Attention Recreational Boaters and Marine Community Members:

Please do your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation is evolving daily. Canadians, including those who are recreational boaters, should continue to think ahead about the actions that they can take to protect their health and safety, and prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others.

  • Follow the latest advice from federal and provincial public health leaders:
    • You must self-isolate and monitor for symptoms (cough, fever or difficulty breathing) for 14 days if you have travelled outside of Canada.
    • Practice social distancing by avoiding close contact with others – keep 2 metres apart from others as much as possible.
    • Practice proper hygiene;
      • Wash your hands often, for more than 20 seconds;
      • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands;
      • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces
    • Contact your local health authority if you are developing flu-like symptoms.
  • If you are planning on heading out on the water, carry all required safety equipment and documents on board your vessel.
    • Have the required safety equipment on board the pleasure craft, based on type and size of your vessel. This safety equipment is required and must be ready and accessible in case of emergencies. (See bottom of this message for tables of the minimum safety equipment requirements)
    • Carry a copy of your Pleasure Craft Licence or Registration paperwork, government photo ID and operator competency, on board whenever you operate your pleasure craft.
  • Keep first responders safe
    • If you are in an emergency situation while boating and require assistance, please alert first responders if you have been out of the country and/or are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
    • Help keep first responders safe by following their directions.

For more details related to COVID-19, please refer to:

For more details on Boating Safety please refer to:

For more information or clarification, please contact Office of Boating Safety, Pacific Region:

Tel: 604-666-2681 or


The Office of Boating Safety- Pacific Region

Transport Canada /  Government of Canada / Cell: 604-666-4526 / TTY: 1-888-675-6863

Transports Canada /  Gouvernement du Canada / Cell: 604-666-4526 / TTY: 1-888-675-6863

Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada

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