Government Directory

Governments of Canada, U.S.A. and Provinces that regulate recreational boating activities.
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  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. Safety and Security for Canadians - Canadian Government portal has travel tips and border information.
  4. Requirements for Foreign Recreational Boaters In Canadian Waters (Transport Canada)
  5. Canada's International Gateway
  6. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) 1-800-255-4541
  7. Passport Canada :: Service Canada :: Office locations
  8. Canada Revenue Agency (formerly Canada Customs and Revenue Agency)
    • Going south - forms, publications, tax considerations, customs, travel medicine, currency restrictions, " Canadian Residents Going Down South " (booklet P151)
    • British Columbia Taxpayer Services Info Line (importing a boat)
      Toll-free Canada: 1-877-388-4440
  9. Canadian Beacon Registry - to register emergency positioning indicator radio beacons (EPIRBs) 1-800-727-9414
  10. Statistics Canada
  11. Natural Resources Canada
  12. Canada Official Time (National Research Council) - Time Server:
  13. Foreign Affairs and International Trade 1-800-267-6788
    • - essential information before traveling to a foreign country
  14. Health Canada - health information in foreign countries
  15. Canada Gazette - may be the only place you will see proposed regulation concerning pleasure boating before it becomes law.
  16. Deptartment of Justice Laws - Code, Acts, Regulations
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Canadian Border Services (CBSA)

  1. Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), an agency of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (PSEP). Formerly Revenue Canada: Customs and immigration (2003).
  2. Information for Visitors to Canada (document RC4161) 1-800-461-9999
  3. Directory of offices by province
  4. Border & Customs Info-line 1-800-461-9999 (toll-free)
  5. Entry to Canada reporting line: 1-888-226-7277 (toll-free)
  6. NEXUS Program - joint Canada/U.S. card for faster Canada/US border crossing. (Toll-free: 1-866-639-8726)
  7. CANPASS Program for private boats 1-888-CANPASS / 1-888-226-7277 (Canada/USA)
  8. Coming to Canada by.. Recreational Boat
  9. Canada-U.S. Border Wait Times (CBSA)

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Transport Canada (TC)

  1. Transport Canada
  2. Office of Boating and Safety 1-800-267-6687 - recreational boating safety policy, safety equipment, Pleasure Craft Operators Card course providers, boat licence applications, product recalls, publications.
  3. Pleasure Craft Electronic Licensing System (PCELS) Toll-free: 1-800-622-6232
  4. Human Powered Craft
  5. Vessel Registration Office Toll-free: 1-877-242-8770
  6. Marine services - acts and regulations, federal waters, pollution prevention, marine navigation, harbours, shipping, registered boats, small boat safety.
  7. Acts and Regulations
  8. Information about Buying a boat
  9. Registrar of Imported Vehicle (RIV) Program 1-888-848-8240 safety standards for imported vehicles.
  10. Transport Canada Marine Safety
  11. Non-recreational & Commercial vessels
  12. Requirements for Foreign Recreational Boaters In Canadian Waters
  13. National Search & Rescue Secretariat
  14. Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) - consultative group. Marine safety, recreational boating, navigation, pollution, security 1-866-879-9902
  15. Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) - search & rescue, buoys, marine safety, marine environment, marine safety communications, Marine Communication and Traffic Services (MCTS), DGPS, water level data.
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Fisheries & Oceans (DFO)

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

  1. Parks Canada - heritage canals, marine parks
  2. Rideau Canal: National Historic Site of Canada 1-800-230-0016
  3. Paddling the Rideau Canal
  4. Georgian Bay Islands National Park
  5. Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
  6. Fathom Five National Marine Park
  7. Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park
  8. Thousand Islands National Park 613-923-5261
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    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 Industry & Boat Building Stats
    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.
      • Exemptions for ship radio licences - where to get a licence for your radio to travel outside Canada/U.S.
      • Radio Spectrum Management and Telecommunications (613) 998-3693 Ottawa   Info-line  (613) 941-0222
      • Radiocommunication Information Circulars (RIC)
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    Canada/USA Bi-national

    1. Canada's International Gateway
    2. Canadian Embassy - Washington, DC
    3. U.S.-Canada Transportation Border Working Group (TBWG)
    4. Shiprider Project - RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) and U.S. Coast Guard joint law enforcement along marine borders
    5. Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN), which combines government and organizations from Canada and the U.S.A. provides levels from gauging stations (live):
    6. International Joint Commission
    7. 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.
    8. 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
    3. U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) - regulates how boats may enter and travel in the U.S. 1-800-827-0851, 313-226-3139, 1-866-530-4172
    4. U.S. Ports of Entry :: Lake Ontario :: East Coast :: Washington
    5. 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
    6. USDA Travel Tips - food, animals, plants  (301) 734-8896
    7. U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - weather advisories, climate, fisheries, coasts, satellites, charts
    8. U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO) provides time and astronomical data by radio, phone & Web (clocks or voice broadcasts).
    9. America's Waterway Watch - citizen security
    10. U.S. Coast Guard
    11. U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - satellite navigation, GPS, WAAS (for airplanes)
    12. U.S. National Institue of Science and Technology (NIST)
    13. U.S. No-Discharge Zones (NDZs) Type I MSD treatment for sewage is NOT allowed
    14. Center for Disease Control || West Nile Virus
    15. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Zebra Mussels, Goby
    16. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - has water levels for the Great Lakes

    Provincial Governments

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

    Police Forces

    1. OPP (Ontario Provincial Police)
    2. SQ (Québec provincial police)
    3. RCMP by province (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)

    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 Fishing Regulations Summary
      3. Ontario's Invading Species - Reporting 1-800-563-7711
        Clean Boats - stop the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS)
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