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All operators of motorized boats in Canada are required to obtain and carry a Pleasure Craft Operator Card*. This federal law applies to boaters of all ages, operating a boat of any size with an engine - including those with less than 10HP.
Canada's Pleasure Craft Operator Card regulations apply in all Canadian provinces and the Yukon Territory. Boaters caught without proof of competency face a minimum $250 fine. The RCMP, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Sûreté du Québec, local police forces, and conservation authorities enforce the regulations on Canada's navigable waterways.