Transport Canada has announced that the Regulations Amending the Small Vessel Regulations were published in the Canada Gazette today. To support digitization, innovation, and increased efficiency, TC put forward, through Bill C-97 (under the Budget Implementation Act, 2019), an amendment to the Canada Transportation Act (CTA 2006) that authorizes the electronic administration and enforcement of Acts under the Minister of Transport’s authority, including the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 (CSA 2001). Bill C-97 received Royal Assent on June 21, 2019, and the amendment to the CTA 2006 entered into force immediately.
Under the CSA 2001, the SVR is the primary regulatory mechanism by which TC manages the safety equipment carriage and construction requirements for small vessels. The SVR also provides the regulatory framework for pleasure craft licensing.