Small Vessel Compliance Program (SVCP)

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The Small Vessel Compliance Program (SVCP) is our easy-to-use tool to help small non-pleasure vessel owners operate safely and protect the environment.

What's new in the SVCP!

Please note that the new Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations that amends the Small Fishing vessel inspection Regulations will come into force in the summer of 2017. Consequently, Transport Canada is developing a new version of the Small Vessel Compliance Program that will include small fishing vessels. The new online enrollment system will be accessible through Transport Canada’ Small Vessel Compliance Program website.

Find out more about Small Fishing Vessel Safety

  • Check out our new films on how the SVCP can make a difference!

Who is the SVCP for?

The Small Vessel Compliance Program (SVCP) is for vessels that:

  • measure between 0 and 15 gross tonnage
  • carry between 0 and 12 passengers
  • is not a pleasure craft

This includes workboats and government vessels.

Recreational Boating Schools can also enroll in the Small Vessel Compliance Program.

The SVCP does not currently enroll fishing vessels or human-powered vessels.

Why should I participate in the SVCP?

If you own or operate a small vessel in Canada, there are safety and environmental requirements in the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 (CSA 2001) that apply to you. The SVCP is not mandatory, but meeting these requirements is. The SVCP Enrolment Form (Detailed Compliance Report) is an easy to follow check list that helps you be aware of Canadian regulations and operate legally. Participants in the SVCP receive a blue decal to display on their vessel.

How do I enroll in the SVCP?

Enrolling in the SVCP is easy. Simply follow these three steps and be a safe and environmentally friendly vessel!

Where can I find more information?

To learn more about the SVCP, please contact:

  • Your regional Marine Safety office
  • Phone:  613-991-3135
  • Toll Free:  1-855-859-3123
  •  Email

Or see our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

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