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YES. Proof of competency is required by law as of Sept 2009. A Pleasure Craft Operator Card is the required proof.
Proof of competency is required if you fall into one of two categories:
In Canada the Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations require operators of pleasure craft fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes to have proof of competency on board at all times. This is refered to as a Pleasure Craft Operators Card.
Proof of competency can take 1 of 3 forms:
The operator card is good-for-life.
* These requirements apply in areas outside the Northwest and Nunavut Territories at this time.
** Applies to non-residents operating their pleasure craft in Canadian waters after 44 consecutive days. Operator card or equivalent issued to a non-resident by their state or country will be considered as proof of competency.