Ontario: Boating License Courses

With more than 400,000 lakes, streams and rivers, Ontario delivers unparalleled water adventures sure to satisfy even the most seasoned boater. There's nothing better than the freedom of boating across a clear blue lake as the sun sets, or the pure adrenaline rush that comes with riding your personal watercraft at full speed on a warm summer day. With so many glimmering lakes, rushing rivers and intriguing shorelines to explore, Ontario delivers unparalleled water adventures.

Ontario Boating Regulations

As of September 15, 2009 all boaters operating on Ontario waters are required to have the Pleasure Craft Operator Card in order to operate a powered watercraft. This is a federal law that applies in all provinces, including Ontario. Powered watercraft includes watercraft fitted with any size motor — even an electric trolling motor.

There are several methods for one to obtain their card:

Online Course and Exam

Take your exam on the internet. Effective April 15th, 2011 the online exam process will change to a more comprehensive format, including a minimum 3 hours of study time.

Challenge Exam

Students may challenge the exam in person at various boat shows and tradeshows across Canada, such as the Toronto International Boat Show, Ottawa Boat Show, and at Bass Pro Shops just north of Toronto.