Canada. Transport Canada

Site: Sarnia

Service: Office of Boating Safety - Pleasure Craft Operator Card

Description (Service) Operators of pleasure craft fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes are required to have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, (PCOC), as proof of competency on board at all times 
  • Testing and Courses 
    • to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card it is necessary to pass an accredited test  
    • Transport Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard do not teach boating safety courses or offer testing, private companies administer all courses and tests and issue all cards  
    • Boating Safety courses cover a full range of basic boating information such as minimum safety equipment requirements required on board your boat, Canadian Buoy system, how to share waterways, a review of all pertinent regulations and how to respond in an emergency situation  
    • courses can be taken in class, by correspondence, on the Internet, or a training manual can be purchased, from an accredited training organization or downloaded from the website of an accredited training organization, to be studied independently before taking the test  
    • to find out where you can write the test, take a course in your area, or possibly download a training manual visit website, go to menu on right hand side 'Office of Boating Safety' and click on 'Courses'  
    • see List of Accredited Course Providers
Service Details
Public Comments Although it is commonly referred to as a "boating licence", the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) is actually a "Competency Card"  
  • by successfully passing the test and obtaining an Operator Card individuals have proven their competency as a safe boat operator 
  • Canadian law does not require recreational boaters to obtain a boating licence, the only legal requirement for boaters is to carry proof of competency (i.e. Pleasure Craft Operator Card) on board at all times
Hours Boating Safety Info line: Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm
Areas Served Canada
Eligibility Any person operating a pleasure craft fitted with a motor
Application Call Boating Safety Info-Line or visit Pleasure Craft Operator Cards for more information
Languages English ; French - Reception
Fees Program - call organization offering course or testing for information on fees
Address and Location
Located In Community Sarnia
Address & Map
Office of Boating Safety, Transport Canada
100 Front St S
Sarnia, ON N7T 2M4
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Intersection Christina St and Davis St
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Contact Information
Toll Free Phone Boating Safety Info line: 1-800-267-6687

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