All operators of powered watercraft used for
recreational purposes within Canada now require a boating
As of September 15, 2009 all boaters are now required
to have the Pleasure Craft Operator Card in order to operate a powered
watercraft. There is no grandfather clause or age exemption –
this law applies to all boaters. Powered watercraft includes watercraft
fitted with any size motor – even a trolling motor.
To receive this boat operator license, you must pass a
multiple choice exam with a score of at least 75%. If you don't pass on
your first attempt, you can retry the exam at no additional cost.
Where can I take my exam and get my boating
You can write your exam directly on the internet at
BoaterExam.com. Once you pass the exam your boat operator
license is mailed to your home. In the meantime, you can print of a
temporary license and use that while you wait for your permanent card
Where can I study for my boating license?
All the required safe boating training material to get
your boat operator license is available for free at
BoaterExam.com. Simply visit our Free Safe Boating Training
section to gain access to the course manual.
Where can I get more information about Canadian
boating regulations and the Canadian boating license?