Vessel Certificates Regulations (SOR/2007-31)

Regulations are current to 2017-12-11 and last amended on 2007-07-01. Previous Versions

Canadian Vessel Inspection Certificates


  •  (1) Sections 10 and 11 apply in respect of the following Canadian vessels if they are not Safety Convention vessels:

    • (a) vessels of 15 gross tonnage or less that carry more than 12 passengers;

    • (b) vessels of more than 15 gross tonnage;

    • (c) vessels fitted with a boiler that operates at a pressure in excess of 103 kPa; and

    • (d) vessels fitted with an unfired pressure vessel.

  • (2) Sections 10 and 11 do not apply in respect of

    • (a) pleasure craft; or

    • (b) inflatable vessels, other than motorized rigid-hull inflatable vessels, that carry persons on an excursion in Canadian waters for remuneration and are controlled by a guide.


  •  (1) No vessel shall engage on a voyage unless it holds a certificate issued under subsection (2).

  • (2) On application by the authorized representative of a vessel, the Minister shall issue an inspection certificate to the vessel if the requirements under the Act that apply in respect of the vessel when engaged in its intended service are met.

Terms and Conditions

  •  (1) The Minister may impose terms and conditions in an inspection certificate issued to a vessel that

    • (a) reflect requirements under the Act that apply in respect of the vessel when engaged in its intended service, including restricting the vessel to its intended service; or

    • (b) set out limits determined in accordance with subsection (2).

  • (2) The certificate shall set out terms and conditions that limit the sheltered waters voyages, near coastal voyages, Class 2, near coastal voyages, Class 1 or unlimited voyages on which the vessel may engage, if the Minister determines that the limits are necessary based on the vessel’s construction, equipment and stability and design criteria taking into consideration the following criteria in the vessel’s intended area of operation:

    • (a) the wave height;

    • (b) the wind velocity;

    • (c) the current;

    • (d) the visibility;

    • (e) the proximity to assistance, to a place of refuge or to shore;

    • (f) the navigation hazards;

    • (g) the communications coverage;

    • (h) the average depth of the water;

    • (i) the water temperature;

    • (j) the air temperature; and

    • (k) the maximum tide range.

Coming into Force

Footnote * These Regulations come into force on the day on which section 2 of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, chapter 26 of the Statutes of Canada, 2001, comes into force.

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