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Kayak Registration: Transport Canada

UPDATE Commercial Kayak registration has been suspended. Read More

Recent changes to Transport Canada Small Vessel Regulations require kayaks in which a "guide" is present, to be registered. This applies to both companies operating with a fleet of boats, and for individual paddlers who use their own boat as a "guide".

For more information, please visit the Transport Canada website.

More Info:

  • UPDATED Kayak Registration Suspended More...
  • Small Vessel Equipment and Procedure Requirements More...
Transport Canada Documents (PDF)
The following documents are required to register ones kayak

  • Form #3: Statement of Qualification for Vessel Registration
  • Form #4A: Simplified Method of Tonnage Measurement
  • Form #14: Appointment of Authorized Representative
  • Form #20: Application for Registry (Small Vessel Register)
  • Statutory Declaration of Ownership
  • Sample Documents
    The following is an example of a completed registration application. Courtesy of Coastal Bliss Adventures

    Registration Form Information

    Form #20: Application for Registry : PDF Here
    Complete the Application for Registry and submit it to the Registrar at the Vessel Registration Office in the National Capital Region.

    Evidence of Ownership
    One must produce evidence of ownership/title to the Registrar of Vessels.

    • The evidence consists of a copy of the Bill of Sale/receipt or other documentation demonstrating or transferring ownership of the vessel to the applicant for registration.
    If a bill of sale is not available, one must complete a Statutory Declaration of Ownership (PDF) The declaration must be completed before a person authorized by law to administer oaths in the Province or Territory of Canada wherein the Declaration is made. One must give the reason why a bill of sale cannot be produced

    Form #3: Declaration of Ownership : PDF Here
    Complete a Declaration of Ownership, to prove eligability to register vessel.

    Form #14: Appointment of Authorized Representative: PDF Here If the kayak is owned by more than one person (as in some companies), an authorized representitive must be designated.

    Form #4A: Simplified Method of Tonnage Measurement : PDF Here
    Measure one's kayak using the Simplified Method. As part of this form, one must provide photo's of the vessel.

    • These four photos must show the bow, stern, side profile, and view from deck at stern looking forward.
    • Each photograph must be a minimum of 12.70 cm x 8.89 cm (5" x 3.5") in size, signed and marked to clearly identify the vessel, name of the owner and the date taken
    • Example photos for use in Simplified Method PDF Here.

    Fees There is a $50 fee for registering a single vessel or a "fleet" of vessels. This means a company can register all its boats for the flat rate of $50. Once completed, the Certificate of Registry is valid for five years from date of issue.

    Contact Information
    Completed forms, and payment, can be sent to:

      Vessel Registration
      Operations & Environmental Programs
      Marine Safety
      Safety and Security
      Transport Canada
      330 Sparks Street, 10th Floor
      Ottawa, ON
      K1A 0N8

      North American toll free no. 1-877-242-8770
      Telephone: 1-613-991-3150
      Fax: 1-613-998-0637

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