Transport Canada (Marine) Safety

Marine Safety Vessel Inspection Fees and Services

On May 30, 2012 Transport Canada Marine Safety is launching a national process which will apply and calculate the fees for vessel inspection and services set out in the Board of Steamship Inspection Scale of Fees.

This Marine Safety dispatch and tracking process will ensure inspection and service fee are consistantly and uniformly applied across Canada which may result in changes to your invoices.

More information is available by consulting Transport Canada's 

For more information please conact your Regional Marine Safety office:

TCMS Website   

By toll free phone: 1-866-995-9737

By Email

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Transport Canada Pacific Region is facilitating outreach sessions to assist fishermen in completing applications for certificates of service (grandfather tickets for Masters and Mates).  If needed, assistance in completing applications for renewing existing certificates (all certificates are subject to renewal every 5 years), completing the declaration of 7 fishing seasons and applications for CDN numbers can be provided as well.   You can arrange to have a TC examiner attend your association meeting, your local harbour authority, meet with a group of fishermen or give them a call if you want some one on one service.  Contact or at 604-666-2749 to make these arrangements. 

Transport Canada has recently provided an interactive worksheet for determining your certification requirements for masters and for deckhands who will be taking the wheel (officer of the watch).  TP15141

The Marine Safety program develops and administers a national program supported by approximately 620 employees and a budget of approximately $65 million. Their mandate includes the full spectrum of responsibilities related to the safety of vessels.  Of note these 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)

Common Inspection Deficiencies

Modifications Form

TC Stability Questionnaire

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

Bob Rezansoff won the draw for a Mustang Survival Hi-visibility PFD for completing the Transport Canada Marine Inspections Perception Survey.   Thank you to all that participated in the survey!

Additional Certification References

Certificate Validity

Small Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations

7 Season Declaration Form

Ship Safety Bulletins

Marine Emergency Duties

First Aid Requirements

Radio Requirements

Stability Books

TC Brochure on Certification Requirements

TC Certificates of Service

TC Certification Requirements

TC Medical Examiners

Training Providers Canada

Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC)

The Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) is Transport Canada's national consultative body for marine matters. Meetings are normally held twice a year in the spring and fall, both nationally in Ottawa and in each region. Members include representatives of individuals and parties that have a recognized interest in boating and shipping concerning safety, recreational matters, navigation, marine pollution and response and marine security.

Subjects discussed included: 

  • the development and acceptance of international conventions, regulations, codes, standards, and recommendations; 
  • the development and implementation of national statutes, regulations, codes, standards, recommendations and procedures;
    operations and services; and, 
  • any other matters related to marine safety, marine services, marine pollution prevention and response, and marine security.

There are seven Standing Committees that discuss issues and topics relative to their area and make recommendations for consideration.

The Small Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations are in their final review.  These regulations will affect vessels from 0 - 24 metres.   You have the opportunity to review and make suggestions for improvements or changes. 

A consultation draft of Parts 1 and 2 of the proposed Regulations, were released in September of 2010. To obtain copies of Parts 1 and 2, or to make comments on this document, please contact  or  

More information about the Canadian Marine Advisory Council may be found on the CMAC web-site at This consultation draft and the draft of Parts 1 & 2  will soon be available on the CMAC web-site.

Meets twice a year in Ottawa
Next Meeting:  November 7 - 10, 2011

Regional CMAC
Meets twice a year in Vancouver
Next Meeting:  September 15, 2011

Suite 100 - 12051 Horseshoe Way
Richmond, BC
Canada V7A 4V4

T 604-261-9700
F 604-275-7140

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