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.


Recreational boat operators with engine-powered vessels (whether the engine is the main power or only auxiliary) are required to possess a Powered Vessel Operator’s Permit from the Toronto Port Authority to navigate in the waters of the Port and Harbour of Toronto.

To ensure timely processing of your application please pay the correct fee at the time of application/renewal.

Type Fee
First time applicant (application in person) $30.00
First time applicant (application by mail) $37.00
Visitor's Permit (valid for 14 consecutive days) $20.00
Temporary Permit extension (30 day extension) $5.00
Powered Vessel Operator’s Permit (Renewal) $20.00 per year
(applicable to expired licenses and first time applicant test re-sits)
$25.00 per sitting

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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