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Current Law and Proposed Changes

Current Law in Canada

  • If your boat does not have a muffler while operating within 5 nautical miles of land, it is illegal to operate anywhere in Canada. Boats manufactured before Jan. 1 1960 are exempt. There are some other minor exemptions
  • If your boat has a Captains Choice, it must be disconnected in quiet/through-the-prop mode in a fashion that it is not possible to switch on while operating the boat.
  • All motors that exhaust through-the-prop are legal. This includes outboards, personal watercraft and inboard/outboards as long as the exhaust has not been re-directed through the transom without mufflers.
  • Exhaust that exits through the transom or side of the boat and have mufflers are legal

Proposed Legislation of the Decibel Coalition

  • Expand the law to include decibel limits on motor noise from boats
  • Easy to understand, easy to enforce
  • Based on international measurement standards and decibel levels
  • Consistent with USA and EU regulations/laws

Canadian waterways are regulated by the federal government. Here are the links to the two relevant Canadian laws:

Small Vessel Regulations (SOR/2010-91)

Construction Standards for Small Vessels (2010) – TP 1332 E