I have attached very basic information regarding licencing and registration in Canada. This may be of assistance but it also states to visit Transport Canada's Vessel Registration Office for info also.
Joseph Gatfield, JN
Past Chief Commander – Ex-commandant en chef
External Relations – Relations extérieures
Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons
Escadrilles canadiennes de plaisance
(O) 519-966-1781 (C) 519-257-0559
In Canada, pleasure craft are required to be licenced if it is fitted with a motor or motors equally 10 hp or more. A Pleasure Craft Licence (PCL) is not considered proof of ownership and is not a title document. To get a licence, the owner needs to provide the bill of sale, legal documents (ex: a will, court decision, etc.) or a notarized declaration, showing proof of ownership before the licence document will be issued. Getting a PCL is currently free and it is the option most pleasure craft owners choose.
The owner does have the option to register the pleasure craft if they wish. This option is recommended if the boat will be transiting through international borders (ex: used in Florida or the Carribbean in the winter months). The registration document is considered proof of ownership and a "title" document. There is a fee to get a vessel registered and there are more steps involved.
By far the majority of pleasure craft that are being sold to individuals and move back in forth across the border would be pleasure craft that were or will require a pleasure craft licence.
Hope this helps. If you need more information. Please ask.
Michelle L. Maruk
Small Vessel Officer
Office of Boating Safety
Transport Canada (AMSDO)
330 Sparks St.
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