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 an exhaust diverter / 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 has mufflers are legal
Regulation Enhancements Proposed by the Decibel Coalition
- Expand the regulation to include performance standards for boat motor noise set in decibels
- Boat manufacturers and importers must meet the standards as well as on the water owner/operators
- Easy to understand, easy to enforce
- Based on international measurement standards and decibel levels
- 75dBA for shoreline sound level measurement
- 88dBA for stationary sound level measurement
- Consistent with USA and EU regulations/laws
Canadian waterways are regulated by the federal government. Here are the links to the two relevant existing Canadian regulations:
Here are links to US and European legislation: