The Government of Canada announces new measures for pleasure craft in northern communities
“Our Government is committed to protecting the health and safety of our Arctic communities, particularly during these challenging times. These new measures add to our efforts to fight COVID-19 and will help limit its transmission. I thank boaters for refraining from operating within Canada’s Arctic coastal waters and doing their part to help protect our remote and vulnerable communities. We are all in this together.”
Minister of Transport
The Honourable Marc Garneau
This pleasure craft prohibition applies to Canadian Arctic coastal waters located north of the 60th parallel, which includes the territorial sea surrounding Nunatsiavut, Nunavik and the Labrador Coast.
The new prohibition does not apply to:
- Foreign pleasure craft exercising their right of innocent passage through Canada’s Arctic territorial waters; however, these vessels will be required to notify the Minister of Transport 60 days in advance of arriving in Arctic waters and may be subject to conditions;
- Canadian pleasure craft being used by local communities, or used for essential transportation, for subsistence fishing, harvesting and hunting, or for exercising Treaty Rights; and
- Canadian pleasure craft being used on inland lakes and rivers in Canada’s three territories.
Transport Canada defines a pleasure craft as a boat, a ship, or any other water craft that is used exclusively for pleasure and does not carry passengers or goods for payment. Canoes, kayaks, sailboats and motorboats are also included in this definition.
Those who do not comply with the prohibitions set out in the Interim Order could be subject to a penalty of $5,000 per day for an individual and $25,000 per day for a corporation.
Measures highlighted today complement previous announcements made:
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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