Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations
P.C. 2008-774 2008-04-17
Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, pursuant to sections 136Footnote a and 207 of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001Footnote b, hereby makes the annexed Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations.
1 The following definitions apply in these Regulations.
- electrical propulsion
electrical propulsion means a mode of propulsion provided by a main propelling machinery that is an electric motor powered by electric cells. (propulsion électrique)
- engine power
engine power means the engine power, in kilowatts, calculated in accordance with International Standard ISO 8665, Small Craft — Marine Propulsion Engines and Systems — Power Measurements and Declarations, second edition, August 1, 1994. (puissance motrice)
- local authority
local authority means a government of a municipality, township, parish, county or regional district, any other government constituted under the laws of a province or territory, or a department of a provincial or territorial government or of the federal government. (administration locale)
Minister means the Minister of Transport. (ministre)
- personal watercraft
personal watercraft means a water-jet driven vessel with an enclosed hull and no cockpit that is designed to be used by one or more persons who are straddling, sitting, standing or kneeling. (motomarine)
power-driven means a mode of propulsion provided by a main propelling machinery that is an internal combustion engine or a steam engine. (propulsion mécanique)
- provincial authority
provincial authority means a department of the government of a province designated by that government to process requests to impose restrictions on the operation of vessels in respect of waters within that province. (autorité provinciale)
- rivers and lakes
rivers and lakes includes all those waters of any river upstream of a line between the most seaward extremities of the shore of the river at high tide but does not include the waters of the St. Lawrence River east of 70°53′ W longitude. (fleuves, rivières et lacs)
Operation of Vessels
(2) No person shall operate a power-driven vessel or a vessel driven by electrical propulsion in any of the waters described in Schedule 2, except as indicated in that Schedule.
(3) No person shall operate a power-driven vessel or a vessel driven by electrical propulsion that has an aggregate maximum power greater than 7.5 kW in any of the waters described in Schedule 3, except as indicated in that Schedule.
(4) No person shall operate a power-driven vessel or a vessel driven by electrical propulsion that has an engine power greater than the maximum engine power set out in column 4 of Schedule 4 in waters in public parks and controlled access bodies of water described in columns 1 to 3 of that Schedule.
(5) No person shall operate a power-driven vessel or a vessel driven by electrical propulsion in the waters described in columns 1 to 3 of Schedule 6 in excess of the maximum speed set out in column 4 of that Schedule, except as indicated in that Schedule.
(6) No person shall operate a power-driven vessel or a vessel driven by electrical propulsion in the waters described in Schedule 7 for the purpose of towing a person on water skis or on any other sporting or recreational equipment, or for the purpose of allowing a person to wake surf, except during the permitted hours set out in that Schedule.
(7) No person shall operate a power-driven vessel at a speed in excess of 10 km/h within 30 m of the shore in the following waters:
(a) the waters of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta;
(b) the rivers and lakes in British Columbia;
(c) Nitinat River and Nitinat Lake, upstream of Nitinat Bar, in British Columbia;
(d) the rivers and lakes in Nova Scotia; and
(e) Bras d’Or Lake in Nova Scotia, inland of a line drawn between Coffin Point and Red Head in Great Bras d’Or Channel and the inland end of St. Peters Canal.
(8) Subsection (7) does not apply
(a) in respect of a vessel that is operated for the purpose of towing a person on water skis or on any other sporting or recreational equipment, if the vessel follows a course away from and perpendicular to the shore; and
(b) in respect of a power-driven vessel that is operated
- SOR/2010-34, s. 1
- SOR/2017-124, s. 1
- SOR/2020-252, s. 1
(2) Subsections 2(1) to (5) and (7) do not apply to
(a) an enforcement officer acting within the scope of their duties;
(b) an employee or agent or mandatary of Her Majesty in right of Canada or a province, or of a county, municipality or regional district, acting within the scope of their duties;
(c) a person rescuing someone or preventing damage to property; or
(d) a person who operates a safety boat for surveillance, rendering assistance and lifeguarding within the scope of regular activities carried out by a recreational institution or a teaching or racing organization established under provincial, federal or foreign laws.
- SOR/2015-123, s. 1
4 If a local authority seeks, in respect of certain waters, the imposition of a restriction that is of the same nature as a restriction imposed by any of subsections 2(1) to (6) and 11(2), the local authority shall undertake public consultations with parties that would be affected by the proposed restriction and submit to the provincial authority in the province for which the restriction is proposed, or to the Minister if no provincial authority exists, a request together with a report that includes
(a) the location of the waters and the nature of the proposed restriction;
(b) information regarding the public consultations held, including a description of the groups and parties consulted;
(c) particulars on the implementation and enforcement of the proposed restriction; and
(d) any other information that is necessary to justify regulatory intervention.
- SOR/2010-34, s. 2
- SOR/2014-210, s. 1
- SOR/2018-204, s. 1
5 No person shall place a sign anywhere for the purpose of restricting the operation of any vessel in Canadian waters unless
(a) the placement has been authorized by the Minister under subsection 6(1) and the sign complies with sections 8 and 9, except in the case of a sign that provides information with respect to a restriction under subsection 2(7) or section 14; or
6 (1) The Minister may authorize in writing any person or class of persons to place a sign in an area for the purpose of indicating that a restriction on the operation of vessels has been imposed by any of subsections 2(1) to (6) and 11(2).
(2) The person who places the sign shall
(3) If a restriction in any of the schedules is removed, the Minister shall cancel the authorization and inform the person of the cancellation.
(4) On being so informed by the Minister, the person who placed the sign shall immediately remove it as well as any support erected for it.
- SOR/2010-34, s. 3
- SOR/2014-210, s. 2
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