Transport Canada - Marine Safety (TCMS)

The Marine Safety program develops and administers a national program supported by approximately 620 employees and a budget of approximately $65 million.

TCMS Website

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop, administrate and enforce national and international laws and policies governing marine safety, and the protection of the marine environment; 
  • Promote safe practices and procedures; 
  • Develop and maintain regulations, examinations, and training standards for the certification of seafarers - including issuing Certificates of Competency; 
  • Respond to marine occupational safety and health issues; 
  • Maintain a Canadian vessel registry; 
  • Deliver an internal technical training program to our program's inspector community; 
  • Conduct research in the marine transportation sector (e.g. safety equipment); 
  • Administer the navigable waters protection program; and
  • Oversee pilotage matters.

Marine Personnel Regulations (crewing requirements)

The Marine Personnel Regulations (MPR) came into force on April 1, 2007.  These updated regulations put into motion the requirement for all masters and crew on fishing vessels to be certified through the TC process. Since that time there have been several amendments and these continue as the fishing industry provides feedback on the practicality and reasonableness of these regulations.

Certification and Training Worksheet

Transport Canada Approved Training Courses and Providers

Marine Inspection References (vessel requirements)

Small Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations (Vessels under 150 gross tonnage)

Large Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations (Vessels over 150 gross tonnage)

Steamship Inspection Fees - Guidance Documents

Common Inspection Deficiencies

Modifications Form

Stability Information Questionnaire

For more information contact Andy Allan
Transport Canada Pacific Region (604-666-9703)