Canadian boaters are required to carry a Boating License.

All Canadian Boaters are required by federal law to carry a Pleasure Craft Operator Card* commonly known as boating license when operating a motorized boat, regardless of engine size, length of boat or age of operator. Boaters found not carrying a Pleasure Craft Operator Card* face a minimum $250 fine. The law applies to all Canadian waters, in all provinces and territories.

The official Transport Canada accredited boat license exam is available online or in-person from BOATsmart!® Canada. Boaters who take the boating license exam online can complete the Transport Canada authorized boating course online and open book exam from the comfort of their home with no supervisor required. You can print a temporary card immediately when you pass the boating license and your permanent BOATsmart!® operator card is good for life.

Three steps to get your Boating License online:

  1. Register with an accredited provider such as BOATsmart!® Canada
  2. Complete the Safe Boating Course Online and Practice Quizzes
  3. Pass the Final Boat License Exam

*Pleasure Craft Operator Card or proof of competency

Canadian boating license card

Take your boating license exam from the comfort of home