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Vessel Registration Office

Registration or Licensing of Vessels in Canada - Overview

Small Vessel Register (Commercial) 

This type of registration is required for: 

  • Vessels less than or equal to 15 gross tonnes used for commercial purposes with propulsion motors 10 horsepower (7.5kW) or more.
  • Commercial river rafts
  • Government owned vessels propulsion motors with 10 horsepower (7.5kW) or more.
  • Small commercial vessels licensed with Canada Customs prior to 1998 on behalf of Transport Canada. Please note licences issued under this system will no longer be valid as of July 1st, 2012.
  • You must register your small commercial vessel in the Canadian Register of Vessels if you require a marine mortgage or have an approved name and port of registry for your vessel.

*Please note you must register your vessel in the Canadian Register of Vessels if you require a marine mortgage on the vessel.

Canadian Register of Vessels

This type of registration is required for:

  • Vessels more than 15 gross tonnes used for commercial purposes, including government owned vessels
  • Vessels that require marine mortgages
  • Pleasure Craft: You may also choose to register in the Canadian Register of Vessels if you wish to have an approved name and port of registry for your vessel, register a mortgage, or show proof of ownership.
  • There are fees to register your vessel.Fees are payable by Visa, MasterCard or AMEX. You can also pay by cheque or money order made payable to the RECEIVER GENERAL FOR CANADA.

Pleasure Craft Licence

Pleasure Craft licences are required for vessels used only for recreational purposes, do not carry passengers and are powered by an engine of 10 horsepower (7.5W) or more unless they are registered in the Canadian Register of Vessels.

A Pleasure Craft Licence is different from Vessel Registration. Visit the Pleasure Craft Licences: Questions and Answers page for more information on licensing your pleasure craft. There are no fees to license your pleasure craft.

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