Processing Your Pleasure Craft License Online

If you own a pleasure craft, you’ll normally go through Transport Canada to process a pleasure craft license. However, this method can get confusing, whether or not you’ve previously owned a boat. If you want to register or license your boat, it’s easier to go through us, the National Vessel Registry Center. So, why should…

Understanding Transport Canada

The National Vessel Registry processes forms through Transport Canada to simplify the registration or licensing process for pleasure craft and commercial boat owners. The agency is Canada’s go-to resource for anything related to marine transport and all other matters of transportation.  Getting familiar with the Transport Canada site is helpful if you want to learn…

What Is the Canada Shipping Act? Plus Some Extra Data

The Canada Shipping Act (CSA), implemented in 2001, represents the law that governs marine transport and safety. It also includes rules that focus on preserving the environment. The 1894 British Shipping Act was the basis for the original CSA. Since 2001, the CSA has been revised, updated, and reorganized to keep pace with current recreational…

Understanding Canada Shipping Act in 2022

As a commercial boater or pleasure craft operator, it’s important to familiarize yourself with Canada’s marine legislation. Therefore, it is especially important to acquaint yourself with the Canada Shipping Act. Below is an overview of the current legislation. Introducing the Canada Shipping Act The Canada Shipping Act covers a broad range of topics – important…

All You Need to Know About the Canadian Vessel Registry

Every boat needs to get its proper paperwork done to legally operate in Canada. Depending on its measures, you might need to register it in the Canadian Vessel Registry. However, not all boats fit in that specific registry. That’s why it’s important you learn the requirements that Transport Canada asks for to apply promptly. All…

Importing a Boat from the USA to Canada Temporarily

Sometimes in life, a change of scenery is necessary. Maybe you have gotten a new job, or you are just ready for a different adventure, and the wilds of Canada are calling your name. If this situation sounds familiar, you may need to know how to import a boat from the USA to Canada, even…

Boat Ownership Transfer in Canada When Buying a Pleasure Craft

A boat ownership transfer in Canada is mandatory when you have purchased a boat and need to transfer the ownership to you. This entails transferring the pleasure craft license ( PCL) and its numbers that are used to identify the boat.  Don’t confuse this type of document with your boat’s registration, as registration serves to…

Transport Canada: Regulations for Pleasure Crafts

If you operate a pleasure craft in Canada, you need to learn what Transport Canada says about compliance. The governmental department manages transport in Canada covering the regulation of marine, air, rail, and road activities. It operates through the country’s Minister of Transport. Transport Canada: Pleasure Craft Rules To learn more about the legal operation…

How To Rename A Boat Legally In Canada

Though certain seafaring superstitions would deem renaming your boat bad luck, sometimes it needs to be done. If you are going this route, understanding how to rename a boat legally is important. Maybe the boat you recently purchased has a name that means something to the previous owner but doesn’t hold much weight with you.…