How to Get Your Canada Boating License

Canada is home to some of the largest freshwater lakes and waterways in the world. Almost 7.6% of Canada's nearly 10 million square km is covered by water and makes this beautiful country a natural ecosystem like nowhere else on earth. A Canada boating license can enable you to enjoy it to the max.

Many Canadians choose to get their Canada boating license to experience the many waterways for themselves and/or obtain employment in positions that require them to operate a boat. If you're looking for quick, easy to understand notes on how to get your Canadian boat license you've come to the right place. Choose your province or territory below and we can help you get started on your Canada boating license today.

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Learning How to Operate a Boat is a Simple 3 Step Process

The process to obtain a Canada boating license may differ slightly from place to place, but overall the requirements are relatively similar. It's a good idea to check out your province specific Canadian boating license requirements, but on a general basis there are some main items you will need to complete in order to get a complete Canadian boating licence or Canada pleasure craft operator card (PCOC).

Study the Canadian boating safety course

The Canadian boating safety course is a free, online course that you can study at your own pace. Once you feel ready you can attempt the Transport Canada Boating Safety Test to get you started on the process to get a Canadian boat license.

Pass the test and get a temporary card

Upon successful completion of the Canadian boating safety course, you will be able to immediately access and print off a temporary Canadian boating license to use.

Receive your final pleasure craft operator card

You can use your temporary pleasure craft operator licence until you receive an official, government issued pleasure craft operator card in the mail.

Choose Your Province

Choose the region where you're looking to get a Canada boating license

Depending on where you live the process of getting your Canada boating license can differ. Choosing your territory or province of residence allows us to direct you to the right people and resources who can provide the best possible boat licensing information.

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