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The Official Online Transport Canada Boating Course, Test and License.

The Official Online Transport Canada Boating Course, Test and License.

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BOATsmart! is the easiest and fastest way to get your Quebec Boating License. We include everything you need.

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1. Take the course

Study up with the Official Boating Safety Course. Animated and narrated lessons put you in the captain’s seat. Anywhere, on any device and perfect for all ages.

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2. Ace the test

It’s easy. Our Transport Canada multiple-choice test is open book with unlimited free retries. Basically, you’re guaranteed to pass and it’s good for life!

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3. You’re the captain now

Print your temporary Quebec Boating License immediately and we’ll see you on the water. Your permanent card will arrive by mail – but that’s not important, you’ll be out on the boat!

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Who needs it?

Listen up! In Quebec, all operators of motorized boats are required to obtain and carry a Pleasure Craft Operators Card regardless of age, length of boat or engine horsepower. There’s a $250 fine for boating without it.

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We've been making smart boaters for more than 15 years. BOATsmart! is Canada's largest Transport Canada Accredited Course Provider. Your BOATsmart! Card is also accepted in more than 40 U.S. states. We’ve got you covered!

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Made for boaters, by boaters. The BOATsmart! Course is the fastest, easiest way to get your Official Canadian Boating License. Study at your own pace and we'll automatically track your progress. We include 24/7 access, live customer support and a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Plus, exclusive partner discounts.

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Boating in Quebec

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As Canada’s largest province, it’s no surprise that Québec is home to countless waterways that are perfect for boating and paddle trips, like the St. Lawrence River, Charlevoix Québec, Ungava Bay, and James Bay. Got a few beach lovers on board? Cruise them to Grand Lac Saint-Francois or Lac-Aux-Sables to feel the warm summer breeze with sand between your toes!

How to get a boat license in Quebec

A Pleasure Craft License or ‘boat license’ is a document and a set of I.D. numbers. The document must be on board your boat at all times and the numbers must be displayed on the bow of your boat at all times.
Do I need a Pleasure Craft License?
All motorized boats and PWCs in Quebec powered by 10 horsepower or more are required to have a Pleasure Craft License. The number must be displayed on both sides of the bow, above the waterline, as far forward as possible, in block letters at least 7.5cm high that contrast with the colour of the boat.

You can obtain a 10 year license for free from Service Canada. You must renew the license after the 10 year period has expired.

How to get a pleasure craft license
You can obtain a 10 year license for free one of the following two ways:

Option 1: Apply for a free Pleasure Craft License online.
Option 2: Download a paper application form and mail the completed form to the Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre at the following address:

Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre
P.O. Box 2006
Fredericton, New Brunswick
E3B 5G4

Quebec Boating Laws & Fines

Quebec’s laws for boating & alcohol
The fines and penalties for driving a boat while under the influence of alcohol in Québec are the same as those for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.

A boat operator’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level cannot exceed 80 mg. This is the legal alcohol limit in Québec.

There is NO difference between drunk driving & drunk boating.

Boaters in Québec are permitted to carry open alcohol on boats while the boat is underway. Even the boat operator may do so, as long as their BAC level does not exceed the legal limit of 80mg.

Contact the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) for more information about the laws for boating with alcohol in Québec.

Quebec’s Age & Horsepower Restrictions
12 years of age & under
Can operate a boat without supervision so long as the engine is not more than 10 horsepower and they have proof of competency. They are not allowed to operate a PWC under any conditions.
12-16 years of age
Can operate a boat without supervision as long as the engine is not more than 40 horsepower and they have proof of competency. They are not allowed to operate a PWC under any conditions.
16+ years of age
Can operate a boat or PWC without supervision or horsepower restrictions so long as they have proof of competency.


Failure to carry a Pleasure Craft Operator Card


Violation of age and horsepower restrictions


Insufficient number of Transport Canada approved lifejackets or PFDs (warning: the fine applies for EACH missing or improper lifejacket or PFD)


Operating a PWC under 16 years of age


Operating a vessel in an unsafe manner

Quebec Boating FAQs

What is a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)?


A Pleasure Craft Operator Card (also known as a PCOC or Québec Boating License) is proof that a boater has the proper training to operate a motorized pleasure craft on all Canadian waterways. Federal law states that all operators of motorized pleasure craft must have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC). Once obtained, your PCOC can not be suspended or revoked. Remember, it doesn’t cover you on the water unless you’re carrying it on board. We highly recommend keeping an extra card or two with you for on the boat, and in the boathouse – just in case!


Where in Québec am I NOT allowed to go boating?


Good question. Some of Canada’s Provincial Parks have restricted areas to protect certain waterways, including Québec’s Provincial Parks, which may not allow motorized boating activities on certain lakes. Get out there and explore but be sure to follow the rules and restrictions for the new waterways you come across on your Québec boating adventure!


What’s the difference between licensing a boat and getting my boating license?


This is a little confusing – here’s the deal: A Pleasure Craft License is a document you get when licensing your boat. It contains a unique ID number. This number must also be displayed on your boat for identification purposes. A boating license on the other hand, which is officially called a ‘Pleasure Craft Operator Card’ or ‘PCOC’ is the card or ‘license’ a boat operator receives for becoming certified. So basically, your boat needs to get licensed – and so do you!


How do I get a Boating License in Québec?


Start studying Canada’s Online Boating Course today and cruise through the Study Guide modules at your own pace. Once you pass the Transport Canada Boating Safety Test, print off your Temporary Card and get on the water right away!


Do I need boat insurance in Québec?


No, boat owners are not required to have boat insurance in QC. However, it is a smart idea to protect your boat and your boating experience.


Can I use my Québec Boating License to go boating in Canada's other provinces & territories?


Absolutely! Your Québec PCOC will allow you to legally operate a motorized boat in all of Canada’s provinces & territories and on any of Canada’s public waterways where motorized boating is permitted.


Who needs a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) in Québec?


A PCOC, or Canadian Boating License, is required to legally operate any boat powered with a motor in Canada. If you’ll be heading south to New York state, Vermont or even as far down as Florida to operate a boat in the United States, a boating license may be required, depending on which state you are visiting. Good news though – your Canadian boating license will be accepted in the U.S.


Will I receive a fine for not having a boating license in Québec?


Yes, there is a fine of $250 that you may receive if you’re caught operating a motorized boat without a boating license on Québec’s waters. Why take the risk? Get certified today for $49.95 and be covered for life.


Wondering who patrols Québec's waterways?


The law enforcement in Québec is the The Sûreté du Québec (SQ). You can expect to see these officers on the lakes and rivers in Québec.


Do I need a boating license to rent a boat in QUÉBEC?


When renting a boat, you can use your completed boat rental safety checklist as your proof of operator competency. However, it’s a super smart idea to get your official BOATsmart! Card as your proof of operator competency. A checklist won’t teach you how to respond if your pontoon boat runs aground or if a passenger falls overboard when you’re out fishing with your friends!

Go Boating in Quebec

As Canada’s largest province, it’s no surprise that Québec is home to countless waterways that are perfect for boating and paddle trips, like the St. Lawrence River, Charlevoix Québec, Ungava Bay, and James Bay. Got a few beach lovers on board? Cruise them to Grand Lac Saint-Francois or Lac-Aux-Sables to feel the warm summer breeze with sand between your toes!

Wherever you decide to go boating in Québec, you won’t be limited by boat launch locations, that’s for sure! Just check out all the available launch points here. Thinking about going fishing? You should be – the fishing is awesome in Québec! Just be sure to learn about how to get your Québec fishing license and get familiar with the rules and regulations in Québec’s 29 fishing zones before casting your line!

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Quebec’s top boating destinations!

Lac-Tremblant-Nord, QC
St. Lawrence, QC
Ottawa River, QC
Magog, QC
The Chaudiere-Appalaches Region, QC

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