PCOC Guide (PDF)
The Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) is legislated
by Transport Canada and is proof that the holder understands
the rules and regulations of Canadian waterways. To
obtain a PCOC you must pass a Transport Canada accredited
test. When you are on the water you must carry the
card with you at all times. Your Pleasure Craft Operator
Card is good for life.
What is a Pleasure Craft?
Anyone who drives a motorized Pleasure Craft under
4 metres in length must carry their PCOC. To give
Canadians time to adapt to the new regulations, Transport
Canada is implementing the new law in phases:
September 15, 1999 - Now in effect
All operators born after April 1, 1983.
September 15, 2002 - Now in effect
All operators of power driven pleasure craft under
4m, includes PWCs.
September 15, 2009
All operators of power driven pleasure craft.
Examples of pleasure craft:
* Personal watercraft (PWC) – i.e. Jet Ski
* Canoes and kayaks
* Sailboats or sailboards
* Hovercraft (Air cushion vehicles, ACV)
If your water craft is fitted with a motor (whether
it is turned on or not) you must have a Pleasure Card
* These requirements apply in areas outside the
Northwest Territories and Nunavut at this time.
Please visit Transport
Canada's website for more information.