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12 September 2009

All Boaters require an Operator Card by September 15

Starting September 15, boaters in Canada without a Pleasure Craft Operator Card could be fined $250. The new regulation applies to all Canadian boaters - there is no grandfather clause. Even someone driving a fishing boat with a small trolling motor must carry a card. To obtain an Operator Card, one must learn some boating safety basics and pass an exam – available online from BoaterExam.com - you can get a temporary card instantly if you pass. For more information see Transport Canada: Office of Boating Safety. The "card" is good for life. (Non-residents are exempt unless they boat in Canada for more than 45 days, or are using a boat registered in Canada.) {boating.ncf.ca/pcoc.html}

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