ADVISORY: New and Existing Permit Holders

Please note that due to current restrictions on group gatherings, and in respect of physical distancing protocols, the process to obtain a new Powered Vessel Operator’s Permit will be completed by telephone until further notice.

  • For new permit applications, there will be a five minute discussion about the harbour and a required payment of $30.00 (VISA/Mastercard by telephone only). Applicants will be required to take the in-person test before they renew in 2022.
  • Those who obtained their permit over the telephone in 2020 can renew for 2021, however, these permit holders will be required to take the in-person test before they renew in 2022.
  • Permit holders seeking to renew can do so online by clicking here

For more information or assistance, please contact the Permit Office at 416-778-1230. Office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Permits and Authorizations

PortsToronto is responsible for the Port and Harbour of Toronto. PortsToronto is also responsible for facilitating the safe, shared use of the harbour and ensuring safe navigation.

As part of its stewardship of the harbour, PortsToronto issues Toronto Port Authority permits to boaters and provides authorizations for activities that occur in, on, over, under, through or across the waters in its jurisdiction.

Powered Vessel Operator's Permits

Recreational boaters operating a powered vessel within the Port and Harbour of Toronto must be in possession of BOTH a Powered Vessel Operator's Permit and a Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

Please visit the Powered Vessel Operator's Permit page for more information.

Harbour Master Authorizations

The Toronto Port Authority grants Harbour Master Authorizations to facilitate safe navigation and monitor construction and marine activities in and around the harbour. Under Sections 23, 25 and 27 and Schedule 1, Part 15 of the Port Authorities Operations Regulations of the Canada Marine Act, various activities in the Port and Harbour of Toronto are prohibited unless a Harbour Master Authorization is issued for the activity before it occurs, including:

  • Marine events
  • Construction
  • Diving
  • Filming

Please visit the Harbour Master Authorizations section and the Port Authorities Operations Regulations  for more information.

Boaters Notice

PortsToronto is responsible for keeping the Toronto Harbour safe and navigable. See Boater’s Notices about everything from swimming in the harbour to obtaining permission for a marine event.

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A Power Vessel Operator’s Permit is required to operate a powered vessel in the Port and Harbour of Toronto.

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