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CANPASS Private Vessel Permit

Canada has a program of its own called CanPass Private Boats Permit which boaters and immediate family can register once only for $25 and then report their intention to enter Canada by telephone up to 4 hours in advance (for Canadian or U.S. boats entering Canada). You tell the officer when and at which offically sanctioned dock or marina you are heading for, and whether you have purchases on which duty is payable (duty may be charged on your credit card). You will be instructed either to proceed to the designated dock or to another site for inspection.

CANPASS allows you to avoid long lineups at Customs phones, but you will likely still be asked to undergo an inspection. As with the I-68, your guests are not covered. A pilot program in Quebec called CANPASS Private Boats Plus, exempts holders from customs reporting unless they import goods above duty limits. CANPASS also operates programs for planes, snowmobiles, cars, etc. For more information, please contact Revenue Canada toll-free at 888-226-7277 or read the CANPASS information from Revenue Canada. Phone 800-461-9999 to reach an automated service and 514-283-9900 to apply in Quebec.

Canada has seen many changes to its boating regulations in 1999. You should be aware that there are new regulations regarding speed& "rules of the road," including required safety equipment environment laws. This is only a general outline the full website for non Canadian vessels may be found at the above URL.

In Canadian waterways you must obey the rules that govern your vessels operation and environment protection regulations.

Vessels registered or licensed outside Canada must be fitted with the safety equipment required by your country while in Canadian waters.

By Boating laws and restriction including local speed and operating restrictions.

When boating in the Provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan, there is unposted speed limit of 10 kmh (6 mph) within 30 metres (100) from shore.
This limit applies on all waters within these provinces except where other limits are posted. These provisions do not apply in rivers less than 100 metres (300 feet) in width, canals and buoyed channels nor in the case of waterskiing, where the tow boat can launch and drop off skiers by heading directly away from or into the shore.

It is illegal to dump garbage or petroleum products in all Canadian waters.

Sewage may only be discharged at shore pump-out facilities and portable toilets must be affixed to the vessel and connected to a deck fitting for shore-based pump-out.
There are also restrictions against pumping sewage into all waters within the province of Ontario and some interior lakes of British Columbia and Manitoba.
Canadian Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety 200 Kent, 5th floor Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E6 1-800-267-6687 (in Canada only)
To find out more about boating rules in the area you will be visiting, please contact the closest Canadian Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety:
British Columbia, Yukon Territory Canadian Coast Guard 25 Huron Street Victoria, British Columbia V8V 4V9
Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba Ontario, Northwest Territories Canadian Coast Guard 201 N. Front Street, Suite 703 Sarnia, Ontario N7T 8B1
Quebec Canadian Coast Guard 101 Boulevard Chaplain, 2 Floor Quebec, Quebec G1K 7Y7
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island Canadian Coast Guard Foot of Parker Street, P.O. Box 1000 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y 3Z8
Newfoundland Canadian Coast Guard 34 Harvey Road St. Johns, Newfoundland A1C 6H8
customs and immigration requirements

Arrival procedures

The captain of a boat arriving in Canada must report to Canadian Customs immediately upon arrival. You must report in at designated stations, but, as a convenience, most marinas are elligible and have instructions and toll-free phone numbers posted. You should be prepared to wait for an inspector or to move your boat to another location if required. Be sure to keep all passengers on board until you have cleared entry procedures.

Have your boat license or registration information with you as well as the full names, citizenship, birth dates, and addresses of all persons on board when you talk to the customs agent. Make an entry in your own ship's log (date, agent's name, location of entry, clearance number) for reference.

You can report to Canadian Customs, toll free at 1-800-265-5633 24 hours a day.

Kingston Mills is an official "Canada Customs Telephone Report Site". It allows U.S. boaters to call directly to Canada Customs and receive their Customs Report number. Canadian Customs and Immigration: for U.S. boaters entering the Rideau Canal from the United States or Canadian boaters returning from the U.S.

In June 1997, a U.S. bill was introduced to aid American boaters in the Great Lakes returning from Canada. A pilot program would allow passengers on recreational boats to carry a passport instead of an I-68 form. Contact a U.S. I.N.S. office for more information on U.S. Customs procedures. [See also various procedures for entering the U.S.A.]


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