Visitors to Canada
Source: Transport Canada
Information last verified: 20/09/2010
All boaters (both residents and visitors) on Canadian waters are expected to know and obey the rules that apply in Canada. However, if you are a non-resident of Canada and are operating a boat in Canadian waters, the exceptions below apply to you.
If you are a non-resident visiting Canada with your boat, you are not required to carry proof of competency on board as long as your boat is in Canada for less than 45 consecutive days.
If you do require proof of competency (because the above doesn’t apply or you want to operate a boat licensed or registered in Canada) then you may use an operator card or similar proof of competency issued by your home state or country. Either way, you must keep proof of residence on board with you at all times.
Safety Equipment Requirements
Foreign boats (those that are licensed or registered in a country other than Canada) need to comply with the equipment requirements of the country in which the boat is usually kept.
If you are a non-resident of Canada operating a boat that is licensed or registered in Canada, the boat must meet Canadian safety equipment requirements. However, in either case, you may bring your own lifejacket to use as long as it fits and meets the requirements of your home country.