To obtain a "PCL" - Pleasure Craft license
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Changes in Applying for a Pleasure Craft Licence

Any pleasure craft powered by a motor over 10 hp (7.5 kW) must have a PCL and PCOC valid boat licence
A pleasure craft licence allows search and rescue personnel and other agencies to quickly identify your boat in the event of an emergency.


re;Registration for non-pleasure-craft-human-powered vessels;
small sailing vessels and small vessels fitted with propulsion motors less than 10 hp (7.5 kW)
Registration for all human-powered vessels (such as canoes or kayaks), as well as for all small sailing vessels and all small vessels fitted with propulsion motors less than 10 hp (7.5 kW) will not be required but only recommended.

Registration will continue to be required for commercial river rafts, government vessels or other vessels in future which require registration for safety reasons.
Vessel registration forms - Transport Canada - Government of Canada
Pleasure Craft Licence Information
https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obs-news-menu-3215.htm

Government of Canada announces changes
For release - March 17, 2011

Government of Canada announces changes to registration requirements for human-powered vessels, small motorboats

The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced important changes to Transport Canada’s small vessel registration requirements.

Owners of human-powered vessels, such as canoes, kayaks and small sailing vessels, as well as small vessels with onboard fuel powered motors less than 7.5 kilowatts (10 horsepower) "will not" have to register their craft with Transport Canada.

This registration will continue to be required for commercial river rafts, government vessels and for any vessels where registration is necessary for safety reasons.

Pleasure craft licences are free and are valid for 10 years.

Due to recent changes in the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, pleasure craft licences are now valid for 10 years. If there are changes to your name or particulars of your vessel or address in that time, you must update your licence.
You can submit your updates on-line through the “Pleasure Craft Electronic Licensing System” or
by applying to the Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre.

Owners of licensed pleasure craft have up to 90 days from the date of purchase to transfer a pleasure craft licence, during which time they may continue to operate the pleasure craft if documents are carried on board confirming the name and address of the new owner and the date of the transfer of ownership.

Owners registering a fleet of human-powered vessels must also provide:
* the number, length or approximate length, and type of vessels in the fleet, including the Hull Identification Number (HIN) if available.
Transport Canada must be informed:
* of a change in ownership of a vessel or fleet; and
* if the vessel or fleet has been disbanded.

“What doesn’t change are the safety requirements.
Small vessels, such as canoes and kayaks, their owners and users must continue to adhere to all safety requirements under the Canada Shipping Act.” added Minister Strahl.
Canada Shipping Act
Posted at Transport Canada - http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/acts-regulations/acts-2001c26.htm

Regulations are current to 2016-03-16
Small Vessel Regulations (SOR/2010-91)
Enabling Act: CANADA SHIPPING ACT, 2001
http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-2010-91
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Attention Boaters

As of March 17 2011, to get your pleasure craft licence, you must mail the following documents to the Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre:

1. a completed application form;
2. proof of vessel ownership; and
3. a signed copy of a valid piece of government-issued identification.

To skip to form - # 84-0172E
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Small Vessel Regulations

CANADA - CONSOLIDATION


Small Vessel Regulations SOR/2010-91

Current to February 26, 2011

Regulations

These Regulations apply in respect of
(a) a pleasure craft;
(b) a passenger-carrying vessel of not more than 15 gross tonnage that carries not more than 12 passengers and is not a human-powered vessel;
(c) a workboat of not more than 15 gross tonnage; and
(d) a human-powered vessel other than a pleasure craft.

These Regulations do not apply in respect of
(a) a fishing vessel;
(b) a rescue boat or lifeboat that is carried on board a vessel exclusively to meet a requirement for life-saving appliances set out in other regulations made under the Act;
(c) a vessel in respect of which the Special-purpose Vessels Regulations apply; or
(d) an air cushion vehicle of more than 4,500 kg all up weight.

Regulations are current to 2016-03-16
Small Vessel Regulations (SOR/2010-91)
Enabling Act: CANADA SHIPPING ACT, 2001
http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-2010-91

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Pleasure Craft Licence Application

To apply for a pleasure craft licence, you will need to print and fill out an application form and provide the appropriate supporting documents.

Form - General Information and Instructions

Application for Pleasure Craft Licence


Please note that it is important for you to read all of the instructions before completing and submitting the form.
NOTE: Part D of the application contains some fields, i.e. hull material, hull type, primary hull colour, and secondary hull colour.
Remember that this information will assist search and rescue personnel, should you ever need their services.


HOW TO FILL OUT THE APPLICATION FOR PLEASURE CRAFT LICENCE
To license a pleasure craft that has never been licensed
1. Complete Part A
2. In Part C, select "Domestic" if your boat was purchased in Canada, or "Foreign" if it was purchased outside of Canada.
3. Select "New" in the "Reason for the application" section.
4. Complete Part D
5. Complete Part F
To transfer a pleasure craft licence
1. Complete Part A
2. Complete Part B by noting the current licence number of the pleasure craft in the space provided.
3. Select "Transfer" in the "Reason for the application" section.
4. Complete Part D
5. Complete Part E
6. Complete Part F
To update the information on your pleasure craft licence
1. Complete Part A
2. Complete Part B by noting the current licence number of the pleasure craft in the space provided.
3. Select "Update Information" in the "Reason for the application" section.
4. Complete Part D
5. Complete Part F
Note: If you are changing your name as it appears on your licence, you will need to show a document of legal name change (a photocopy of the documents is preferred and accceptable).
To get a duplicate licence
1. Complete Part A
2. Complete Part B by writing the current licence number of the pleasure craft in the space provided.
3. Select "Duplicate" in the "Reason for the application" section.
4. Complete Part D
5. Complete Part F
To cancel a licence
1. Complete Part A
2. Complete Part B by writing the current licence number of the pleasure craft in the space provided.
3. Select "Cancellation" in the "Reason for the application" section.
4. Complete Part F

A pleasure craft licence can only be cancelled if the boat is no longer seaworthy, has been destroyed, will no longer be primarily maintained or operated in Canada, or the pleasure craft will be registered.
If you have sold your boat, the new owner must transfer the Pleasure Craft Licence to their name. They are the only ones permitted to cancel the licence.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION
Complete and sign this Application form and mail it with required documents to:
Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre
P.O. Box 2006
Fredericton New Brunswick E3B 5G4
Please allow five (5) business days to process your application. Applications cannot be processed unless you provide complete information and include all required supporting documentation (photocopies of the supporting documentation are preferred and acceptable-no documentation will be retained)

Note: If your application is incomplete or if any supporting documents are missing, we will return the entire application package to you.
To avoid delays, please ensure to carefully follow the steps outlined above.

Pleasure craft license form #84-0172E may be obtained and printed at Transport Canada,
http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/Corp-Serv-Gen/5/Forms-Formulaires/searchrs.aspx?formnumber=84-0172E

Questions and Answers for more information at Transport Canada,
http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obs-paperwork-paperwork_boat_licence-3211.htm

More Pleasure Craft Licence information may be obtained at - Transport Canada
https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obs-news-menu-3215.htm

Safe Boating Guide
2014 - Safe Boating guide - Transport Canada - Quick Links - Download the 2014 Safe Boating Guide
Direct link to Transport Canada current Safe Boating Guide
PDF
https://www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/marinesafety/TP-511e.pdf
Main Page HTM
http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obs-menu-1362.htm

Canadian Coast Guard - Safety Afloat approved manual
A free boating safety course accredited by the Canadian Coast Guard
http://longlakelodge.ca/Safety-Afloat-PCOC-Can-Coast_Guard-FC-2011.pdf


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Online boating safety course is fully approved and accredited by Transport Canada.
Access to this five-module training course (with practice quizzes at the end of each module) is free of charge.
http://www.safetyafloat.ca/train.php - http://www.freecourse.ca/train.php

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Mandatory safety equipment for Pleasure Craft in Canada
The mandatory safety equipment specified under the Small Vessel Regulations are minimum requirements only. To be well prepared for emergencies and breakdowns, we recommend that you carry more than the minimum safety equipment required by law.

Personal watercraft (PWC)

Everyone onboard is wearing a PWC lifejacket or personal flotation device (PFD) of appropriate size, only the following equipment is required on board: two people on a personal watercraft being operated in open water;

1. A sound-signaling device;
2. A watertight flashlight or three flares other than smoke signals;
3. A magnetic compass, if the PWC is navigated outside of seamarks; and
4. Navigation lights that meet the requirements set out in the Collision Regulations, if the pleasure craft is operated after sunset, before sunrise, or in periods of restricted visibility (fog, falling snow, etc.).Under all other circumstances, the safety equipment requirements for Sail and powered pleasure craft up to 6 m (19'8") must be followed.

Sail and powered pleasure craft up to 6 m (19'8")

Personal Lifesaving Appliances

1. One (1) Canadian-approved personal flotation device or lifejacket of appropriate size for each person on board.
2. One (1) buoyant heaving line at least than 15 m (49’3”) long.
3. One (1) reboarding deviceNote: A reboarding device is only required if the vertical height that must be climbed to reboard the pleasure craft from the water is over 0.5 m (1’8”).

Visual Signals
only required if boat is equipped with a motor.

4. One (1) watertight flashlight or Three (3) Canadian-approved flares of Type A (Rocket Parachute), B (Multi-Star) or C (Hand)Note:
Flares are not required for a pleasure craft that:
* Is operating on a river, canal or lake in which it can never be more than one (1) nautical mile (1.852 km) from shore;
* Has no sleeping quarters and is engaged in an official competition or in final preparation for an official competition.

Vessel Safety Equipment

5. One (1) manual propelling device or One (1) anchor and at least 15 m (49’3”) of cable, rope or chain in any combination
6. One (1) bailerOROne (1) manual bilge pumpNote: A bailer or manual bilge pump is not required for a pleasure craft that cannot hold enough water to make it capsize or a pleasure craft that has watertight compartments that are sealed and not readily accessible.

Navigation equipment

7.
One (1) sound-signalling appliance that meets the requirements set out in the Collision Regulations or A sound-signalling device.
8. Navigation lights meet the requirements set out in the Collision Regulations
Note: Sailing vessels less than 7 m in length can meet this requirement with a watertight flashlight.
Note: Navigation lights are only required if the pleasure craft is operated after sunset, before sunrise, or in periods of restricted visibility (fog, falling snow, etc.).
9. One (1) magnetic compass
Note: A magnetic compass is not required if the pleasure craft is 8 m (26’3”) or less and is operated within sight of sea marks (navigation marks).

Firefighting Equipment

10. One (1) radar reflector is required under certain conditions.
11. One (1) 5BC fire extinguisher if the pleasure craft is equipped with an inboard engine, a fixed fuel tank of any size, or a fuel-burning cooking, heating or refrigeration appliance
.

safety equipment for pleasure craft
Type of vessel: Kayak
Canoe
Sail PWC Unpowered and Powered Craft
Vessel length: < 6 metres < 6 metres 6 to 8 metres 8 to 12 metres 12 to 20 metres > 20 metres
Required Safety Equipment
PFD or lifejacket for each occupant
Buoyant 15 m heaving line on 30 m line
610 or 762 mm lifebuoy on 15 m line on 15 m line on 15 m line
Re-boarding device if free- board > 0.5 m if free- board > 0.5 m
Lifting harness
Manual propelling device or anchor(s) 30 m anchor line 50 m anchor line 50 m anchor line
Bailer or manual water pump Bailer and pump
Fire extinguisher(s) 1
5BC
1
5BC
1 or 2
5BC
1 or 2
5BC
2
10BC
3
10BC
3+
10BC
Fire axe 1 2
10 Ltr. bucket(s) 2 4
Powered fire pump
Watertight flashlight or flares Light or 3 flares A/B/C Light or 3 flares A/B/C Light or 3 flares A/B/C Light or 3 flares A/B/C Light & 6 flares A/B/C Light & 12 flares A/B/C/D Light & 12 flares A/B/C/D Light & 12 flares A/B/C/D
Sound signalling device/appliance any type any type any type any type any type 1 1+ bell 1+ bell
Navigation lights or a flashlight


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Fines
Vessel operator cannot show his Pleasure Craft Operator’s card $250
Underage operator, including PWC operators under 16 $250
Failure to have on board proof of age of operator $250
Failure of non-residents to have on board proof of residency $250
Insufficient PFDs, / Lifejackets $200
Insufficient fire extinguishers $200
Careless operation of a vessel $350
Removing, tampering with hull ID or capacity plates, etc. $200
Placing unauthorized sign restricting boating $150
Mooring to authorized signs, altering, defacing, removing $150
Failure to remove unauthorized sign $150
Failure to maintain an authorized sign $150
Operating in contravention of an authorized sign; speeding $100
Operate vessel without required equipment in working order $100
Operate vessel not meeting prescribed safety standards $100
Operate without prescribed equipment bearing official stamp or label $100
All refueling infractions, inside or outside vessel each $100
No rigid International flag code a on vessel when diving $100
Failure to comply with a Peace Officer $100
Licensing of vessel: failure to produce license papers; no hull ID# $100
No noise abatement device within 5 miles of shore $100
All towing of people infractions; spotter, seat, after dark $100
Failure to exhibit proper lights at night or in limited visibility $100
Failure to have on board as prescribed for your vessel: 15m heaving line, manual propelling device, bailer, flares, watertight flashlight, sound signaling device, anchor & rode $100 each infraction

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