July 13, 2016

How to Register A Boat in Canada

register a boat in canada

What is boat registration?

Registration is a titling system, which provides proof of boat ownership. When you register a boat it is logged in the Canadian Register of Vessels, which offers certain benefits to boat owners. There are two exterior markings on all registered boats. These include:
1) THE BOAT NAME (it could be something simple, like, ‘BOB SMITH’ or something more fun, like, ‘JUST CRUISIN’)
2) THE PORT OF REGISTRY (i.e.‘Vancouver, BC’, or ‘Toronto, Ontario’, etc.)

There are also interior markings on a registered boat. These are the boat’s official number and registered tonnage. For example, a boat’s registration number will look something like this: B.C. 123456, and Net Register Tonnage will look like this: N.R.T. 4.52


Who needs to register their boat in Canada?

Boat registration in Canada is not required by law however, it does provide several valuable benefits to boat owners. If you register a boat in Canada you receive proof of ownership, a unique name, an official number for your boat, and the right to fly the Canadian flag. It also assists law enforcement in identifying lost or stolen boats.

Additionally, you may register a marine mortgage if you register a boat in Canada. Understand that if you intend to use your boat as security for a marine mortgage, you are required to register your boat in Canada.

How do I register my boat in Canada?

To register a boat in Canada, you will need to:
– Select at least 3 names for your boat (only one will be approved)
– Pay a registration fee
– Complete the Application for Registry form, available on the Transport Canada website
– Produce evidence of ownership/title (this can be the bill of sale and/or signed pleasure craft license) and statement of qualification for vessel registration
– Have your boat measured for tonnage

Once these steps have been completed, the filled out documents and information need to be mailed to the Vessel Registration Office at:

Transport Canada
Marine Safety (AMSED)
Tower C, Place de Ville
330 Sparks Street, 3rd Floor
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0N5

For detailed information on boat registration visit: The Canadian Register of Vessels Website.




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