Get Your Quebec boating license
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.
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.
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!
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!
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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How to get a boat license in Quebec
Do I need a Pleasure Craft License?
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
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
Quebec Boating Laws & Fines
Quebec’s laws for boating & alcohol
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
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.
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.
Can operate a boat or PWC without supervision or horsepower restrictions so long as they have proof of competency.
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
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!
St. Lawrence, QC
Ottawa River, QC
The Chaudiere-Appalaches Region, QC
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