found in the regulation and standard.
  • Complete a Declaration of Conformity, stating which requirements apply and confirming that the vessel complies.
  • Send the declaration, along with the photographs or drawings described in the declaration form, to Transport Canada at the Contact us address below.
  • Maintain records of the technical documentation or information (including tests and calculations) that prove compliance with the construction requirements. The records must be kept for seven years and must be provided, on request, to any person or organization authorized under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 to carry out inspections.
  • Provide a copy of the Declaration of Conformity to the reseller or end user at the time of the initial transfer of ownership (the first sale) of the vessel.

Compliance Notice

As well as making a Declaration of Conformity, the manufacturer or importer must attach a Compliance Notice to each vessel. The Compliance Notice is the manufacturer’s or importer’s commitment that the vessel was built according to the requirements in the Small Vessel Regulations and the Construction Standards for Small Vessels.

The manufacturer or importer must do the following for each vessel:

  • Produce their own Compliance Notice. The notice must comply with Part 8 of the regulation and Section 2 of the standard.
  • Permanently attach the Compliance Notice to the inside of each vessel in a location that is plainly visible from the operating position.

For more information, see the Compliance Notice FAQs.

Annual Production Report

For serially produced models, the manufacturer must complete an Annual Production Report and send it to Transport Canada at the Contact us address below. The form must be submitted each year before March 31.


The requirement to produce a Declaration of Conformity and to attach a Compliance Notice does not apply to the following:

  • vessels built or imported for personal use
  • open vessels of traditional construction using wood or other traditional materials or, in the case of a canoe, using glass-reinforced plastic

If such vessels are mass-produced or can be fitted with an inboard or a stern-drive engine, they must comply with the manufacturing requirements.

Contact us

Transport Canada, Marine Safety (AMSRA)
Tower C, Place de Ville
330 Sparks Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N8

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