Transport Canada works with boating safety organizations like the Canadian Power Squadron – CPS to offer free courtesy checks for pleasure crafts.

The safety equipment Canada requires you to carry on board is based on the type and length of your boat.  It must be on board, in good working order and always easy to reach so that it can be used in an emergency.

You require the following minimum safety equipment for an inspection:

Registration PCOC Certificate (Pleasure Craft Operator Card)

Life Jackets Buoyant Heaving Line, Flash Light waterproof Flares – yes the RCMP insist

Bailer Paddles, Anchor Sound Signalling Device, Fire Extinguisher(s) Compass

http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obs-menu-1362.htm

Recently, Discover Boating Canada launched a new Boating Safety App developed by CPS-ECP.

‘Discover Boating’ free App can be downloaded on the Apple App Store or get it on Google Play.