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The land of 100,000 lakes

Known as the land of 100,000 lakes, Manitoba is a province where boating, fishing, camping and visits to the cottage are a big part of local culture. Boasting huge lakes like Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg, and excellent fishing, Manitoba is a popular destination for boaters and anglers.

If you’re planning to visit Manitoba and want to do some boating, you’ll be able to rent a boat, and take your boat license test all at the same time. If you’re coming from another Canadian province and already have your PCOC (boating license), then you’ll be all set to go.

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Manitoba Boating Regulations

Do you need a boating license in Manitoba? If you you operate a boat with a motor, then the answer is yes. As of September 15, 2009 all boaters operating in Manitoba waters – and right across Canada – are required to have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, often called a Boating License, onboard in order to operate a powered watercraft.

This is a federal law that applies in Manitoba and all other Canadian provinces. Powered watercraft includes any vessel fitted with any size motor — even an electric trolling motor!

There are two easy methods for you to get the required certification:

1. Online Course and Exam

Take your exam on the internet. You can take this online course, which is followed by a Transport Canada online final test. In approximately 3 hours, you can have your Boating License.

2. Challenge Exam

Students can challenge the Transport Canada exam in person at recognized boat shows and tradeshows across Canada.

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Manitoba Boating License or Pleasure Craft Operator Card?

If you are looking for a Manitoba Boating License, then you’ve come to the right place. What many people call a boating license is officially called a Pleasure Craft Operator Card. The Pleasure Craft Operator Card is a federal, rather than provincial, certification that unlike a provincial driver’s license, never needs to be renewed.

Whether you call it a Manitoba boating license or a PCOC, you need to carry one onboard if you operate a boat with a motor. Get your PCOC with®.

  • TC Canada
  • Canadian Boating Council
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Coast Guard
  • Official Boating Educator


Q. Who needs the Pleasure Craft Operator Card and when?

A. All operators of powered watercraft used for recreational purposes within Canada require the card as of September 15, 2009.

Q. Is there an age exemption clause?

A. No, there is no age exemption – this law applies to all operators, regardless of age.

Q. Is the card good for life?

A. Yes. The Pleasure Craft Operator Card is good for life with no annual fees.

Q. In which provinces is the Pleasure Craft Operator Card valid?

A. The card is valid in each province; Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, British Columbia (BC), Prince Edward Island (PEI), Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador (NFLD).