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.

Powered Vessel Operator's Permit

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

First-Time Applicants

If it is your first time applying for a Powered Vessel Operator’s Permit (or your permit has expired or been suspended) you will need to download an application and mail it along with your payment to the Permit Office OR drop it off in person.

If you are mailing your application, enclose a cheque or money order in the amount of $37.00 payable to the “Toronto Port Authority”. This fee covers the information materials for test preparation, testing, and a Powered Vessel Operator’s Permit valid for one calendar year ($30.00), plus $7.00 for postage and handling.

You will have to contact the Permit Office to schedule an appointment for testing.

Download the application form

Want to apply in person?

The Permit Office is located at:
Outer Harbour Marina
475 Unwin Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
M4M 3M2
Tel: 416-778-1230

From May to October: visit the Permit Office, Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

From November to April: contact the Office via e-mail at or at 416-778-1230.

Payment can be made with VISA, MasterCard, debit, cash or cheque.

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.

Do you have one?

A Power Vessel Operator’s Permit is required to operate a powered vessel in the Port and Harbour of Toronto.

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