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Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations (SOR/2008-120)

Regulations are current to 2020-07-28 and last amended on 2018-10-10. Previous Versions

Restrictions (continued)

Signs (continued)

  •  (1) A person authorized to place a sign shall ensure that the sign is in one of the following forms, according to the restriction applied:

    • (a) the symbol shown under letter C of Table 1 to Schedule 9, to indicate an area in which vessels are prohibited;

    • (b) a disc bordered by a band coloured international orange, as shown in Figure 1 of Table 3 to Schedule 9, in conjunction with two of the symbols shown in Table 1 to that Schedule, to indicate a single restriction;

    • (c) an elongated circle bordered by a band coloured international orange, as shown in Figure 4 of Table 3 to Schedule 9, in conjunction with two or more of the symbols shown in Table 1 to that Schedule, to indicate multiple restrictions; or

    • (d) a half-disc bordered by a band coloured international orange above a black line surmounting a half-rectangle bordered by a band coloured green, as shown in Figure 5 of Table 3 to Schedule 9, in conjunction with, in the half-disc, the appropriate symbols shown in Table 1 to that Schedule and, in the half-rectangle, the symbols shown in Table 2 to that Schedule, to indicate the applicable conditions to the restriction.

  • (2) A directional disc bordered by a band coloured international orange, as shown in Figure 2 or 3 of Table 3 to Schedule 9, may be substituted for the disk referred to in paragraph (1)(b) to indicate the boundary of the waters to which the restriction applies and, by means of the directional disc pointer, the side on which the restriction applies.

  • (3) An information rectangle bordered by a band coloured international orange, as shown in Figure 6 of Table 3 to Schedule 9, may be placed underneath the sign referred to in subsection (1) to provide any additional information on the restriction indicated on that sign.

  • (4) The width of the band coloured international orange referred to in this section shall be one twelfth of the width or diameter of the sign.

  • (5) A sign that is authorized by the Minister, or one that was authorized under the Boating Restriction Regulations and that is replaced, shall be marked at the lower edge in black with the words “TRANSPORT CANADA” and “TRANSPORTS CANADA”.

  •  (1) Where it appears on a sign referred to in section 8,

    • (a) the diagonal bar shown under letter B of Table 1 to Schedule 9 crossing behind one of the other symbols shown in that Table indicates a prohibition of the usage or activity indicated by the symbol being crossed by the diagonal bar;

    • (b) the propeller symbol shown under letter D of Table 1 to Schedule 9 in conjunction with the diagonal bar shown under letter B of that Table indicates that no power-driven vessel or vessel driven by electrical propulsion shall be operated on the waters in respect of which the sign has been placed;

    • (c) the symbol shown under letter E of Table 1 to Schedule 9, consisting of a propeller superimposed by a gas pump in conjunction with the diagonal bar shown under letter B of that Table, indicates that no power-driven vessel shall be operated on the waters in respect of which the sign has been placed;

    • (d) the symbol consisting of a number shown under letter A of Table 1 to Schedule 9 above the expression “MAX kW” shown under letter F of that Table indicates that no power-driven vessel with an engine whose power exceeds the power in kilowatts represented by that number shall be operated on the waters in respect of which the sign has been placed;

    • (e) the symbol consisting of a number shown under letter A of Table 1 to Schedule 9 above the expression “MAX km/h” shown under letter G of that Table indicates that no power-driven vessel shall be operated at a speed in excess of the speed over the ground, in kilometres per hour, represented by that number on the waters in respect of which the sign has been placed; and

    • (f) the symbol consisting of the word “SKI” shown under letter H of Table 1 to Schedule 9 in conjunction with the diagonal bar shown under letter B of that Table indicates that no power-driven vessel shall be operated 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, on the waters in respect of which the sign has been placed.

  • (2) If a prohibition referred to in subsection (1) applies only during specified periods, the following symbols shall appear on a sign referred to in section 8:

    • (a) if the prohibition applies to certain hours of the day, the clock shown under letter A of Table 2 to Schedule 9, to indicate, in red, the hours during which the prohibition applies and, in green, the hours during which it is permitted to practise the activity otherwise prohibited by the sign;

    • (b) if the prohibition applies to certain days of the week, the series of seven squares shown under letter B of Table 2 to Schedule 9 in which appears in English and in French the first letter in white of each day of the week, to indicate, in red, the days on which the prohibition applies and, in green, the days on which it is permitted to practise the activity otherwise prohibited by the sign; and

    • (c) if the prohibition applies to certain months of the year, the series of eight squares shown under letter C of Table 2 to Schedule 9 in which appears the first letter in white of the months of April to November inclusive, to indicate, in red, the months during which the prohibition applies and, in green, the months during which it is permitted to practise the activity otherwise prohibited by the sign.

  • (3) If a prohibition referred to in subsection (1) applies only to a sector of a body of water from a marked geographical point or line in the cardinal direction of that sector, the person authorized by the Minister to place a sign shall place it at that point or line together with an additional sign bearing the black compass rose shown under letter D of Table 2 to Schedule 9 within a square, with one or more sections coloured international orange.

  • (4) For the purpose of subsection (3), the following sections of the compass rose, coloured international orange, indicate the cardinal directions of the sector to which the prohibition applies:

    • (a) upper right and left corners, north;

    • (b) upper right corner, northeast;

    • (c) upper and lower right corners, east;

    • (d) lower right corner, southeast;

    • (e) lower left and right corners, south;

    • (f) lower left corner, southwest;

    • (g) upper and lower left corners, west; and

    • (h) upper left corner, northwest.

  • (5) If a sign authorized by the Minister is placed directly on a buoy, a horizontal band shall be marked immediately above and immediately below the sign such that each band

    • (a) is one twelfth of the sign width;

    • (b) is coloured international orange; and

    • (c) extends all around the buoy.

  • SOR/2010-34, s. 4
  • SOR/2015-123, s. 2(F)

 No person shall

  • (a) remove any authorized sign unless the authorization has been cancelled;

  • (b) alter, conceal, damage or destroy any authorized sign; or

  • (c) use any authorized sign or any support erected for it as a mooring.

Operation of a Vessel for Certain Purposes

  •  (1) The Minister shall issue a permit for a period specified therein that authorizes the person in whose name the permit is issued to operate a vessel in the waters referred to in any of subsections 2(1) to (5) or described in subsection 2(7) in a manner that is contrary to those subsections for the purpose of developing aquaculture, conducting scientific research, educating the public on the marine environment, protecting the environment, or ensuring safety during activities and events other than those referred to in subsections 11(2) and (3).

  • (2) The Minister shall set out in the permit any conditions that are necessary to protect the environment and to minimize risk to the safety of persons and interference with the safe and efficient navigation of vessels.

  • (3) The person in whose name the permit is issued shall comply with the conditions set out in the permit.

  • (4) The Minister shall cancel the permit in either of the following circumstances and notify the permit holder of the cancellation:

    • (a) the permit holder has knowingly provided false or misleading information to obtain the permit; or

    • (b) the permit holder does not comply with the conditions set out in the permit and the non-compliance interferes with the navigation of vessels or endangers the safety of persons or the environment.

  • SOR/2010-34, s. 5
  • SOR/2014-210, s. 3
  • SOR/2018-204, s. 2

Special Events or Activities

  •  (1) No person shall hold a sporting, recreational or public event or activity in waters other than those described in Schedule 8 in a manner or at a place that would interfere with the safe and efficient navigation of vessels.

  • (2) No person shall hold a sporting, recreational or public event or activity in the waters described in Schedule 8 unless the person is authorized to do so by a permit issued under subsection 12(1).

  • (3) No person shall hold, in the waters referred to in any of subsections 2(1) to (6) or described in subsection 2(7), a sporting, recreational or public event or activity during which vessels would be operated in a manner that is contrary to those subsections, unless the person is authorized to do so by a permit issued under subsection 12(1).

  • SOR/2010-34, s. 6
  • SOR/2014-210, s. 4
  • SOR/2015-123, s. 3
  • SOR/2017-124, s. 2(F)
 
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