Vessel registration is different from licensing. Vessel registration is the title of ownership of a boat, which includes the official vessel name and the name of the owner(s). Registration of a Pleasure Craft is voluntary.

When a boat is registered, it is given a unique name and registration number. The name and port of registry of the vessel must be displayed on the stern of the vessel.

Registration benefits include :
  • Proof of ownership (legal title) for your boat;
  • The right to fly the Canadian flag;
  • A unique name and official number for your boat; and
  • The right to use your boat as security for a marine mortgage.

For more information, please visit the Transport Canada’s Vessel Registry website.