Boatsmart! Canada

Boatsmart! Canada

September 15, 2009 06:15 ET

Media Advisory: 8 Million Canadians Are Now Boating Illegally

BOATsmart! Canada and the Toronto Police Marine Unit want to remind you that your time is up!

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 15, 2009) -

Canadian boaters had until midnight September 14th, 2009 to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

More than 8 Million Canadians missed the deadline and are now subject to a $250.00 fine. Enforcement agencies across Canada including Provincial Police, Conservation Officers and the RCMP will begin enforcing the federally mandated law today.

Boaters caught without the card will face a $250.00 fine. The operator card, which is commonly referred to as a "boating license", can be obtained from BOATsmart! Canada. Contrary to recent rumours, boaters who didn't get certified by the deadline are still able to complete their exam online at

Phased in over the past 10 years, the federal government originally introduced the law to establish a minimum level of competency amongst Canadian boaters. ALL operators of powered boats including personal watercraft, small fishing boats, cruisers and motorized sailing craft must obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card - there are no exemptions for age or size of boat.

WHAT: BOATsmart! Canada and the Toronto Police Marine Unit will be on hand
to raise awareness of the deadline and discuss potential implications
of missing the deadline.

WHERE: Toronto Police Marine Unit
259 Queen's Quay West, Toronto, ON

WHEN: September 15th from 8:00am - 1:00pm

WHO: Cameron Taylor, President, BOATsmart! Canada
Police Constable Gary Gibson, Toronto Police Authority

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