Crew Accommodation Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1418)

Regulations are current to 2015-11-16 and last amended on 2007-07-01. Previous Versions


 The crew accommodation in every ship and the means of access to and egress from shall be constructed and arranged so as to provide to the greatest extent practicable for

  • (a) the protection of the crew against injury;

  • (b) the protection of the accommodation against the weather and the sea;

  • (c) the insulation of the accommodation from excessive heat and cold;

  • (d) the protection of the accommodation against moisture due to condensation; and

  • (e) the exclusion from the accommodation of effluvium originating in other spaces in the ship.


  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2) to (4), every part of the crew accommodation of a ship other than pantries, laundries, drying rooms, lockers and store rooms shall be properly lighted by natural light.

  • (2) Where, in any space in a passenger steamer or in a ship engaged in the whaling or sealing industry, it is impracticable to provide proper natural light, natural light is not required if adequate electric light is always available in that space.

  • (3) A ship may be exempted from the requirement of subsections (1) and (2) in respect of sanitary accommodation and passageways to the extent that it is considered that compliance therewith is unreasonable or impracticable in the circumstances.

  • (4) The natural lighting of a sleeping room, mess room, recreation room or hospital ward is sufficient for the purposes of this section if it is sufficient to enable a person of normal vision to read a newspaper at any point in the room, being a point available for free movement, during daylight and in clear weather.

  •  (1) In each ship an electrical system and an efficient alternative system of lighting or source of electric power shall be installed each of which shall be capable of providing adequate lighting in every part of the crew accommodation.

  • (2) The electric lights shall be so arranged as to provide maximum benefit to the crew and shall include one reading light fitted at the head of each bed in a sleeping room or hospital ward, which light

    • (a) shall be capable of being switched on and off from the bed; and

    • (b) shall have a lamp capable of emitting an illumination of at least 270 lx.

  • (3) A ship under 500 tons may be exempted from the requirements of section 5 and this section to the extent that

    • (a) compliance with this section is unreasonable or impractical in the circumstances; and

    • (b) other suitable artificial lighting is provided for the crew accommodation.

  • (4) For the purpose of this section, the electric lighting of a space is adequate if, when the lamps and paintwork are new, the illumination at a height of 840 mm above the floor at every point midway between

    • (a) two adjacent lamps, and

    • (b) any lamp and the boundary of the space,

    is in accordance with the following table, subject to a tolerance of 10 per cent.


    Space to be illuminatedRequired illumination
    1.Passageways, companionways, hospital wards54 lx
    2.Sleeping rooms, mess rooms, recreation rooms, store rooms, sanitary accommodation, laundries108 lx
    3.Galleys, bakeries, pantries, offices, studies215 lx at working positions
  • (5) For the purpose of subsection (4), reading lights at the heads of beds shall not be taken into account in determining the illumination of a space except in the case of a sleeping room that accommodates only one person.

  • SOR/78-77, s. 1.