About the Study Guide

This Online Study Guide has been approved by Transport Canada strictly on the basis that it meets the requirements of the Standard for Pleasure Craft Operator Card Testing over the Internet (TP 15080E) and the Boating Safety Course and Test Syllabus (TP 14932E). This approval does not represent confirmation of authorship by the course provider. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your Pleasure Craft Operator Card

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The Criminal Code of Canada establishes the following penalties for operating while impaired.

  • Those convicted for the first time will be fined at least $1,000 and prohibited from operating a vessel for up to three years.
  • For a second offence, the person will be imprisoned for at least 30 days and prohibited from operating a vessel for not less than two years and up to five years.
  • For each subsequent offence, the person will be imprisoned for at least 120 days and prohibited from operating a vessel for at least three years.
  • Anyone who operates a vessel while prohibited from doing so may be imprisoned for up to five years.
OWI Enforcement

There also are other penalties for operating a pleasure craft while impaired.

  • Anyone who causes an accident resulting in bodily harm to another person may be imprisoned for up to 10 years.
  • Anyone who causes the death of another person may be imprisoned for life.