3.10 Maintenance of Sign
4.10 Materials for signs
4.11 Sign posts
5.0 Example Scenario
5.1 Linden Lake
Boating Restriction Regulations are used primarily to address safety concerns where no other Act, regulation, or regulatory regime applies and where there is no other alternative than to restrict a waterway.
Boating restrictions address concerns raised by the operation of all vessels (primarily pleasure craft). Boating restrictions based on concerns other than safety, such as in the public interest or environmental issues for example, may be considered as well on a case-by-case basis depending on the evidence and alternatives available.
This guide is intended for provincial and territorial government departments and local government authorities.
A boating restriction application is usually made for a specific body of water (or parts thereof), and requires the applicant to hold stakeholder consultations at the local level. Proposed restrictions that may have a national impact require a corresponding national consultation process.
Remember, a boating restriction application should not be the first step in dealing with waterways safety concerns. In many instances use issues can be resolved by dialogue amongst stakeholders. Acceptable non-regulatory agreements are also far more expedient and generally less costly.
When stakeholders can not arrive at a mutually acceptable non-regulatory solution, a boating restriction may be the most effective way to resolve a waterway conflict. Before proceeding with an application, the applicant, and or applicants, must contact their Regional Office of Boating Safety for advice and direction. A contact list is included in the information section of this guide.
The federal government has legislative authority and jurisdiction over all Canadian waters 1. A provincial, territorial or federal government department may administer the application process for a proposed boating restriction amendment on behalf of Transport Canada Marine Safety, Office of Boating Safety (OBS). Any level of government may apply for a boating restriction. Stakeholders and affected parties will be involved as a part of the consultation process.
Levels of government requesting that a body of water be considered for a proposed restriction must follow specific procedures that are overseen by either a regional OBS or in some cases, a Provincial Designated Authority working with the OBS. The applicant may be required by either of these authorities to provide further information in order for the application to proceed. The process is based on the Cabinet Directive on Streamlining Regulation.
The primary responsibility of the OBS and/or the designated authority is to review the applications to ensure that a need for a designation under federal regulations has been established by the applicant:
Once an application has been received, the regional OBS (with participation from other federal and provincial departments, if required) is responsible for ensuring that a designation is justified, sufficient documented public consultation has been carried out, and the requirements of the Cabinet Directive on Streamlining Regulation have been met.
The application will then be forwarded to the OBS National Headquarters for further processing. Publication through the Canada Gazette process will only occur if the application is successful, and all questions have been answered or resolved.
If an application fails to meet the Cabinet Directive on Streamlining Regulation, the regional OBS may send it back to the applicant for further consultation or review or to request additional information or substantiation. Returned submissions will include reasons for the return.
There are three common reasons why applications fail the regulatory process:
When the requirements of the application have been met, non-regulatory alternatives deemed ineffective and a boating restriction determined to be the best alternative, the review and publication of the new restriction in the regulations will generally take less than one year if all of the steps of the process have been followed and the required information has been provided.
Transport Canada is responsible for ensuring that proposed boating restrictions meet the requirements of the Cabinet Directive on Streamlining Regulation. To assist applicants in preparing a complete application package, an overview of the Policy is provided in section 1.3 of this guide.
The entire Policy can be obtained from the following Web site.
1.3 Cabinet Directive on Streamlining Regulation 2
The Cabinet Directive on Streamlining Regulation ensures that any regulatory action results in the greatest net benefit to Canadians. The Policy requires regulatory authorities to ensure that:
There is a structured process that must be followed for a waterway or portion of a waterway to be designated under the regulations. It applies to every request for a boating restriction, since requests are assessed case-by-case. This process is not an absolute checklist, particularly in regard to consultation, but rather a system to ensure the requirements of the Cabinet Directive are met. Regional Offices of Boating Safety are key in assisting and providing advice on consultation and in facilitating initiatives to resolve a waterway conflict or concern.
Public consultation is not a clearly defined step in the regulatory process. It is an ongoing component designed to solicit from the public the best solutions to a given problem. It is also one of the main mechanisms in identifying and addressing areas of concern.
Consultation can bring groups with diverging perceptions together, and provide a forum for them to discuss and agree on ways to remedy their concerns. Many times, this process is successful and results in non-regulatory solutions. Before consulting, develop a consultation plan and share it with your regional Office of Boating Safety (OBS). The OBS can provide helpful ideas and direction to keep the process on track.
A Note on Consultation
Public consultation is the most time consuming aspect of the regulatory process, and the most important. Unfortunately, it is also the part of the process that is least understood. Proper public consultation is used not only to inform the public of the concerns and problems of a particular waterway, but also to allow affected stakeholders to provide input and suggestions to assist in resolving these issues, prior to further government involvement. Public consultation is a way of ensuring that people and groups explore all their potential avenues of action, prior to undertaking a regulatory initiative. The consultation process may reveal that a restriction is not the best, or desired means, of addressing the issues at a given location, or that a non-regulatory alternative may resolve the situation.
Public consultation can identify a problem, lead to non-regulatory alternatives, measure the results of those alternatives, and if all else fails, it can examine the most appropriate solution that resolves the problem, while having the least impact. Consultations are an opportunity for stakeholders to be involved in the process and provide input. A Boating Restriction Regulation application is not accepted based on the number of people supporting a restriction, but rather on the basis of its merit and need.
The following steps are essential to successful consultation. The number of stakeholders affected by a proposed boating restriction determines the level of resources needed to ensure full public consultation. The quality of consultation will directly affect the federal government’s ability to process an application. Also, if consultation has not been carried out in an appropriate manner, the OBS will not be in a position to support or recommend that a submission move forward. Expect delays or returned applications in such cases.
Each waterway has its own, unique set of stakeholders. The applicant conducting the consultation must ensure that affected stakeholders have the opportunity to provide input. The list of affected stakeholders will include government and non-government groups and individuals. Examples include:
Possible non-government stakeholders:
Possible government stakeholders or agencies:
Once stakeholders have been identified, they must be informed of the concerns raised so that the problem, if it exists, can be identified and an opportunity to find a non-regulatory alternative is fully explored (prior to a proposed restriction) and the reason for it. How each stakeholder is notified and given the opportunity to provide input may vary from area to area and for each stakeholder.
There are several ways to ensure notification. Examples of notification include:
In this stage of the consultation process, the stakeholder response is received, taken into account and documented. If required, meetings are held and responses are compiled and summarized. Consultation is used to determine the following aspects:
A file on the consultation and results may include:
If the end result is a proposed regulation, expect the applicant to be questioned by the public and various levels of government on the rationale behind the identification of the problem, alternate solutions attempted or considered, and the thoroughness of consultation. Have this information available, as it will be used to respond to the many queries received from the various offices (up to and including Treasury Board analysts) involved in processing regulatory amendments. Accurate documentation will allow for proper evaluation and a clear record of events, and will support a case for a restriction, if necessary.
Throughout the consultation process, the applicant must consider foremost that a restriction may not be the best or only way of addressing the problem on the waterway in question. Consultation is a component of the review process that must be satisfied, prior to submitting a proposed restriction to the regional Office of Boating Safety (OBS). The first step should be a review of the Cabinet Directive on Streamlining Regulation and dialog with the regional Office of Boating Safety before initiating this process.
Identifying a problem and proper consultation are key components in resolving a waterway concern. Part of consultation is to explore non-regulatory or voluntary compliance initiatives that may resolve the concern. It has been demonstrated on many waterways that non-regulatory initiatives can achieve the same result as a boating restriction, without going through the time-consuming regulatory process.
A non-regulatory alternative can be as simple as an agreement between waterway users to respect each other’s rights and operate in a courteous manner, or follow a voluntary code of conduct. Other forms of non-regulatory alternatives can be signs posted around a waterway requesting operators to reduce speed near narrow channels, near shore, around swimming areas or in areas where non-powered pleasure craft such as canoes and kayaks may be adversely affected by the speed or wake of a power-driven vessel. Signs such as “Please do not enter swimming area”, “Caution – swimming area”, “Please reduce your wake”, “Hazards near shore”, “Please reduce speed near shore”, “Please reduce speed when entering a narrow channel”, “In the interest of safety, all water-skiers please operate in a counter-clockwise direction”, are a few examples of how signage can be used to improve behaviour and increase safety on a waterway.
Voluntary compliance signs posted near a waterway cannot be mistaken for a federal prohibition if no prohibition exists. Posted signs that could be mistaken for a boating restriction are not permitted under federal legislation.
Signs indicating certain penalties already in regulations or Acts are also a good reminder to waterway users. “Prohibition Against Careless Operation” under section 43 of the Small Vessel Regulations is a good example. This section states “No person shall operate a small vessel in a careless manner, without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons”. Regional Offices of Boating Safety have sign templates indicating the types of operation this may include. Sign templates are also available here
Signs reminding waterway users of prohibitions under the Fisheries Act, Wildlife Act, or other Acts and regulations are also a good method of educating waterway users.
The Boating Restriction Regulations (BRRs) allow for the restriction of boating activities, on a specific body of water, in order to achieve safety, environmental, or public interest objectives. BRRs provide the means to impose restrictions such as:
Restrictions can apply at all times or be specific to certain times of the day, week, months or seasons. Submissions for a boating restriction under the BRRs can target a particular type or types of craft that are the cause of a problem. There are presently some 2000 boating restrictions in effect on various bodies of water across the country.
Step 1. Determine whether an alternate, effective, or non-regulatory means exist, such as working with the community for support, and or providing education to achieve the objectives. Transport Canada has trained personnel in each regional Office of Boating Safety across the country to proactively work with applicants in seeking solutions to waterway conflicts.
Step 2. If an alternate resolution is not found, regional staff will assist the applicant as appropriate.
Step 3. The applicant must:
The application package sent by the applicant to the regional Office of Boating Safety (OBS) must contain enough information to allow the OBS to review the file and ensure that the process followed has met the requirements of the Cabinet Directive on Streamlining. It is in the applicant’s interest to contact the regional OBS for guidance on non-regulatory alternatives and on developing the following information if a boating restriction is the appropriate alternative:
The regional OBS (and/or Designated Provincial Authority) will consider all aspects of the application and determine whether or not there is enough evidence to apply for a proposed boating restriction.
If necessary, an assessment of the waterway by qualified federal, provincial or territorial officials may be conducted to gather additional information to evaluate the waterway. The regional OBS will review and assess the level of consultation that has been conducted and will ensure that a cost/benefit analysis of the site(s) is prepared. Following this review, the regional OBS may recommend a proposed restriction for forwarding or return it to the applicant for more information or for further consultation. Recommended applications will be assembled and submitted to the Office of Boating Safety National Headquarters (OBS NHQ).
If the application is complete at this level, the OBS NHQ will prepare a Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement (RIAS) and other documentation. These documents will be in support of the designation and will summarize the information contained in the application, including an outline of the public consultations held, how the problem was defined, why this regulation was deemed the best solution, the impacts a designation will have on stakeholders, and how the different facets of the Cabinet Directive on Streamlining Regulation were satisfied.
The proposed amendment to the regulations to include the new site along with the accompanying RIAS is processed through the legislative law-making process, and may be published in the Canada Gazette Part I. The Gazette is published nationally and allows stakeholders one last opportunity to comment on the proposed regulatory changes. If comments are received by the federal government during the comment period that have already been addressed during the consultations, or if no comments are received at all, the proposed sites may be published in the Canada Gazette Part II and could become federal law at a date prescribed in the Regulation. In cases where comments are received that have not been previously addressed, the RIAS may have to be revised to address those concerns and/or additional consultations may have to be carried out.
Once the amendments have been published in Part II of the Canada Gazette, the OBS NHQ will inform the regional OBS and designated provincial authority (if applicable), who will in turn inform the applicant.
The applicant is responsible for ensuring that notification of the designation is given to the public. This notification can be in various forms, and may include the posting of signage in the designated areas or in public places close to the designated site. The applicant will be given ministerial authority to post any necessary signage once the proposed restriction is published in Canada Gazette Part II.
If you are reading this section, it is likely your application for a Boating Restriction has been accepted. You have proven that a restriction is the best way of dealing with the problem, consulted with those most affected, established that the benefits of the restriction exceed its costs, and ensured that agreements between the federal and provincial governments concerned are respected. Most importantly, you have made a case that both people and money will be used wisely to make this restriction work.
In this section you will find information on how to determine the number and style of signs you will need to implement approved Boating Restrictions. Information is provided on how and from where you can purchase these signs.
The success of your Boating Restriction depends on people knowing that there is a restriction and what it requires them to do. In large part this means the proper placement of authorized signs. As on any highway, visible and easily understood signs must be posted at appropriate places on the waterway, to increase the chance of people behaving the way you want them to.
The legal responsibilities which flow from an approved Boating Restriction are fairly simple. The sponsoring municipality or province is responsible for:
This section will help you to fulfill these two obligations. There are no hard and fast rules for the number of signs or their placement but well-placed signs will increase the chances of a successful restriction.
Consider what kind of boaters use the waterway. Are many of them day visitors using launching areas? Are many boaters just passing through? If the waterway sees a great deal of this kind of transient traffic, you may need more signs, particularly at launching areas and other points of entry. Ask yourself whether official boating restriction signs are sufficient. Perhaps you will need to erect a small billboard with a map of the lake (like a shopping mall map complete with "you are here") showing restricted areas and other helpful information such as hidden shallows.
Are most operators of boats familiar with the area? Are most of the boaters local cottagers or residents? A cost-effective solution is possible when you are dealing with boaters who return season after season. Install just a few signs in high traffic areas, but rely mainly on distributing pamphlets which outline the nature of the boating restrictions.
When it comes to deciding where to place signs, there are few hard and fast rules, and some general guidelines. In addition to these, apply your own knowledge of the waterway and the behaviour of the boaters who use it.
Access points to the restricted waterway are natural places for signs, and these can include any public launching area. Signs at launching areas should be clearly visible, facing the landward side of the shore. If the restricted waterway is a river or channel, signs should be posted at all entry points to the restricted zone. If your restriction was motivated by a concern for swimmers, post signs on buoys at the edges of the restricted zone.
Signs are most often posted in the spring. Choose spots that will not become overgrown with foliage as the season progresses, to ensure visibility and to reduce maintenance chores.
Before you decide where to place signs, talk with the local office of the enforcement agency that will be policing the boating restriction.
If you have decided to place a sign on a buoy in navigable waters, you must first check with the Navigation Protection Program (NPP) of Transport Canada. The NPP is responsible for authorizing the placement of any "work", such as a dock, buoy, or pier in any navigable water in Canada.
3.5 Size and Height of Signs
The minimum size for a land-based boating restriction sign is 60 cm in diameter or width. For floating signs, the minimum diameter or width is 30 cm.
To determine an effective size for readability, it is important to know how far the boat will be from the sign when it first needs to be understood. Most sign makers can be consulted for advice on the appropriate size, but here are a few guidelines:
Water does not remain calm, and that should be taken into consideration when installing both floating signs and those on shore:
Until now, this guide has provided a menu of ideas for promoting compliance, for where to place signs and for determining how big they should be. But when it comes to the actual look of the signs, you have no choice at all. For the sake of consistency and visibility, there are a number of regulations governing the appearance of Boating Restriction signs. There are no short cuts.
Every sign must be marked at the lower edge in black with the words Transport Canada and Transports Canada and be accompanied by the Canadian flag logo. Many printers will know this combination of name and flag as the "FIP", which stands for Federal Identity Program. All signs have to be bordered by a band in international orange, and the width of that band must be one-twelfth of the width or diameter of the sign.
All of the graphic elements required can be found at the three links below,. You can take these pages to a sign maker, or your sign maker can download the corresponding files from this Web Site directly.
You can use the specifications sheet in the appendix to help you refine the order or tender which you can take to a sign maker. For each type of sign, the specifications should include:
To choose a sign maker, ask any local agency that regularly orders signs, such as the highway department, for the name of a reputable business or service. Any firm which makes road signs should be able to make signs for boating restrictions. But you will want to ensure that they can obtain international orange.
The level of government that obtained the boating restriction is responsible for all sign maintenance and sign replacement, including all costs.
With modern materials, it can be ten years or more before a sign shows obvious signs of deterioration. However, signs should be checked two or three times each season to ensure they have not been vandalized, obscured by plant growth or in any other way altered. Always check your signs after storms and heavy rains. Any buoy used to display signs must be removed at the end of the season (if applicable) and stored until spring.
The Boating Restriction Regulations provide protection for the signs. It's an offence to place or remove a sign without proper authorization. It's also an offence to alter, conceal, damage or destroy an authorized sign or to use a sign or sign post as a mooring. Any one who fails to follow these regulations can be fined up to $500. The level of government that obtained the boating restriction is responsible for all sign maintenance and sign replacement, including all costs.
With modern materials, it can be ten years or more before a sign shows obvious signs of deterioration. However, signs should be checked two or three times each season to ensure they have not been vandalized, obscured by plant growth or in any other way altered. Always check your signs after storms and heavy rains.
Any buoy used to display signs must be removed at the end of the season (if applicable) and stored until spring.
The Boating Restriction Regulations provide protection for the signs. It's an offence to place or remove a sign without proper authorization. It's also an offence to alter, conceal, damage or destroy an authorized sign or to use a sign or sign post as a mooring. Any one who fails to follow these regulations can be fined up to $500.
This section has two purposes. First, you can print this section, and then fill it out with the necessary information for your sign maker. Second, by clicking on the various small pictures (called thumbnails) shown below, you can download the graphics which you will need to give to your sign maker.
Sign makers appreciate receiving what they have to print as a series of black and white graphics (called colour separations), which they then combine and print in various colours to give you a complete sign. For this reason, the various signs have been divided into various graphic elements which each represent a different colour. In most cases, you will need to pick at least one thumbnail from each of four categories of graphic elements.
When you click on these thumbnails, the graphic will open in a second window, possibly hidden behind this one. These graphics will look huge, but they will print on a single piece of paper. I suggest that you print this new window, and also save it as a file. The easiest way to save the file is to click on the graphic and hold your Macintosh mouse until a menu pops up which gives you the alternative to save the file. In Windows, right click on the mouse for the same effect.4.2 Specifications Sheet
Name of applicant (Municipality or Town)
Name of waterbody
Chose one. Click on the appropriate thumbnails in the right-hand column to provide you with down-loadable artwork.
|No time, or compass point limitation||
Use rhomboid or circle.
|Limited to times of the day||
Use orange semi-circle on green box with shaded clock.
|Limited to times of the week||
Use orange semi-circle on green box with shaded days of the week
|Limited to times of the year||
Use orange semi-circle on green box with shaded monthly calendar.
|Limited by compass points||
Use orange semi-circle on green box with shaded compass.
Click on the appropriate thumbnail in the right-hand column to provide you with down-loadable artwork
Use rhomboid or circle.
|Two restrictions in one area||
Use rhomboids or circles in a cartouche.
|Three or more restrictions in one area||Design your own elongated cartouche.|
Choose one or more. Click on the appropriate thumbnail in the right-hand column to provide you with down-loadable artwork.
|Speed control (5, 10, 25,40, 55, or 70 km/h)||
Use numbers and "Max Km/h".
|Parks and controlled access power limit||
Use numbers and "Max kW".
|Power driven vessels prohibited||
Use propeller and slash.
|Power driven vessels prohibited except electric||
Use propeller with gas pump and slash.
|Permit required to hold a regatta||
Use "Regatta" or "Régate" and slash.
Use "SKI" and slash.
|All vessels prohibited||
Number of Signs
Number of public entry points: Use one sign per entry point.
Number of signs required for shorelines or buoys where significant boating requires notice of a restriction: (e.g. at swimming area, narrows, or shallows: Use enough signs along shoreline so that one is always visible.
Check as appropriate
|Small:||Floating signs||30 cm diameter: Multiply supplied artwork by 2.|
|Medium:||Signs at public entry points. Land-based signs 30 metres from slow boats.||45 cm in diameter.: Multiply supplied artwork by 3.|
|Large:||Land-based signs for high-speed boats less than 60 metres away.||75 cm in diameter: Multiply supplied artwork by 5.|
Check as appropriate No Substitutions
Materials for signs
White-painted galvanized steel
Linden Lake is approximately 1.5 kilometres long and a maximum of one kilometre wide, and its eastern half approximately 600 metres at its widest point. It is primarily surrounded by private property, except for a portion of the western shore that is part of a public park, and a public launch ramp at the end of Linden Lake Road, adjacent to the park.
The population in the area has grown in recent years, resulting in an increase in all aspects of waterway usage including swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, waterskiing and wakeboarding. Many long-term residents around the lake expressed their concern and unhappiness with the increased use of the lake, particularly by power boaters “hot-dogging”, wake jumping, and buzzing close to other vessels and their docks. Their concerns ranged from potential damage to docks from wakes, to fears of wakes overturning smaller non-powered craft, and even the disturbance of what was once a quiet restful place to live being affected by noise and what some residents described as “chaos on the water”.
During a Property Owners Association meeting a decision was made to approach the municipality to limit the number of powerboats to those owned by property owners or to ban them from the lake completely.
The municipality informed the property owners the responsibility for waterways rested with the federal government and they could do nothing to help.
The property owners association contacted the Office of Boating Safety (OBS) and expressed their concerns regarding the activities on Linden Lake, and requested a restriction or ban on powerboat use. The OBS provided background information on how the processed worked, and indicated that there may be non-regulatory options or other regulations already in place to improve the situation on Linden Lake. The owners at this point said that they had taken a vote and 98% of the property owners felt that a restriction was the best way to address their concerns. The OBS advised that in order to help them resolve their concerns, proper consultation and an evaluation of the waterway concerns had to be conducted. Consultation and an opportunity to become involved in the process must include all users or those with an interest in the waterway and could not be limited to one specific group. The municipality or some other level of government also should be involved as the process develops.
After reading the Guide and doing some research, the property owners association approached the municipality for support in contacting stakeholders and assisting them in following the process in the Local Authorities Guide. The municipality agreed given the number of safety concerns raised by residents.
Their first step taken was to identify as many users of the waterway as possible and examine ways of contacting them. It was suggested a good way to start would be to post information signs at the boat launch, notices on the park bulletin board, police station, city hall, and a few businesses catering to waterway users as well as an ad in the local paper. This was done over a couple of months during the period of time that was identified as the peak use period for Linden Lake ensuring widespread notification.
The signs and notices essentially said that there were concerns regarding safety and the present use of Linden Lake, and that the property owners association were seeking a boating restriction or some other resolution to concerns they identified and anyone wishing to comment to contact the local municipality.
Within the first month there appeared to be quite a split in opinion on the future of Linden Lake with some people agreeing that there were problems while others felt that since there have been no accidents or injuries, there was no problem.
After discussing the issue further with OBS and receiving clarification regarding what was available to assist in resolving some of the issues, the municipality decided to hold a meeting to clarify the problems, and find some possible common ground or understanding. In the interest of fairness, an individual who had no strong feelings one way or the other was appointed as chair of the meeting. The municipality sent out notices of the meeting and representatives from both groups were in attendance.
Despite some individual opposing views, it was identified at the meeting by both groups that wakes from some vessels could cause problems for small craft, and high speed near shore around the swimming areas and possibly the docks along the shoreline was not a safe thing to do. It was also discovered that the noise concerns were mainly from music on board a couple of unidentified vessels during one or two parties that were so loud shoreline residents couldn’t sleep. What was not readily identified was what has the community done to try and improve the situation other than some members seeking a ban or restriction? What could they do?
This is the point where alternatives were identified and explored. Everyone knew by now that a boating restriction was an option but could not be considered as the only solution at this time, especially when a ban would be considered too heavy handed given the problems identified.
Several options were explored. One option was a voluntary code of conduct amongst the power boaters who lived in the area to not travel at high speed near shore, or cause large wakes around the docks or smaller vessels. Although it was agreed that this might work for most local users, it may not help in the case of transient vessels coming from other areas for a day then leaving. It was noted that there were some existing regulations that if advertised, may increase safety and cooperation amongst users. Under the Boating Restriction Regulations, all waterways in their province were subject to a 10-km/hr speed limit within 30 metres from shore. There were signage templates available through the OBS and the municipality could post a sign as a reminder to boaters. There was also a regulation against careless operation under the Small Vessel Regulations. Careless operation may include but is not limited to - weaving through other vessels at high speed, jumping waves or wakes, operating an engine at peak RPM causing excessive noise, operating a vessel in circular or criss-cross patterns for extended periods of time in the same location, or causing an excessive wake. Signage templates were also available through the OBS or on their Web site.
Although engine noise (muffler requirements) are a federal responsibility, excessive noise from music on board vessels could be regulated by a local by-law if necessary and wake boarders and water-skiers agreed to set times of day they would operate and water-ski in the largest part of the lake in a counter-clock wise direction. This would be advertised by a sign at the boat launch and be self-policing.
The end result was no restriction could be justified at this time, and most people were willing to give the options discussed a try to see if the majority of concerns were resolved.
Atlantic (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Office of Boating Safety
Transport Canada, Marine Safety
100 New Gower Street, Suite 740
P.O. Box 1300
St. John's, Newfoundland
Tel: 709-772-6915 or toll-free at 1-800-230 3693
Fax: 709 772-3072
Atlantic (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island)
Office of Boating Safety
Transport Canada, Marine Safety
45 Alderney Drive
P.O. Box 1013
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Tel: 902-426-7525 or call toll-free at 1-800-387-4999
Office of Boating Safety
Transport Canada, Marine Safety
1550, avenue d'Estimauville
Office of Boating Safety
Transport Canada, Marine Safety
100 Front Street South
Prairie and Northern (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut)
Office of Boating Safety
Transport Canada, Marine Safety
PO Box 8550, 344 Edmonton Street
Pacific (British Columbia)
Superintendent of the Office of Boating Safety
Transport Canada, Marine Safety
620-800 Burrard St.
Fax: 604 666 5444
1 Constitution Act, Section 91(10)
2 Treasury Board Secretariat, Program Branch - Regulatory Affairs, Managing Regulation in Canada: Regulatory Reform and Regulatory Processes. Minister of Supply and Services Canada, 1996.