Legal Deadline For 8 Million Canadians Now Due

OTTAWA, Sept. 14 /CNW/ - As boating families across the country continue to enjoy warm weather, law enforcement officers are preparing to impose Canada's new "boating license" requirements.

Canadian boaters have until midnight on Sept 14, 2009 to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card or be fined $250.00. With less than 2 million Canadians currently certified, another 8 million are rushing to beat the Sept 15th deadline.

Many Canadians are unaware of the deadline or may be waiting until the start of next year's boating season. However, enforcement agencies across Canada including Provincial Police, Conservation Officers and the RCMP will begin enforcing the nation-wide law on Sept 15, 2009.

Now with deadline looming, Canadians are rushing to complete their exam online at

Boaters are concerned about meeting the deadline. "It's important for Canadians to know that the exam will be available online at - boaters can complete the exam today and meet the deadline" said Cameron Taylor, spokesperson for BOATsmart! Canada.

The organization offers the official exam online 24/7 and provides toll free support 7 days a week by calling 1-877-792-3926. Candidates who take the exam at are able to access free study material and print a temporary card immediately upon passing in order to meet the deadline.

"Boaters who don't get certified by the deadline will still be able to take their exam online at - We'll be offering the exam 24/7 well past the deadline" said Taylor. And those who complete the exam with BOATsmart! Canada will obtain their card for life - even if they take the exam AFTER Sept 15.

Unlike other providers who have pressured Canadians by threatening that their exams will increase in price and difficulty, BOATsmart! Canada will not increase the exam fee or difficulty immediately after the deadline.

"Other providers have suggested that their exams will increase in difficulty. Some have even suggested that cards issued after the deadline won't be good for life", said Taylor. "This is not the case with BOATsmart! Canada. We will continue to provide educational resources and Transport Canada Accredited Exams. We'll be here after Sept 15th to help Canadian families boat safely."

The federal law applies to ALL operators of powered boats - regardless of their age or size of boat. Small boats with electric trolling motors up to large cruisers and sailboats equipped with engines are included in the deadline.

Boaters who have completed a recognized boating safety course may be exempt. Information regarding exemptions is available online at

BOATsmart! is accredited by Transport Canada and is Canada's largest Course Provider. The organization's mission is to educate recreational boaters and promote the safe, enjoyable and environmentally friendly use of Canada's waterways.


For further information: For further information: For media inquiries and to arrange an interview, please contact Cameron Taylor, President, BOATsmart! Canada, Cell (416) 524-8943,,

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