Does my Canadian Boating Licence Expire?

By Jessica King

Mar 29, 2023

If you enjoy boating in Canada, you’re likely aware of the requirement to have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) to legally operate a powered recreational vessel. But, if you’re wondering whether your Canadian boating licence expires, the answer is no.

The PCOC is a certification that proves you have completed an accredited boating safety course and have passed the accompanying exam. Once you’ve obtained your PCOC, it is valid for life.

However, it’s worth noting that while your PCOC may not expire, your boating knowledge may become outdated over time. It’s always a good idea to refresh your boating safety knowledge regularly by taking a refresher course or reviewing boating safety materials.

Furthermore, some boating activities may require additional certification beyond the PCOC. For example, if you plan to operate a vessel for commercial purposes or take paying passengers on your boat, you may need to obtain a Transport Canada Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) certification.

In summary, your Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) does not expire and is valid for life. However, it’s essential to regularly refresh your boating safety knowledge and ensure you have any necessary additional certifications for specific boating activities.

Happy and Safe Boating!