NMMA is pleased to learn that Bill S-233, initially introduced in the Senate by Conservative Senator Bob Runciman, has passed into Law in the House of Commons and is expected to receive Royal Assent and become law within the next week. The Bill will amend the Customs Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and ease the rules for foreign boaters crossing into Canada who do not intend to “land” or anchor in Canada.
Prior to this law change, boaters were required to report to Canada Border Services when they entered Canadian waters. Now boaters who cross into Canadian waters will be exempt from reporting to Canada Customs as long as they don’t drop anchor or arrive on shore.
NMMA has expressed our support to Senator Runciman and MP Gord Brown (Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes) who sponsored the Bill in the House of Commons, in writing earlier this year. It is a win for boating! NMMA congratulates both Senator Runciman and Gord Brown, MP on their success. To read the letter sent in support of the Bill please click here.