Canada Shipping Act, 2001

An Act respecting shipping and navigation and to amend the Shipping Conferences Exemption Act, 1987 and other Acts

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

This Act may be cited as the Canada Shipping Act, 2001.

The objectives of this Act are to

  1. protect the health and well-being of individuals, including the crews of vessels, who participate in marine transportation and commerce;
  2. promote safety in marine transportation and recreational boating;
  3. protect the marine environment from damage due to navigation and shipping activities;
  4. develop a regulatory scheme that encourages viable, effective and economical marine transportation and commerce; 
  5. promote an efficient marine transportation system;
  6. develop a regulatory scheme that encourages the viable, effective and economical use of Canadian waters by recreational boaters;
  7. ensure that Canada can meet its international obligations under bilateral and multilateral agreements with respect to navigation and shipping;
  8. encourage the harmonization of marine practices; and 
  9. establish an effective inspection and enforcement program.

The pertinent parts of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 are:

  • Canadian Maritime Documents
  • Registration, Listing, and Recording
  • Pleasure Craft
  • CSA P1 16-22
  • CSA P2 51-79
  • CSA P10