Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS) has published a policy on the acceptance of ABYC standards as an approved alternative method for small vessel compliance in Canada. The policy is effective as of October 30, 2019.

“Having one set of standards throughout North America is a huge benefit for engineering, manufacturing and trade for the marine industry,” said Craig Scholten, ABYC technical vice president. “Being able to design, certify and produce product to one standard will streamline and simplify everyone’s efforts.”

TCMSS will accept the equivalent standards published by ABYC with some Canadian modifications. The policy affects pleasure craft less than 24m and other craft of not more than 15 gross tonnage constructed, manufactured or rebuilt in, or imported into Canada.

The details of the acceptance policy are available on Transport Canada’s website.

The non-profit American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has been developing safety standards for boat design, construction, equipage, repair and maintenance since 1954.