FAQ Canada

Questions? Below are our most asked questions about BOATsmart!, the Pleasure Craft Operator Card, and Canadian boating rules and regulations.

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

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June 15, 2015


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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.

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You can take the official Transport Canada accredited exam on this web site . Click here to access the boating license exam. Boaters can also attempt the exam at one of BOATsmart!®’s Certified Affiliate Locations across Canada.

BOATsmart!® Safe Boating Teams also offer the Operator Card exam at special events, boat shows, and community events each season. Check our Locations page for a BOATsmart!® Exam location near you.

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BOATsmart!® charges a standard fee of $49.95 + GST for the exam. The cost includes a Temporary Operator Card Slip (issued immediately following your exam) and mailing of your permanent Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

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