Age-Horsepower RestrictionsSource: Transport Canada
Information last validated: 18/09/2010
Youth under 16 years of age may not operate boats with motors over certain horsepower limits unless someone 16 years of age or older is in the boat and directly supervising them.
Youth under 16 may not operate a personal watercraft (PWC) under any circumstances.
Are you old enough to operate a motorized boat? Find out from the chart below.
|Under 12 years of age with no direct supervision||May operate a boat with up to 10 hp(7.5 kW)|
|Ages 12 to 16 with no direct supervision||May operate a boat with up to 40 hp(30 kW|
|Under 16 years of age, regardless of supervision||May not operate a PWC|
|16 years of age or older||No horsepower restrictions|
These restrictions do not currently apply in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Remember that these restrictions are separate from the requirement for proof of competency and both must be followed. This means that youth under 16 require proof of competency to operate any motorized boat, supervised or not.