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Federal Laws of Canada Govern Boating

The federal Canada Shipping Act 2001, along with its regulations, governs pleasure craft. 

Canada's Criminal Code also applies to boating. Activities such as operating a boat while impaired, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and operating an unseaworthy boat are crimes.

Results of Recent Muskoka-wide Surveys

MLA's partner organization Safe Quiet Lakes (SQL) has conducted comprehensive surveys across Muskoka in 2013, 2017 and 2021 that reveal a downward trend in the quality of the lake experience among respondents and a significant increase in the desire for regulation and enforcement. View SQL's 2021 survey results.

Provide Input Into Canada's Boating Laws and Regulation

Volunteers of the Muskoka Lakes Association monitor and periodically comment on developments regarding boating laws and regulations. 

To express your views, contact your Member of Parliament (federal) and the Transport Canada Office of Boating Safety. 

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