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Eight million Canadians boating illegally

Canadian boaters had until midnight Monday to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

More than 8 million Canadians missed the deadline and are now subject to a $250 fine. Enforcement agencies across Canada including Provincial Police, Conservation Officers and the RCMP will begin enforcing the federally mandated law.

Phased in during the last 10 years, the Canadian government originally introduced the law to establish a minimum level of competency among Canadian boaters. All operators of powered boats including personal watercraft, small fishing boats, cruisers and motorized sailing craft must obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card. There are no exemptions for age or size of boat.

Click here for a Telegraph Journal article that compares the pros and cons of the law.