ADVISORY: New and Existing Permit Holders

Updated May 25, 2022

The Permit Office has re-opened at the Outer Harbour Marina and testing will be resuming on May 26, 2022.

For new permit applicants, you can call the Permit Office to schedule a testing appointment.

Those who obtained their permits over the phone during 2020 and 2021, your Permit is good until Sept 1, 2022. However before you can renew your Permit, you are required to complete the in-person test. Therefore please call to schedule your testing appointment before Sept 1.

Testing appointments can be made by calling 416-778-1230 Monday-Friday from 8:00a.m. to 3:30p.m. Appointments are available on Thursdays til October. During the early part of the summer, Fridays and Saturdays are also available. Those testing on Saturdays must pay when scheduling their appointment.

The fee for new applicants is $30 which also includes your first year.

Those applicants from 2020 and 2021 completing their in-person test, you are just responsible for your annual renewal fee ($20 / year).

Once you have booked your testing appointment, you will be sent a confirmation email which will also include your study materials, the Transport Canada Safe Boating Guide and the Practises and Procedures of the Toronto Port Authority.

The in-person test is a 2 hour test

  • a 45 minute lecture
  • a short multi-choice question quiz
  • then a practical test where we provide a small Boston Whaler to ensure that you understand and can perform the man-overboard rescue situation.

The lecture and test will be based primarily on the lecture with materials from the Transport Canada Safe Boating Guide and the Practises and Procedures of the Toronto Port Authority.

Here are a number of things to remember please

  • in-person testing is held at the Outer Harbour Marina, 475 Unwin Ave (bottom of Leslie St)
  • the nearest TTC bus stop is a good 20-25 min walk to the Outer Harbour Marina
  • turn left just before the Security Gatehouse and park in one of the available spaces
  • the testing location is the office trailer on the left
  • in-person testing is rain or shine (if raining, bring a jacket)
  • you are required to wear a mask during the test
  • if you are feeling unwell, please stay home
  • please arrive 15 min early to check in (testing will start on time)
  • bring your PCOC (Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card)

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 416-863-2071
Write to:
Toronto Port Authority
207 Queens Quay, Suite 500
Toronto, Ont.
M5J 1A7

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.

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

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