Canadian Vessel Registration: Do You Need a Provisional Certificate?

When you sit down to complete your Canadian vessel registration, does it seem like it’s more difficult to do than it should be? Have you been unsure whether your vessel should be registered, licensed, on the Small Vessel Register, with a Certificate of Registry, a Provisional Certificate, or anything else? Here at the National Vessel…

Canada Vessel Registry Safety Tips: What to Carry With You

Have you been looking forward to going out on the water with your friends and family in the late summer? As the leaves start to turn colors and the temperatures stay warm, isn’t it the absolute best time of the year to take your boat out for a spin? Here at the National Vessel Registry…

Is it Mandatory to Register a Boat with Transport Canada?

Transport Canada requires users to register all pleasure crafts that are equipped with engines of 10 horsepower (7.5 kilowatts) or more. This registration is mandatory even for pleasure crafts. A pleasure craft license has a unique identification number, also known as “license number”. Once acquired, it needs to be displayed on the recreational vessel.  There’s…

What Kind Vessel Permit in Ontario Do You Have to Apply For?

Owning a boat is a very exciting matter. It represents, after all, a sort of freedom in terms of traversing the many oceans, lakes, rivers, and seas that are part of the Canadian waters. However, before you are able to enjoy these freedoms, it’s always a good idea to be sure you are operating in…

What Vessels Are Eligible For Transport Canada’s Small Vessel Registry

Registering it is an important step in the process of owning a vessel. After all, in accordance with the Canada Shipping Act of 2001, non-recreational vessels need to be registered in order to operate in Canadian waters. Taking this into account, it’s good to know the details of the overall registration process. Like, what kind…

What to Do in Cases of a Lost Boat Registration With Transport Canada

If you’ve read our blog, you know that we always stress the importance of your boat’s registration. Not to keep bringing that up, but we want to talk about how vital it is to have the certificate on you while operating the boat and what to do in case of a lost boat registration.  …

How to Rename a Boat Legally With Transport Canada

Back when you first registered your boat with Transport Canada, you were asked to give it a name. Now, this doesn’t have to mean that the boat will have to keep this name going forward. You can change it if you feel like it, you just need to go through a specific process for that.…

A Quick Introduction to the Canadian Ship Registry

If you’re looking into buying a vessel, then you’ve probably heard of the Canadian ship registry. This is the database kept by Transport Canada with all the registered and licensed vessels that operate in Canadian waters. A lot of people have questions about how this works and how they are supposed to register their specific…

Transport Canada Marine Registration For Commercial and Recreational Boats

Sometimes it’s difficult to understand what the bureaucratic and administrative processes attached to boat ownership are. Registering your car, for example, might be very straightforward, but that’s not always the case for boats. Transport Canada marine registration can be very confusing if you’re not familiar with their dynamics. If you are looking into what you…

Everything You Need to Know About Joining the Ontario Boat Registry

Many prospective boat owners are familiar with the Ontario boat registry, but they aren’t exactly sure about how to join it or interact with it. Well, here are some basic recommendations on how to approach this matter.   Join the Boat Registry Many people, upon purchasing a vessel, are aware that they need to register…