First Time Registration


SMALL VESSEL REGISTER

A Certificate of Registry (Small Vessel Register) is valid for five (5) years from the date of issue.

 

All non-pleasure vessels over 15 gross tons must be registered in the Canadian Register of Vessels except for current exemptions; refer to Voluntary Registration. The Small Vessel Register does not permit registration of mortgages, liens or vessel names.

 

Registration is a title system for vessel ownership. It is similar to land title registry.

 

Small commercial vessels that were licensed with Canada Customs prior to 1998 on behalf of Transport Canada must now be registered in the Small Vessel Register. Licences issued under this system will no longer be valid as of July 1st, 2012.

 

Vessels under construction: A vessel that is about to be built or that is under construction in Canada may be temporarily recorded in the Register as a vessel being built in Canada.

 

In Canada, any small non-pleasure vessel powered by an engine of 10 horsepower (7.5 kW) or more, or commercial river raft must be registered with Transport Canada’s Small Vessel Register (Commercial) or the Canadian Register of Vessels. Vessel owners who do not have a valid registration for their vessels can be subject to fines under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001.

 

REGISTRY FORMS:

 

First Time Registration Application: First Time Registration is for vessels that have never been registered in the Small Vessel Register (Commercial). If you have recently purchased a vessel that has already been registered, please proceed to the Transfer of Ownership Form to complete your Registry Application

 

Transfer of Ownership Application: Use this form if you are transferring ownership or shares of ownership of a vessel in the Small Vessel Register (Commercial). This includes transfers of ownership due to death or bankruptcy of an owner or joint owner.

 

Replacement Certificate: Use this form if your Certificate of Registry has been lost, mislaid mutilated or wrongfully withheld. A valid Certificate of Registry must be on board the vessel at all times

 

Deletion from Registry/Close Registry: Use this form to close the Registry of a vessel from the Small Vessel Register (Commercial). Examples of reasons to close a vessel’s registry include, but are not limited to: Vessel sold to foreign citizen, change in type of vessel (e.g. non-pleasure to pleasure), vessel is lost, wrecked or removed from service.

 

Change of Address: Use this form to notify Transport Canada about a change of address.

NOTE: If you do not contact us about a change of address, and your certificate of registry is returned by the postal authorities, your registration may be suspended or cancelled.

 

Registration Renewal: A Certificate of Registry (Small Vessel Register) is valid for five (5) years from the issue date. The Vessel Registration Office will notify the owner in writing 90 days prior to the expiry of the Certificate of Registry (Small Vessel Register). Please see Renewal of Registration for the online forms.

 

 

TRANSPORT CANADA SERVICE STANDARDS

SERVICE STANDARD:
(in working days)
2 DAYS 5 DAYS 10 DAYS 15 DAYS 30 DAYS
PERFORMANCE TARGET:
(achieved %)
95%

TRANSCRIPT:

  • uncertified & certified

Issuance of Provisional Certificate

95%

*New priority – June 2013

  • Registration of the Builder’s Certificate

MORTGAGES:

  • Transmission of mortgagee
  • Recording change to priorities of mortgages
  • Transfer – recorded builder’s mortgage and registered mortgage
  • Registration / Discharge of Mortgage/Assignment

Issuance of a Deletion Certificate

Replacement of a Certificate of Registry

BAREBOAT:

  • Registry of bare-boat charter.
  • Suspension of Canadian registration (Bare-Boat Charter)
  • Reinstatement of Canadian registration after suspension
95%

Temporary Recording of a vessel

70%

Transfer of Ownership

Amendment of Register or CoR

Amendment/ CoR due to Transfer of Port

Issuance of a CoR due to change of name of Vessel

70%

Initial registration

Re-registration

**Small Vessel Registry has a Service Standard of 45 days for their 1st Registration