Ontario Boating License in 3 Easy StepsThe official term is Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC), which is good for all provinces.
Study and Pass the Canadian Boater Safety Course
Study the online course material that includes live-action videos and interactive animations. When you register for the online course, pay $39.95 CAD for the Canadian PCOC exam. You’ll take the timed Transport Canada Boating Safety Test after completing the course. (If you don’t pass the test on the first try, don’t worry. After 24 hours, you’ll have one more attempt to pass.)
Print Your Temporary Card
After passing the Transport Canada Boating Safety Test, you’ll be able to instantly print out your Temporary PCOC. This is your temporary operating permit for Ontario and all other provinces.
Receive Your PCOC in the Mail
Your lifetime Canada PCOC will arrive by mail in 2–3 weeks. The Canada PCOC is accepted in Ontario and all other provinces. (Use your Temporary PCOC to get on the water immediately after passing the course and until your permanent card arrives.) With Boat Ed, getting a boating license in Ontario is made easy.
Do you need Canada Boating education?
You need education if you will be operating a pleasure craft that has a motor and is used for recreational purposes in Canada. Proof of certification from any NASBLA–approved boating course is acceptable.
Transport Canada Requirements
There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.
You do not have to be a resident of Canada to take this online course.
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Boating in Ontario
Whether trailering a pleasure craft from one waterway to another or boating from place to place, Ontario offers boaters countless ways to enjoy the water. With over 400,000 lakes, rivers, and streams, boaters in Ontario have many choices for going out in a pleasure craft to view the spectacular scenery and wildlife; take a break at a campground, resort, or beach; or participate in local festivities. In addition to the numerous waterways, some of the mildest climates in Canada occur in southern Ontario.
Located in southern Ontario, Georgian Bay offers visitors the opportunity to explore thousands of islands, numerous lighthouses, and many local attractions within walking distance of the boat docks. For those interested in boating between Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay, the Trent-Severn Waterway is a 386-km-long canal route with over 40 locks and includes boating on Lake Simcoe, Lake Couchiching, and the Severn River. Rideau Canal and Trent Canal are other canals with locks that connect lakes and rivers in Ontario and are open to boaters. A boating license gives you the opportunity to explore all these beautiful areas in Ontario.
When boating on Ontario waters, pleasure craft operators are responsible for the safety of everyone on board the boat. To protect yourself and your passengers, you should take a boating safety education course that will teach you the navigation rules, the actions to take in case of an accident or other emergency, the Canadian laws and regulations for pleasure craft operation, and much more.
I want to operate a boat in Ontario. How do I get the Ontario boating license?
You may have heard that you need a Canada boating license or Ontario boating license to operate a boat. Unlike driving a car, you do not need a driver’s license or a boater’s license to operate a pleasure craft. What you really need is a Canada PCOC. This card is proof that you have successfully completed an approved boating safety course that is required for pleasure craft operators in Ontario and other provinces. Since the PCOC does not expire and does not need to be renewed, it is not called the Canadian Boat License, Ontario boat license, or pleasure craft license.
Who needs a PCOC?
In Canada, anyone who operates a pleasure craft must carry proof of competency on board if the pleasure craft has any type of motor and is used for recreational purposes. This includes boats powered by trolling motors.
Proof of competency shows that a person has at least the basic level of boating knowledge that is necessary to operate a pleasure craft safely. The most common proof of competency is a PCOC that a boater receives after passing a Transport Canada–approved boating safety course. The Canada PCOC is accepted as proof of competency in Ontario and all other provinces.
How do I get a PCOC?
You can get your PCOC by taking the Transport Canada–approved boating safety course from Boat Ed. The Boat Canada boating safety course from Boat Ed was developed specifically for Transport Canada to meet the competency requirements for the PCOC. By taking your boating course on boat-ed.com, you can be sure that when you complete the course and pass the Transport Canada Boating Safety Test, you will have the Canada PCOC that you need to operate a pleasure craft legally in Ontario and all other provinces.
With Boat Ed, you can complete an online boating safety course at your own pace and on any device—a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. All courses are mobile-ready, which means that you can complete your course easily and in the way that is most convenient for you. And it only takes a few hours of your time to complete the requirements to get your card.
What if I go boating in another province?
The PCOC that you receive after taking the online Boat Canada Course from Boat Ed is national, making it the only card that you need to operate a pleasure craft in any Canadian province.
If you go boating in the United States, the PCOC is recognized by the United States Coast Guard and the U.S. National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) as meeting their education standards. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)
Why should I take my boating safety course from Boat Ed?
Boat Ed is produced by Kalkomey Enterprises, LLC. Kalkomey is dedicated to providing print and online boating education courses for North American boaters in Canada and the United States. Boat Ed is the only boating safety education course and exam provider that develops online courses, eBooks, and print materials on behalf of government boating and boater safety agencies in North America.
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