The Pleasure Craft Operator Card is required for the operator of a boat, whereas a Pleasure Craft License is required for all boats fitted with a engine of 10 HP or more. The original Pleasure Craft Licence certificate must be carried on board at all times and the Pleasure Craft License number must be displayed in a visible area on the both the port and starboard side of each recreational vessel. Specific regulations as to the size and placement of the License numbers can be found in the Canada Shipping Act Small Vessel Regulations.
You can apply for a Pleasure Craft License at your local Service Canada outlet. For the location nearest you please visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca or call 1-800-O-CANADA.
No – a driver’s license is not required to operate a watercraft. However, you must carry a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, or recognized proof of competency, on board at all times while operating a powered watercraft.
No. Canadian law does not require recreational boaters to obtain a boating license. The only legal requirement for boaters is to carry proof of competency (i.e. Pleasure Craft Operator Card) on board at all times.
All operators of power driven boats in Canada are required to obtain an Operator Card. There is no “grandfather” clause or age exemption.
The fine for operating a powered watercraft without a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (or proof of competency) on board is $250.00 plus provincial administrative charges.
ALL operators of powered watercraft used for recreational purposes require a Pleasure Craft Operator Card* as of September 15, 2009.
There are no exemptions for age, size of boat or engine size.
Powered watercraft means any recreational boat, personal watercraft, sailing vessel, or other type of craft fitted with any size motor – including electric trolling motors.
*or proof of competency
Transport Canada requires you to complete the full 3 hour online study guide in order to access the online version of the Pleasure Craft Operator Card test . However, you don’t have to complete the entire study guide in one sitting. BOATsmart! will automatically track and save your progress. Once you’ve completed all modules and quizzes you’ll gain access to the final Pleasure Craft Operator Card exam.
If you’d like to take the Pleasure Craft Operator Card test immediately you can complete it in-person with a BOATsmart! Safe Boating Team at participating Canadian Tire Stores, boat shows and community events across Canada, or with a certified BOATsmart! Affiliate.
You’ll need to answer at least 38 questions correctly (75%) in order to pass the test and obtain your Operator Card.
The official Transport Canada test consists of 50 multiple questions. You have a maximum of 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete the test.