Who needs a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) in Canada?

Anyone operating a motorized pleasure craft in Canada is required to obtain proof of education from a Transport Canada–approved course.

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What is the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)?

The PCOC is proof of competency that shows boaters understand how to operate a boat safely. This is achieved through taking the boater safety course online or in person and passing the final exam.

Who Needs Proof of Competency in Canada?

All Canadian residents operating a power-driven boat on Canadian waters (except for Nunavut and the Northwest Territories) need to carry proof of competency. Non-residents must also show proof of competency if they operate a craft that is registered in Canada or operate a motorized craft on Canadian waters for more than 44 consecutive days.

Is the Pleasure Craft Operator Card the Same as a Boating Licence?

The PCOC does not expire and therefore is not called a licence. Only a PCOC is required to legally operate a motor-powered boat on Canadian waters.

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Boating in Canada

With 202,080 km of coastline, Canada touts the longest coastline in the world. The Pacific Ocean sits to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the Great Lakes to the south. Canada is also home to over 31,752 lakes larger than three square miles, the boating options are truly endless in Canada.

Look for the best places to boat in: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario.

Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some common questions about safe boating rules & regulations.

Q. Is there an age exemption clause?

A. No, there is no age exemption—the 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. What if I lose my Pleasure Craft Operator Card?

A. You can order a replacement card by clicking Lost your card? in the top menu or by contactin us at 1-866-688-2628 to order another card.

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

A. The card is valid in each province.

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