Transport Canada Clarifies New Regulations

Wednesday, 02 March 2011

Transport Canada LogoLast Friday the Toronto Star wrote an article about the new Transport Canada regulations that effect instructors, leaders and guides who are on the water in canoes and kayaks.

The article focuses on the confusion that many Canadian paddlers are having with the new regulations and the fact that Transport Canada has yet to come out with some definitive guidelines and steps on if you need to register and how to do it.

All the media attention finally made Transport Canada publicly respond and clarify several items including the perceived notion that they are trying to hinder people from getting out on the water.

Transport Minister Chuck Strahi himself commented on the issue and said that large, non-profit groups like Girl Guides and Scouts and other organizations shouldn’t need to worry about the paperwork for vessel regulations. He said that the regulations were never intended for groups like them but rather commercial operators working on the water.

The other change they announced is a tweak to the registration process of canoes and kayaks for commercial operators. They have officially announced that they have dropped the requirement for vessel photos and the calculation of tonnage requirement.

It’s nice to see that logic seems to prevailing with this issue.

Transport Minister Chuck Strahl has charged his Ministry staff to review the “ambiguous” government regulations and come up with a solution before the paddling season starts.

Paddle Canada had a scheduled meeting with Transport Canada this morning but I haven’t heard the outcome as of yet. My guess is that we won’t hear much publicly on the matter until the tweaks are announced in a couple of months. Remember, the wheels of Government move slowly and they don’t want to be embarrassed a second time.

More info: Toronto Star

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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