I found an abandoned boat or wreck

From Transport Canada

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I found an abandoned boat or wreck

The boat or wreck poses an immediate and serious threat to public safety (because of fire, explosion, suspicious activity).

Yes – Call 911 or local police

The boat or wreck poses a potential, actual or immediate threat to the environment (because it is leaking oil or another substance that could pollute the water).

Yes – Contact the Canadian Coast Guard:

  • NL: 1-800-563-9089
  • NB, NS, PEI: 1-800-565-1633
  • QC: 1-800-363-4735
  • ON, NU: 1-800-265-0237
  • BC, AB, SK, MB, YK, NWT: 1-800-889-8852

Why? The Canadian Coast Guard takes the lead when addressing pollution from boats and ships.
* All lines are open 24 hours every day.

The boat or wreck poses a potential, actual or immediate threat to safe navigation (because it makes navigation dangerous or blocks other boats from a passage).

Yes – Contact Transport Canada’s Navigation Protection Program for more information and assistance:

  • N.L., N.B., N.S., P.E.I.: 506-851-3113
  • Que.: 418-648-4651
  • Ont.: 519-383-1863
  • Alta., Sask., Man., Y.T., N.W.T., Nun.: 780-495-8215
  • B.C.: 604-775-8867

Why? If there is an obstruction, Transport Canada may order the wreck/boat be moved or removed, within the limits of its authority.

It may be a military or heritage wreck.
Yes – Do not touch it. Report it to the Navigation Protection Program.

You want to take possession of the boat or salvage/remove the wreck.
No – Owners are responsible for their property. Try to locate and contact the owner. For tips on locating boat owners, visit our web page.
Yes – Do you know the owner? Yes – Owners are responsible for their property. Contact the owner.
Yes – Do you know the owner? No – Owners are responsible for their property. Try to locate and contact the owner. For tips on locating boat owners, visit our web page. Otherwise contact the Navigation Protection Program for more information and assistance.

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