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.

Renewing your Permit

If you already have a Powered Vessel Operator’s Permit you can renew it online. Your Permit can be renewed for one or two years at a time.

Our online payment system is available for the following transactions:

  • Lookup the status of your Powered Vessel Operator’s Permit and fees owing (if any)
  • Review and update your customer information record
  • Pay for your permit renewal (Visa or MasterCard)

Information about permit renewals and fees

The renewal fee for a Powered Vessel Operator’s Permit is $20 per year. For additional fee information please see click here

Questions or comments on this fee structure should be directed to the Toronto Port Authority at 416-778-1230 or by e-mail

Payment Options


VISA, Mastercard, Debit

  • Personal cheque: In-person or by mail
  • Cash: In-person only. Please do not send cash by mail.

Contact Information

E-mail: Permit Office

Telephone: 416-778-1230

From May to October you can visit the Permit Office located at the Outer Harbour Marina at 475 Unwin Ave., Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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

Mailing Address:
Permit Office
Toronto Port Authority
475 Unwin Ave
Toronto ON
M4M 3M2

Our data security practices

The online payment section of this website was designed and built to ensure the security of your personal information.

  • Data stored by the Toronto Port Authority is held on a secure server behind a firewall
  • Credit card information is NOT stored on TPA computer systems
  • Credit card information is transmitted directly to the bank's secure server
  • All Internet traffic encrypted via a high-security 256-bit SSL connection
  • Our digital encryption certificate is issued by VeriSign


Your right to privacy is very important to us. Our information storage and handling in our system conforms to the Privacy Act which mandates that:

  • Your personal information is not accessible to the public
  • The information in this system will be used for its intended purpose only

Our statement outlining our conformance with the Privacy Act

The Government of Canada and the Toronto Port Authority are committed to providing visitors with web sites that respect their privacy. This page summarizes the privacy policy and practices in effect on the Toronto Port Authority web site.

The Toronto Port Authority web site does not automatically gather any specific personal information from you, such as your name, phone number or e-mail address. We would only obtain this type of information if you supply it by sending us an e-mail or registering in a secure portion of the site.

Any personal information held or collected by the Toronto Port Authority is protected under the federal Privacy Act. This means that at any point of collection you will be asked for consent to collect your information, and you will be informed of the purpose for which it is being collected and how to exercise your right of access to that information.

The Toronto Port Authority employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. This software receives and records the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer that has contacted our web site, the date and time of the visit and the pages visited. We make no attempt to link these addresses with the identity of individuals visiting our site unless an attempt to damage the site has been detected.

The Toronto Port Authority does not currently use "cookies" to track how our visitors use this site or to determine sites previously visited. You will be notified before any cookies are used.

Information gathered from users of this web site is only used by Toronto Port Authority employees who need it to respond to your request and to ensure the security of this system. We do not disclose this information with any other government agencies unless it is required to respond to your request.

The Toronto Port Authority is not a participant in the Government of Canada Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) at this time. The goal of the PKI is to provide a method of secure communications for confidential electronic correspondence with government offices and agencies. You may find additional information on the PKI and how it can be applied here.

Questions or comments regarding this policy, or the administration of the Privacy Act in the Toronto Port Authority may be directed to the ATIP Coordinator using the following methods:

Call 416-778-1230
Write to:
Toronto Port Authority
60 Harbour Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5J 1B7

If you are not satisfied with our response to your privacy concern, you may wish to contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

Technical Notes

You must have 256 bit encryption installed on your computer to access our secure web service. If you receive an error message indicating that your security encryption level is too low, please upgrade your security.

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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