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In Canada, the Small Vessel Regulations state that you must register your boat if:

  • It is not a pleasure craft and…
  • It is wholly owned by qualified persons and…
  • It is not registered, listed, or otherwise recorded in a foreign country or state.

If you are a qualified person and own a pleasure craft, you do not have to register your craft but you may do so on a voluntary basis.

Registering a pleasure craft provides several benefits.

  • You have proof of ownership (legal title) of the pleasure craft. Having this proof can be very beneficial at international borders.
  • Registered pleasure craft are allowed to fly the Canadian flag.
  • Your pleasure craft has a unique name and an official number.

For information on registering your boat, visit the Transport Canada website.

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