Changes could be coming to pleasure craft licensing in Canada | May 12, 2022

A recent article was written by Cottage Life magazine summarizing prospective changes to the pleasure craft license in Canada.  If you operate a marine craft you might be interested to see those changes.

Proposed changes to pleasure craft licensing include:

  • Introducing a five-year validity period for pleasure craft licences (PCL).
  • Expanding the Small Vessel Regulations to include all pleasure crafts equipped with motors of 10 hp or more and all pleasure crafts (including all power-driven and sail-alone vessels) above six metres in length.
  • Owners must notify Transport Canada of a name or address change and of a sale or transfer of a vessel within 30 days.
  • Easier cancellation of a pleasure craft licence, if a lifetime PCL holder fails to apply, a PCL holder fails to renew a PCL, or a PCL holder wishes to remove their pleasure craft from service.
  • Introducing a $15 service fee to process an application to obtain, renew, or duplicate a PCL.

You can read the full article here: Changes could be coming to pleasure craft licensing in Canada | Cottage Life

The Federal Government held public consultations from November 12, 2020 to January 15, 2021.  The outcome of those consultations can be found here: modernizing pleasure craft licensing