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

Regulations are current to 2017-11-06 and last amended on 2007-07-01. Previous Versions


  •  (1) Efficient drainage by pipes or channels shall be provided for every part of the crew accommodation situated on an open deck wherever such drainage is necessary for clearing water shipped from the sea.

  • (2) There shall be no drainage from any source that is not sanitary accommodation into sanitary accommodation forming part of the crew accommodation.

  • (3) Every space appropriated for use as sanitary accommodation shall be served by one or more scuppers that do not serve any space other than sanitary accommodation.

  • (4) The scuppers referred to in subsection (3) shall be at least 50 mm in diameter and shall, subject to subsection (3), be situated wherever water is likely to collect on the floor of the space.

  • (5) No scupper shall be required in any washing accommodation that is for the sole use of one person.

  • SOR/78-77, s. 3.

Measuring and Marking

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), every sleeping room forming part of the accommodation for seamen or apprentices in any ship over 300 tons, net registered tonnage, and for which a deduction from tonnage is to be authorized, shall have

    • (a) a minimum floor area of 1.394 m2, exclusive of spaces occupied by berths, for each person for which it is certified;

    • (b) a cubical content of not less than 3.4 m3 per person; and

    • (c) a notice as to the number of men it is constructed to accommodate stating “CERTIFIED TO ACCOMMODATESEAMEN”

      • (i) permanently cut in a beam and cut in or painted on or over the doorway or hatchway of the space,

      • (ii) fitted over the door inside the space on a permanently fastened metal plate having embossed raised lettering or centre punching, or

      • (iii) cut in and painted over the door inside the space.

  • (2) In estimating the size of a sleeping room for any seamen and apprentices under subsection (1), the space occupied by any mess room, bathroom or washroom appropriated exclusively for the use of those seamen and apprentices may be taken into account to such extent as does not reduce the actual space in which those men sleep to less than

    • (a) a cubic content of 2.04 m3 for each person for whom the space is certified; and

    • (b) a floor area of 1.115 m2 per person exclusive of spaces occupied by berths.

  • (3) The sleeping spaces appropriated for officers and crew shall not be certified to accommodate a larger number of seamen than the number for whom beds are provided at the time of measurement.

  • (4) Parts of a space that do not form reasonable accommodation for the men shall not be included in the measurement of crew space and, without restricting the generality of the foregoing, there shall not be included in the measurement of the crew space

    • (a) any narrow triangular spaces wherever situated;

    • (b) any recessed places under ladder ways that are too narrow and confined for a man to stand in or move about in;

    • (c) any spaces outside the inner side of a gutter waterway or the inner side of a raised covering board; and

    • (d) in the case of a space where the sides tumble home, any space outside a vertical line from the floor meeting the side at a height of 1.83 m.

  • SOR/78-77, s. 4.

Deductions from Registered Tonnage

 A deduction from the registered tonnage of a ship for crew accommodation shall not be authorized unless appropriate and properly constructed toilet accommodation is provided for the use of the crew.

Non-deductible Space

 In the measurement of a ship for the purpose of ascertaining her registered tonnage, no deduction shall be allowed for

  • (a) any space appropriated for the storage of fresh water for the use of the crew;

  • (b) any excess in volume of the space appropriated for the storage of provisions, other than fresh water, for the crew over 15 per cent of the total volume of the other spaces provided in the ship as crew accommodation and accommodation for the master of the ship;

  • (c) any space forming part of the crew accommodation that has not been first included in the measurement of the ship’s tonnage; and

  • (d) any sleeping space containing more beds than the number of beds necessary for the number of seamen that the space is certified to accommodate.


  •  (1) The crew accommodation in every ship shall be inspected by an inspector whenever

    • (a) the ship is registered or re-registered in Canada;

    • (b) substantial alterations or repairs are made to any part of the crew accommodation in the ship;

    • (c) the number of persons accommodated in any sleeping room is increased above that marked in accordance with section 9;

    • (d) in the opinion of an inspector, there is reason to believe that any of the provisions of these Regulations have been contravened in respect of that ship, or that any condition subject to which the ship has been exempted from a requirement of these Regulations has not been satisfied;

    • (e) a request for an inspection of the crew accommodation has been made by or on behalf of the owner of the ship or of any organization which appears to be representative of the owners of Canadian ships or of the seamen concerned; or

    • (f) a complaint has been lodged in the manner set out in subsection (2).

  • (2) A complaint referred to in subsection (1) shall

    • (a) be in writing, signed by three members of the crew;

    • (b) specify the respects in which it is alleged that the crew accommodation in the ship does not comply with these Regulations;

    • (c) be lodged without undue delay; and

    • (d) be lodged at least 24 hours before the ship is due to sail, unless the ship is in port for less than 24 hours.


  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), the fee payable by the master of a ship for an inspection, and for travelling time related to the inspection, that is made pursuant to subsection 12(1) and carried out during the hours set out in column I of an item of the table to this subsection is the greater of the fees set out in columns II and III of that item.


    Column IColumn IIColumn III
    ItemHours of inspection and travelling timeFee per hour or fraction of an hourMinimum Fee
    1Between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, other than on a holiday$45$ 45
    2Between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., Monday to Friday, other than on a holiday70140
    3Any hour on a Sunday99297
    4Other hours70210
  • (1.1) Where the inspection and travelling time occur during hours that are set out in column I of more than one item of the table to subsection (1), the fee payable is the aggregate of the fees determined in respect of each applicable item.

  • (2) No fee shall be payable for an inspection made

    • (a) where the ship is registered, re-registered or re-measured; or

    • (b) where an inspection is made pursuant to a complaint made under paragraph 12(1)(f) and the complaint proves to be unjustified.

  • SOR/94-339, s. 1;
  • SOR/95-268, s. 1;
  • SOR/97-386, s. 2;
  • SOR/98-123, s. 4(E).
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