The following links are to programs and services that will be of interest to the recreational boater.
Operator Competency Requirements
The Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations require operators of pleasure craft fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes to have proof of competency on board at all times. These requirements are being phased in over ten years.
Cross Often? Make it simple, use NEXUS
NEXUS is a joint initiative of the Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The program is designed to expedite the border clearance process for pre-approved, low-risk travellers into Canada and the United States. This allows both Canada and the United States to focus their efforts on unknown and potentially higher-risk travellers and goods. NEXUS members are subject to the same rigorous security standards as all travellers.
If you are approved to participate in NEXUS, you will receive a membership identification card to use when entering Canada or the United States at all participating NEXUS air, land and marine ports of entry.
In the marine mode, NEXUS members can meet their border clearance obligations by calling a telephone reporting centre 30 minutes (minimum) and up to four hours (maximum) before their expected arrival in either Canada or the United States. NEXUS is available at approximately 450 existing designated marine reporting sites across Canada. For more information, visit www.nexus.gc.ca.
Service Standards for Marine Safety’s Fees
As a result of a government "Policy on Service Standards for External Fees" and the "User Fee Act (UFA)", Marine Safety is developing service standards in relation to the fees charged.
Navigable Waters Protection Program (NWPP)
is responsible for:
Assumes responsibilty for aids to navigation, including the setting up and maintaining aids such as buoys, lighthouses and radio navigation systems, which help mariners pinpoint their location and avoid hidden dangers; educating and training mariners to use the system; and advising those who wish to set up private aids to navigation.
Environmental Protection / Environmental Response
The team has the largest federal inventory of marine pollution control equipment in Canada. Its services include monitoring and responding to marine oil spills and chemical emergencies; developing and refining standards that improve Canada's preparedness and response regime; and initiating and supporting new spill response methods and technology.
The Icebreaking Program supports economic activities by assisting commercial vessels to voyage efficiently and safely through or around ice covered waters. With the support of the Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaking Program, most Canadian ports are open for business year-round.
Marine Communications & Traffic Services
Marine Communications & Traffic Services serves the marine community and the public at large to ensure the safety of life at sea in response to international agreements, protection of the environment through traffic management, efficient movement of shipping and information for business & the national interest.