*Operators of Powered Pleasure Craft in Canada take Note, You must have a Pleasure Craft Operators, Proof of Competency.

Date at which proof of competency is required

How this applies to operators** of pleasure craft fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes

Date at which proof of competency required on board

All operators born after April 1, 1983

September 15, 1999

All operators of craft under 4 m in length, including personal watercraft

September 15, 2002

All operators

September 15, 2009

* These requirements apply in areas outside the Northwest and Nunavut Territories at this time.

** Applies to non-residents of Canada and whose pleasure craft is in Canada more than 45 consecutive days. Operator card or equivalent issued to a non-resident by their state or country will be considered as proof of competency.

Tip: Certificates for boating safety courses completed before April 1, 1999 will be recognized. If you've already taken a course prior to these regulations - and have proof - then that course certificate or card will be accepted as proof of competency!

Proof of competency can take 1 of 3 forms:

  • proof of having successfully completed a boating safety course in Canada prior to April 1, 1999;
  • a pleasure craft operator card issued following the successful completion of a Canadian Coast Guard accredited test;
  • a completed rental-boat safety checklist (for power-driven rental boats).

The operator card is good-for-life.

First aid program

Program overview

All employers who are subject to the Occupational Health and Safety Act must comply with Regulation 1101 under Section 3 of the Workplace Safety & Insurance Act. The specific obligations that apply to your business are described in detail in the brochure, First Aid Requirements (Regulation 1101) (250.2kb, PDF).

In summary, regulations dictate that:

·         The expense of first aid equipment and services will be carried by the employer

·         First aid equipment must be inspected regularly and accurate records of these inspections must be kept

·         First aid stations must be easily accessible and be supervised by workers who:

§  have valid first aid certificates from a WSIB-recognized training organization

§  work in the immediate vicinity of the stations

·         Employers must post all required first aid information where it can be seen clearly

·         Employers must keep detailed records of all accidents and first aid treatment given

First aid kits

You may assemble your own first aid kit for your workplace, using Regulation 1101 (250.2kb, PDF) as a guide. You may also purchase ready-made first aid kits from the supplier of your choice. The WSIB does not endorse any particular first aid kit vendor.

First aid training for workers

You can obtain first aid training for your workers by contacting the training organization of your choice. See a list of approved first aid trainers.

These first aid training providers offer first aid programs that have met our equivalency criteria (133k, pdf).

For more information, call 1-800-663-6639 or 416-344-1016 or email: prevention@wsib.on.ca.

 Marine First Aid

The following is the official Transport Canada Regulations on Marine First Aid


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