About the Small Vessel Compliance Program

As part of the ongoing regulatory reform under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 (CSA 2001), the Small Vessel Regulations were updated and the new regulations came into force in the spring of 2010. To help small non-pleasure vessel owners be aware of, and understand, the new regulations and their requirements under the CSA 2001 and its regulations, Transport Canada Marine Safety developed the Small Vessel Compliance Program (Non-Pleasure Craft)(SVCP).

The SVCP provides owners with an easy-to-use tool to help them ensure that their small non-pleasure vessel meet the requirements.

Vessels that are eligible to enrol in the SVCP must measure between 0 and15 gross tonnage,and carry between 0 and 12 passengers, but are not pleasure craft used solely for recreational purposes, fishing vessels engaged in commercial fishing activities, or human-powered vessels. Workboats and government vessels are included in this program.

All small non-pleasure vessels must be compliant with the CSA 2001 at all times, however, enrolment in the SVCP is optional.

Important Note:  Did you remember to register your vessel with Transport Canada? Follow this link to find out about registration requirements.

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