Small Vessel Regulations (SOR/2010-91)

Regulations are current to 2019-06-20 and last amended on 2018-05-16. Previous Versions

PART 1Licensing of Pleasure Craft (continued)

Exceptions

Licencing

 A pleasure craft may be operated without a licence until the day on which the owner of the pleasure craft receives the licence, up to a maximum of 90 days from the day of the initial transfer of ownership to an end user, if

  • (a) the acknowledgement of receipt of the application for the licence by the Minister is carried on board; and

  • (b) the file number of the acknowledgement is marked on the pleasure craft in the form and manner specified by the Minister.

Transfer of Licence

 A pleasure craft that is the subject of a transfer of ownership may be operated until the day on which the new owner of the pleasure craft receives a transferred licence, up to a maximum of 90 days from the day of the transfer of ownership, if documents are carried on board confirming the name and address of the new owner and the date of the transfer of ownership.

Change of Name or Address

 A pleasure craft may be operated without an accurate owner name or address on the licence until the day on which the owner of the pleasure craft receives an updated licence, up to a maximum of 90 days from the day of the change of name or address, if, in addition to the licence, documents are carried on board confirming the new name or address and the date of the change.

 A pleasure craft that was licenced before the day on which these Regulations came into force may be operated without an accurate owner name or address on the licence until the day on which the owner of the pleasure craft receives an updated licence, up to a maximum of one year from the day on which these Regulations come into force.

Period of Validity of Licences

 A pleasure craft licence is valid for a period of 10 years beginning on the day on which it is issued, transferred or renewed.

  • SOR/2018-102, s. 1

Cancellation of Licences

 The Minister may cancel a pleasure craft licence if

  • (a) the owner of the pleasure craft intends to register, obtain a licence for, or principally maintain and operate the pleasure craft in another country;

  • (b) the owner of the pleasure craft intends to register or list the pleasure craft under Part 2 of the Act;

  • (c) the owner of the pleasure craft has been issued a licence under section 108 and wishes to cancel the licence;

  • (d) the licence is a demonstration licence and the holder is no longer a vendor who sells pleasure craft in the course of a commercial enterprise;

  • (e) the licence was issued in error; or

  • (f) the Minister believes on reasonable and probable grounds that the applicant has provided false or misleading information to obtain the licence.

Voluntary Licensing

 The owner of a pleasure craft that is not required to be licensed by these Regulations may obtain a licence for the pleasure craft.

Transfer of Ownership of a Pleasure Craft

 Immediately on the transfer of ownership of a licensed pleasure craft, the new owner of the pleasure craft shall apply to the Minister for transfer of the licence.

Misleading Marking

 Subject to paragraph 102(b), the owner of a pleasure craft shall not operate or permit another person to operate the pleasure craft if it is marked with a number that is not a licence number or a registration number issued under Part 2 of the Act and if that number could be confused with a licence number or a registration number.

Demonstration Licence

  •  (1) A vendor who sells pleasure craft in the course of a commercial enterprise may apply to the Minister for a demonstration licence for use on any of the enterprise’s pleasure craft that are operated for the purpose of demonstration.

  • (2) The holder of a demonstration licence shall ensure that it is used on only one pleasure craft at a time.

  • (3) The demonstration licence shall not be transferred to anyone except another vendor.

 The Minister may cancel a demonstration licence if the licence is used for a purpose other than the demonstration of a pleasure craft.

PART 2Safety Equipment for Pleasure Craft

Application

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), this Part applies in respect of a pleasure craft that is operated in Canada.

  • (2) This Part does not apply in respect of a pleasure craft that meets the safety equipment requirements of another country and that is

    • (a) registered in that country as having the right to fly the flag of that country; or

    • (b) licensed in that country and not principally maintained and operated in Canada.

Safety Obligation

 The operator of a pleasure craft shall take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of the craft and of every person on board.

Personal Flotation Devices and Lifejackets

 If a personal flotation device or lifejacket that must be carried on board a pleasure craft is to be worn by a person less than 16 years of age, it shall be inherently buoyant.

SUBPART 1Pleasure Craft Other than Human-Powered Pleasure Craft

Application

 This subpart applies in respect of a pleasure craft other than a human-powered pleasure craft.

Life-Saving Appliances — Personal Life-Saving Appliances

 A pleasure craft shall carry on board

  • (a) a personal flotation device or lifejacket of an appropriate size for each person on board;

  • (b) a reboarding device, unless the vertical height that must be climbed in order to reboard the pleasure craft is not more than 0.5 m; and

  • (c) for the length of pleasure craft set out in column 1 of the table to this section, the additional personal life-saving appliances set out in column 2.

    table

    Column 1Column 2
    ItemLengthAdditional Personal Life-Saving Appliances
    1not more than 6 ma buoyant heaving line of not less than 15 m in length
    2more than 6 m but not more than 9 m
    • (a) a buoyant heaving line of not less than 15 m in length; or

    • (b) a lifebuoy attached to a buoyant line of not less than 15 m in length

    3more than 9 m but not more than 12 m
    • (a) a buoyant heaving line of not less than 15 m in length; and

    • (b) a lifebuoy attached to a buoyant line of not less than 15 m in length

    4more than 12 m but less than 24 m
    • (a) a buoyant heaving line of not less than 15 m in length; and

    • (b) a lifebuoy that is equipped with a self-igniting light or attached to a buoyant line of not less than 15 m in length

    524 m or more
    • (a) a buoyant heaving line of not less than 30 m in length;

    • (b) two SOLAS lifebuoys, of which

      • (i) one is attached to a buoyant line of not less than 30 m in length, and

      • (ii) the other is equipped with a self-igniting light; and

    • (c) a lifting harness with appropriate rigging

Life-Saving Appliances — Visual Signals

 A pleasure craft of a length set out in column 1 of the table to this section shall carry on board the visual signals set out in column 2.

table

Column 1Column 2
ItemLengthVisual Signals
1not more than 6 m
  • (a) a watertight flashlight; or

  • (b) three pyrotechnic distress signals, not more than one of which is a smoke signal

2more than 6 m but not more than 9 m
  • (a) a watertight flashlight; and

  • (b) six pyrotechnic distress signals, not more than two of which are smoke signals

3more than 9 m
  • (a) a watertight flashlight; and

  • (b) twelve pyrotechnic distress signals, not more than six of which are smoke signals

  • SOR/2018-102, s. 2
 
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