Attached is the MOU between NSABLA and Transport Canada Marine Safety. In it is defined the acknowledgement level of the Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) acceptance in the IUS. Please read through the entire document (only 4 pages).
Ask if you have further questions. I cannot answer the second part of your question regarding what happens to a Canadian vessel in US waters regarding safety equipment although I live in a border city and generally anyone ever stopped by US Authorities has not had issues if they have had the proper safety equipment required in Canada for that vessel....but is that the law or regulation, I do not know.
Joseph Gatfield, JN
Past Chief Commander – Ex-commandant en chef
External Relations – Relations extérieures
Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons
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Mr. Gatfield's note below has a copy of the MOU between Transport Canada and NASBLA. But that is not quite the same thing as the US Coast Guard recognizing it, or the states actually agreeing to recognize.
Can you point me to any official guidance on this?
I'm teaching some boating safety courses to a cruising club that includes both US and Canadian boaters, so want to get the details correct.
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