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