Paddle Canada have provided a summary of how the small vessel regulations affect event leaders, as outlined below. The full Paddle Canada article can be found here.
In April 2010, Transport Canada changed the Small Vessel Regulations in ways that significantly impacted many instructors, guides, trip leaders, clubs, volunteer leaders and municipalities in Canada.
The biggest change pertains to guided excursions for paddle craft. To Transport Canada, a guide is any paid or unpaid leader of a group of people on the water. The new Small Vessel Regulations states: "a guided excursion means a non-competitive outdoor recreational activity or excursion led by a person in charge of the activity or excursion during which the participants use a human-powered vessel." If you are leading or guiding a trip, teaching a course, or on the water in any type of leadership position (volunteer or paid) you are now classified as being on a guided excursion and thus fall under the new regulations.
A guide, as defined in the regulations, includes instructors, guides, teachers, paddling club volunteers, Boy Scout leaders, Girl Guide leaders, church group leaders, camp staff, outfitters, or any commercial or non-profit organized group on the water. You are not classified as being on a guided excursion if you are on the water with family or close friends where you are not looked upon as the leader, guide or instructor. Please contact Transport Canada directly with any specific questions.
Transport Canada is responsible for transportation policies and programs. It promotes safe, secure, efficient and environmentally-responsible transportation. Transport Canada reports to Parliament and Canadians through the Minister of Transport.
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