Government Directory

Directory of governments of Canada, Canadian Provinces, and the U.S.A. that regulate recreational boating activities. The Government of Canada is moving to (report bad links)
  1. Government of Canada Phone 1-800-622-6232. Find local government offices in the Blue Pages of your telephone directory.
  2. Marine Services On-line - for recreational boaters, commercial operators, and marine infrastructure/commerce (Public Works and Government Services Canada appears to duplicate Transport Canada's information)
  3. Requirements for Foreign Recreational Boaters In Canadian Waters (Transport Canada)
  4. Canada's International Gateway
  5. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) 1-800-255-4541
  6. Canadian Passports
  7. Canada Revenue Agency (formerly Canada Customs and Revenue Agency)
  8. Canadian Beacon Registry - to register emergency positioning indicator radio beacons (EPIRBs) 1-800-727-9414
  9. Statistics Canada
  10. Natural Resources Canada
  11. Canada Official Time (National Research Council) - Time Server:
  12. Foreign Affairs and International Trade 1-800-267-6788
    • - essential information before traveling to a foreign country
  13. Health Canada - health information in foreign countries
  14. Canada Gazette - may be the only place you will see proposed regulation concerning pleasure boating before it becomes law. (e.g. Amending the Small Vessel Regulations 2018)
  15. Deptartment of Justice Laws - Code, Acts, Regulations

Transport Canada (TC)

  1. Transport Canada
  2. Provincial Departments of Transportation
  3. Acts and Regulations
  4. Transport Canada Marine Safety
  5. Boat Licences and Registration
  6. Registrar of Imported Vehicle Program (RIV) - safety standards for imported vehicles, boat trailers 1-888-848-8240
  7. Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) - consults about marine safety, recreational boating, navigation, pollution, security
  8. Legalization of cannabis in Canada and vessel operation - SSB 12/2018
  9. Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) - search & rescue, buoys, marine safety, environment, Marine Communication & Traffic Services (MCTS), water level data.

Canadian Border Services (CBSA)

  1. Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA)
  2. NEXUS Marine Program - faster border crossing program
    • NEXUS Marine Application (RC4209) requires fingerprinting, biometrics
    • Telephone Reporting Centre (TRC) 1-866-996-3987 (1-866-99-NEXUS)
      (see below: Binational: Border Crossing)
  3. Canada-U.S. Border (road) Wait Times (CBSA)

Fisheries & Oceans (DFO)

For Canadian Coast Guard see Transport Canada.
  1. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) - hydrographic services, regulation of fish stocks.
  2. Marine Environmental Data Service (MEDS)
    Canada's Oceanographic Data Center - sea temperatures, chemistry, tides, water levels
  3. Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) - marine navigation charts & publications
  4. Canadian water level information:

Parks Canada

  1. Parks Canada
  2. National Parks
    • Georgian Bay Islands NP
    • Gulf Islands NP Reserve
    • Gwaii Haanas NP Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area
    • Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park
    • Thousand Islands NP
  3. Historic Canals - Carillon, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Lachine, Saint-Ours, Chambly, Rideau, Trent-Severn Waterway, Sault Ste. Marie
  4. National Historic Sites of Canada
  5. National Marine Parks & Conservation Areas

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (was Industry Canada)

  1. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada - boating industry, manufacturers, sales, equipment, accessories, statistics, tourism, trade
  2. Recreational Boat manufacturing Industry
  3. Spectrum Management System - National Maritime Information Database (NMID)
  4. Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulatory Branch
  5. RBR-2 (was RIC-13): Technical Requirements for the operation of Mobile Stations in the Maritime Service (VHF)
  6. Strategis - Canada's business site includes marine radio licensing and radio spectrum management.

Canada-USA Bi-national

  1. Canada's International Gateway
  2. Canadian Embassy - Washington, DC
  3. U.S.-Canada Transportation Border Working Group (TBWG)
  4. Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN), which combines government and organizations from Canada and the U.S.A. provides levels from gauging stations (live):
  5. International Joint Commission
  6. IWLC International Water Levels Coalition - Canada/U.S. citizen alternative to the St. Lawrence River Board of Control dedicated to preserving the environmental and socio-economic health of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence.
  7. Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Seaway System
    • Pleasure Craft Guide - locking, brochures, lock schedules
    • Canadian lock regulations
    • U.S. Lock regulations in St. Lawrence Seaway
    During the shipping season, more than 2,000 pleasure craft of all kinds pass through the Seaway. Pleasure craft... must be at least 6 M (20 ft.) in length and weigh over 900 kg (one ton 2000 lb.) ... Because the Seaway was made for large cargo ships, small pleasure craft will often be asked to wait while the commercial vessels pass through the locks. Tolls are $30 cash (USD or CAD).

United States

  1. U.S. Department of Homeland Security - includes border control, customs and immigration departments
  2. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)
  3. U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) - regulates how you may enter and travel in the U.S. 1-800-827-0851, 313-226-3139, 1-866-530-4172
  4. U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) - entering the U.S.A.
    • (313) 259-8560
    • (716) 447-3942 Buffalo district (NYS, Penn., Ohio).
    • 1-800-825-2851 New York, Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence entry ports
  5. USDA Travel Tips - food, animals, plants 301-734-8896
  6. U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - weather advisories, climate, fisheries, coasts, satellites, charts
  7. U.S. National Institue of Science and Technology (NIST)
  8. U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO) time & astronomical data by radio, phone & internet
  9. America's Waterway Watch - citizen security
  10. U.S. Coast Guard
  11. U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - satellite navigation, GPS, WAAS
  12. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: No-Discharge Zones (NDZs)
  13. Center for Disease Control || West Nile Virus
  14. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Zebra Mussels, Goby
  15. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -- Great Lakes water levels

Provincial and Territorial Governments websites

British Columbia  
New Brunswick
Prince Edward Island
Nova Scotia
Newfoundland & Labrador
Northwest Territories
  1. Provincial Departments of Transportation (Transport Canada)

Police Forces

  1. OPP (Ontario Provincial Police)
  2. SQ (Québec provincial police)
  3. RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) for other provinces & territories

Ontario Government   ONT

  1. Ontario Tourism: 1-800-668-2746 (Can./U.S. toll-free) (416)314-6557 (Toronto)
  2. St. Lawrence Parks Commission
  3. Ontario Ministry of Environment and Energy
  4. Ontario Liquor Licence Act || Conveying Liquor in a Boat
  5. Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
  6. Ontario Ministry of Transportation
  7. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
    1. Ontario Fishing - licences, rules, safe eating
    2. Ontario Fish Online
    3. Map: Guide to Eating Ontario Fish
    4. Ontario's Invading Species - Reporting 1-800-563-7711
      Clean Boats - stop the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS)