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Did you know that long term studies by the Lifesaving Society of Canada have shown that in approximately 40% of boating-related fatalities, operator impairment has been a contributing factor? And many people may not be aware that there are environmental stressors that can have an effect on them when they are on the water. These stressors include the rocking motion of the boat, waves, sun, wind, noise, and vibration. These stressors can intensify the effects of alcohol or drugs, making drinking or smoking while boating even more dangerous than drinking or smoking and driving. And while an adult may not be the operator of a boat, they still need to remember that “having a few drinks or taking drugs” while out on the water, by extension, may lead to being impaired while driving home.

Operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is treated just the same as operating a vehicle while under the influence. This is a chargeable offence under the Criminal Code of Canada.


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DRINKING AND BOATING IN ALBERTA

It is not legal to consume alcohol or cannabis on or before you are going out on this type of vessel.
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
In Alberta, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are determined by the level of alcohol/THC found in your blood:

BAC 0.05 to 0.08:
  • 1stoffence: Minimum $1,000 fine, immediate 3-day license suspension and 3-day vehicle seizure
  • 2ndoffence: Minimum $1,000 fine, immediate 15-day license suspension and 7-day vehicle seizure, must complete the Government of Alberta’s Planning Ahead course at a cost of $275
  • 3rdoffence: Minimum $1,000 fine, immediate 30-day license suspension and 7-day vehicle seizure, must complete the Government of Alberta’s Impact course at a cost of $800
BAC 0.08 and over:
  • 1stoffence: Minimum $1,000 fine, sustained license suspension, 3-day vehicle seizure, must complete the Government of Alberta’s Planning Ahead course at a cost of $275
  • 2ndoffence: Minimum $1,000 fine, sustained license suspension, 7-day vehicle seizure, must complete the Government of Alberta’s Impact course at a cost of $800
  • 3rdoffence: Minimum $1,000 fine, sustained license suspension, 7-day vehicle seizure, must complete the Government of Alberta’s Impact course at a cost of $800
THC 2ng-4.9ng:
  • Minimum fine of $1000 per offence
THC over 5ng or combination 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail
Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
Vessel operators as well as passengers may legally consume alcohol or cannabis on-board this type of vessel if it is equipped with:  
  • Permanent cooking facilities.
  • Permanent sleeping facilities.
  • Permanent head (toilet); and
  • The boat is at anchor, secured alongside a dock or beached
  The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the boat operator, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your boat meets these requirements. Before anyone opens any beer or liquor or consumes cannabis. Additionally, it’s your responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.    
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Alberta, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are determined by the level of alcohol/THC found in your blood:

  BAC 0.05 to 0.08:
  • 1stoffence: Minimum $1,000 fine, immediate 3-day license suspension and 3-day vehicle seizure
  • 2ndoffence: Minimum $1,000 fine, immediate 15-day license suspension and 7-day vehicle seizure, must complete the Government of Alberta’s Planning Ahead course at a cost of $275
  • 3rdoffence: Minimum $1,000 fine, immediate 30-day license suspension and 7-day vehicle seizure, must complete the Government of Alberta’s Impact course at a cost of $800
  BAC 0.08 and over:
  • 1stoffence: Minimum $1,000 fine, sustained license suspension, 3-day vehicle seizure, must complete the Government of Alberta’s Planning Ahead course at a cost of $275
  • 2ndoffence: Minimum $1,000 fine, sustained license suspension, 7-day vehicle seizure, must complete the Government of Alberta’s Impact course at a cost of $800
  • 3rdoffence: Minimum $1,000 fine, sustained license suspension, 7-day vehicle seizure, must complete the Government of Alberta’s Impact course at a cost of $800
  THC 2ng-4.9ng:
  • Minimum fine of $1000 per offence
  THC over 5ng or combination 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
It is not legal to consume alcohol or cannabis on or before you are going out on this type of vessel.
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
In Alberta, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are determined by the level of alcohol/THC found in your blood:

BAC 0.05 to 0.08:
  • 1st offence: Minimum $1,000 fine, immediate 3-day license suspension and 3-day vehicle seizure
  • 2nd offence: Minimum $1,000 fine, immediate 15-day license suspension and 7-day vehicle seizure, must complete the Government of Alberta’s Planning Ahead course at a cost of $275
  • 3rd offence: Minimum $1,000 fine, immediate 30-day license suspension and 7-day vehicle seizure, must complete the Government of Alberta’s Impact course at a cost of $800
BAC 0.08 and over:
  • 1st offence: Minimum $1,000 fine, sustained license suspension, 3-day vehicle seizure, must complete the Government of Alberta’s Planning Ahead course at a cost of $275
  • 2nd offence: Minimum $1,000 fine, sustained license suspension, 7-day vehicle seizure, must complete the Government of Alberta’s Impact course at a cost of $800
  • 3rd offence: Minimum $1,000 fine, sustained license suspension, 7-day vehicle seizure, must complete the Government of Alberta’s Impact course at a cost of $800
THC 2ng-4.9ng:
  • Minimum fine of $1000 per offence
THC over 5ng or combination 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail
Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
Vessel operators as well as passengers may legally consume alcohol or cannabis on-board this type of vessel if it is equipped with:  
  • Permanent cooking facilities.
  • Permanent sleeping facilities.
  • Permanent head (toilet); and
  • The boat is at anchor, secured alongside a dock or beached
  The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the boat operator, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your boat meets these requirements. Before anyone opens any beer or liquor or consumes cannabis. Additionally, it’s your responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.    
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Alberta, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are determined by the level of alcohol/THC found in your blood:

  BAC 0.05 to 0.08:
  • 1st offence: Minimum $1,000 fine, immediate 3-day license suspension and 3-day vehicle seizure
  • 2nd offence: Minimum $1,000 fine, immediate 15-day license suspension and 7-day vehicle seizure, must complete the Government of Alberta’s Planning Ahead course at a cost of $275
  • 3rd offence: Minimum $1,000 fine, immediate 30-day license suspension and 7-day vehicle seizure, must complete the Government of Alberta’s Impact course at a cost of $800
  BAC 0.08 and over:
  • 1st offence: Minimum $1,000 fine, sustained license suspension, 3-day vehicle seizure, must complete the Government of Alberta’s Planning Ahead course at a cost of $275
  • 2nd offence: Minimum $1,000 fine, sustained license suspension, 7-day vehicle seizure, must complete the Government of Alberta’s Impact course at a cost of $800
  • 3rd offence: Minimum $1,000 fine, sustained license suspension, 7-day vehicle seizure, must complete the Government of Alberta’s Impact course at a cost of $800
  THC 2ng-4.9ng:
  • Minimum fine of $1000 per offence
  THC over 5ng or combination 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.

DRINKING AND BOATING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

It is not legal to consume alcohol or cannabis on or before you are going out on this type of vessel.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In British Columbia, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail
  You can also face additional consequences and charges:
  • Driving prohibition of 1, 2 or 3 years can be imposed – can be increased to a lifetime prohibition for repeat offenders
  • Consume or possess liquor in a public place $230
  • Intoxicated in a public place $115
  • Consume cannabis while operating vehicle or boat ($575)
  • Consume cannabis in vehicle or boat operated by another person ($230)
  • Operate vehicle or boat knowing that another person is smoking or vaping cannabis in it ($230)
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
Vessel operators as well as passengers may legally consume alcohol or cannabis on-board this type of vessel if it is equipped with:  
  • Permanent cooking facilities.
  • Permanent sleeping facilities.
  • Permanent head (toilet); and
  • The boat is at anchor, secured alongside a dock or beached
  The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the boat operator, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your boat meets these requirements. Before anyone opens any beer or liquor or consumes cannabis. Additionally, it’s your responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In British Columbia, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail
  You can also face additional consequences and charges:
  • Driving prohibition of 1, 2 or 3 years can be imposed – can be increased to a lifetime prohibition for repeat offenders
  • Consume or possess liquor in a public place $230
  • Intoxicated in a public place $115
  • Consume cannabis while operating vehicle or boat ($575)
  • Consume cannabis in vehicle or boat operated by another person ($230)
  • Operate vehicle or boat knowing that another person is smoking or vaping cannabis in it ($230)
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
It is not legal to consume alcohol or cannabis on or before you are going out on this type of vessel.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In British Columbia, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail
  You can also face additional consequences and charges:
  • Driving prohibition of 1, 2 or 3 years can be imposed – can be increased to a lifetime prohibition for repeat offenders
  • Consume or possess liquor in a public place $230
  • Intoxicated in a public place $115
  • Consume cannabis while operating vehicle or boat ($575)
  • Consume cannabis in vehicle or boat operated by another person ($230)
  • Operate vehicle or boat knowing that another person is smoking or vaping cannabis in it ($230)
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
Vessel operators as well as passengers may legally consume alcohol or cannabis on-board this type of vessel if it is equipped with:  
  • Permanent cooking facilities.
  • Permanent sleeping facilities.
  • Permanent head (toilet); and
  • The boat is at anchor, secured alongside a dock or beached
  The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the boat operator, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your boat meets these requirements. Before anyone opens any beer or liquor or consumes cannabis. Additionally, it’s your responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In British Columbia, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail
  You can also face additional consequences and charges:
  • Driving prohibition of 1, 2 or 3 years can be imposed – can be increased to a lifetime prohibition for repeat offenders
  • Consume or possess liquor in a public place $230
  • Intoxicated in a public place $115
  • Consume cannabis while operating vehicle or boat ($575)
  • Consume cannabis in vehicle or boat operated by another person ($230)
  • Operate vehicle or boat knowing that another person is smoking or vaping cannabis in it ($230)
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.

DRINKING AND BOATING IN MANITOBA

It is not legal to consume alcohol or cannabis on or before you are going out on this type of vessel.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Manitoba, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are: BAC between .05 and .08 or fail a physical coordination test:
  • 1st offence - immediate 3-day driver’s licence suspension. The driver’s licence suspension will be 7 days if there is a passenger under the age of 16 in the vehicle at the time of the incident
  • 2nd offence within 10 years - immediate 15-day driver’s licence suspension
  • 3rd offence within 10 years - immediate 30-day driver’s licence suspension
  • Four or more times within 10 years results in an immediate 60-day driver’s licence suspension
  BAC over 0.08:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000, three-month licence suspension, minimum 30-day vehicle impoundment
  • You are subject to a $50 licence reinstatement charge
  • If you receive one or more 3-month suspensions or a combination of any two suspensions in a ten-year period, you will be required to attend a mandatory impaired driver's assessment at your own expense. The assessment is conducted by the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM), and the cost is $625.
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail, plus consequences included in the first offence
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail, plus consequences included in the first offence
  If you are too impaired to perform a physical coordination test or to comply with a demand to supply a breath or blood sample, your motor vehicle driver’s licence will be immediately suspended for 24 hours.   Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.  
Vessel operators as well as passengers may legally consume alcohol or cannabis on-board this type of vessel if it is equipped with:  
  • Permanent cooking facilities.
  • Permanent sleeping facilities.
  • Permanent head (toilet); and
  • The boat is at anchor, secured alongside a dock or beached
  The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the boat operator, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your boat meets these requirements. Before anyone opens any beer or liquor or consumes cannabis. Additionally, it’s your responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Manitoba, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are: BAC between .05 and .08 or fail a physical coordination test:
  • 1st offence - immediate 3-day driver’s licence suspension. The driver’s licence suspension will be 7 days if there is a passenger under the age of 16 in the vehicle at the time of the incident
  • 2nd offence within 10 years - immediate 15-day driver’s licence suspension
  • 3rd offence within 10 years - immediate 30-day driver’s licence suspension
  • Four or more times within 10 years results in an immediate 60-day driver’s licence suspension
  BAC over 0.08:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000, three-month licence suspension, minimum 30-day vehicle impoundment
  • You are subject to a $50 licence reinstatement charge
  • If you receive one or more 3-month suspensions or a combination of any two suspensions in a ten-year period, you will be required to attend a mandatory impaired driver's assessment at your own expense. The assessment is conducted by the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM), and the cost is $625.
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail, plus consequences included in the first offence
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail, plus consequences included in the first offence
  If you are too impaired to perform a physical coordination test or to comply with a demand to supply a breath or blood sample, your motor vehicle driver’s licence will be immediately suspended for 24 hours.   Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.  
It is not legal to consume alcohol or cannabis on or before you are going out on this type of vessel.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Manitoba, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are: BAC between .05 and .08 or fail a physical coordination test:
  • 1st offence - immediate 3-day driver’s licence suspension. The driver’s licence suspension will be 7 days if there is a passenger under the age of 16 in the vehicle at the time of the incident
  • 2nd offence within 10 years - immediate 15-day driver’s licence suspension
  • 3rd offence within 10 years - immediate 30-day driver’s licence suspension
  • Four or more times within 10 years results in an immediate 60-day driver’s licence suspension
  BAC over 0.08:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000, three-month licence suspension, minimum 30-day vehicle impoundment
  • You are subject to a $50 licence reinstatement charge
  • If you receive one or more 3-month suspensions or a combination of any two suspensions in a ten-year period, you will be required to attend a mandatory impaired driver's assessment at your own expense. The assessment is conducted by the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM), and the cost is $625.
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail, plus consequences included in the first offence
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail, plus consequences included in the first offence
  If you are too impaired to perform a physical coordination test or to comply with a demand to supply a breath or blood sample, your motor vehicle driver’s licence will be immediately suspended for 24 hours.   Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.  
Vessel operators as well as passengers may legally consume alcohol or cannabis on-board this type of vessel if it is equipped with:  
  • Permanent cooking facilities.
  • Permanent sleeping facilities.
  • Permanent head (toilet); and
  • The boat is at anchor, secured alongside a dock or beached
  The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the boat operator, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your boat meets these requirements. Before anyone opens any beer or liquor or consumes cannabis. Additionally, it’s your responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Manitoba, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are: BAC between .05 and .08 or fail a physical coordination test:
  • 1st offence - immediate 3-day driver’s licence suspension. The driver’s licence suspension will be 7 days if there is a passenger under the age of 16 in the vehicle at the time of the incident
  • 2nd offence within 10 years - immediate 15-day driver’s licence suspension
  • 3rd offence within 10 years - immediate 30-day driver’s licence suspension
  • Four or more times within 10 years results in an immediate 60-day driver’s licence suspension
  BAC over 0.08:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000, three-month licence suspension, minimum 30-day vehicle impoundment
  • You are subject to a $50 licence reinstatement charge
  • If you receive one or more 3-month suspensions or a combination of any two suspensions in a ten-year period, you will be required to attend a mandatory impaired driver's assessment at your own expense. The assessment is conducted by the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM), and the cost is $625.
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail, plus consequences included in the first offence
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail, plus consequences included in the first offence
  If you are too impaired to perform a physical coordination test or to comply with a demand to supply a breath or blood sample, your motor vehicle driver’s licence will be immediately suspended for 24 hours.   Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.  

DRINKING AND BOATING IN NEW BRUNSWICK

It is not legal to consume alcohol or cannabis on or before you are going out on this type of vessel.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In New Brunswick, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:

For a driver with a BAC level within the warning range of 0.05 and 0.08:
  • first offence within the last five years: seven-day suspension of licence, 3 day discretionary vehicle impoundment
  • second offence within the last five years: 15-day suspension of licence, 7 day discretionary vehicle impoundment
  • third or more offence within the last five years: 30-day suspension,7 day mandatory vehicle impoundment, an increased licence re-instatement fee of $230, and participation in a drinking driver education course. The driver will also be eligible for the voluntary interlock program.
  For a driver caught with a BAC level of over 0.08:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000, impoundment of vehicle for 30 days mandatory (within 10 years)
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail, impoundment of vehicle for 60 days mandatory (within 10 years)
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail, impoundment of vehicle for 60 days mandatory (within 10 years)
  • There is a mandatory seven-day vehicle impoundment period for novice drivers who violate the zero-tolerance rule.
  • You have been convicted of impaired driving or refusing a breathalyser demand; you will be required to participate in the Ignition Interlock program
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
Vessel operators as well as passengers may legally consume alcohol or cannabis on-board this type of vessel if it is equipped with:  
  • Permanent cooking facilities.
  • Permanent sleeping facilities.
  • Permanent head (toilet); and
  • The boat is at anchor, secured alongside a dock or beached
  The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the boat operator, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your boat meets these requirements. Before anyone opens any beer or liquor or consumes cannabis. Additionally, it’s your responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In New Brunswick, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:

For a driver with a BAC level within the warning range of 0.05 and 0.08:
  • first offence within the last five years: seven-day suspension of licence, 3 day discretionary vehicle impoundment
  • second offence within the last five years: 15-day suspension of licence, 7 day discretionary vehicle impoundment
  • third or more offence within the last five years: 30-day suspension,7 day mandatory vehicle impoundment, an increased licence re-instatement fee of $230, and participation in a drinking driver education course. The driver will also be eligible for the voluntary interlock program.
 

For a driver caught with a BAC level of over 0.08:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000, impoundment of vehicle for 30 days mandatory (within 10 years)
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail, impoundment of vehicle for 60 days mandatory (within 10 years)
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail, impoundment of vehicle for 60 days mandatory (within 10 years)
  • There is a mandatory seven-day vehicle impoundment period for novice drivers who violate the zero-tolerance rule.
  • You have been convicted of impaired driving or refusing a breathalyser demand; you will be required to participate in the Ignition Interlock program
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
It is not legal to consume alcohol or cannabis on or before you are going out on this type of vessel.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In New Brunswick, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:

For a driver with a BAC level within the warning range of 0.05 and 0.08:
  • first offence within the last five years: seven-day suspension of licence, 3 day discretionary vehicle impoundment
  • second offence within the last five years: 15-day suspension of licence, 7 day discretionary vehicle impoundment
  • third or more offence within the last five years: 30-day suspension,7 day mandatory vehicle impoundment, an increased licence re-instatement fee of $230, and participation in a drinking driver education course. The driver will also be eligible for the voluntary interlock program.
  For a driver caught with a BAC level of over 0.08:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000, impoundment of vehicle for 30 days mandatory (within 10 years)
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail, impoundment of vehicle for 60 days mandatory (within 10 years)
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail, impoundment of vehicle for 60 days mandatory (within 10 years)
  • There is a mandatory seven-day vehicle impoundment period for novice drivers who violate the zero-tolerance rule.
  • You have been convicted of impaired driving or refusing a breathalyser demand; you will be required to participate in the Ignition Interlock program
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
Vessel operators as well as passengers may legally consume alcohol or cannabis on-board this type of vessel if it is equipped with:  
  • Permanent cooking facilities.
  • Permanent sleeping facilities.
  • Permanent head (toilet); and
  • The boat is at anchor, secured alongside a dock or beached
  The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the boat operator, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your boat meets these requirements. Before anyone opens any beer or liquor or consumes cannabis. Additionally, it’s your responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In New Brunswick, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:

For a driver with a BAC level within the warning range of 0.05 and 0.08:
  • first offence within the last five years: seven-day suspension of licence, 3 day discretionary vehicle impoundment
  • second offence within the last five years: 15-day suspension of licence, 7 day discretionary vehicle impoundment
  • third or more offence within the last five years: 30-day suspension,7 day mandatory vehicle impoundment, an increased licence re-instatement fee of $230, and participation in a drinking driver education course. The driver will also be eligible for the voluntary interlock program.
  For a driver caught with a BAC level of over 0.08:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000, impoundment of vehicle for 30 days mandatory (within 10 years)
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail, impoundment of vehicle for 60 days mandatory (within 10 years)
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail, impoundment of vehicle for 60 days mandatory (within 10 years)
  • There is a mandatory seven-day vehicle impoundment period for novice drivers who violate the zero-tolerance rule.
  • You have been convicted of impaired driving or refusing a breathalyser demand; you will be required to participate in the Ignition Interlock program
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.

DRINKING AND BOATING IN NEWFOUNDLAND

It is not legal to consume alcohol or cannabis on or before you are going out on this type of vessel.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Newfoundland, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:

BAC 0.05-0.08:
  • First and second offence: 24-hour license suspension
  • Third offence: two-month license suspension
  • Fourth offence: four-month license suspension
  • Fifth or greater offence: six-month license suspension
  • Violation of the suspension will result in criminal charges and 30 day vehicle impoundment
BAC 0.08 and above:
  • 24-hour license suspension
  • An addition 90-day license suspension beginning 14 days after arrest
If convicted with the criminal offence of driving while impaired in Newfoundland, the following applies:
  • First offence: prohibition from driving for one full year, minimum $600 fine, mandatory Think First alcohol education program $160 per program
  • Second offence: prohibition from driving for three full years, minimum 14 days jail time, mandatory alcohol and drug dependency screening
  • Third offence: minimum 10-year driving prohibition, minimum 90 days imprisonment, mandatory alcohol and drug dependency screening
  Newfoundland allows those who have had their licenses suspended an opportunity to start driving again sooner by enrolling in the ignition interlock program. Enrollees must have a breath-sample device installed in the interior of their vehicle. The driver must blow into the tube and register a BAC of 0.00 before the engine will start. Tampering with the device can lead to a fine of up to $20,000. To enroll in the program, applicants must front the cost of installing and removing the device in addition to paying a monthly monitoring fee. Persons who pursue this option must use ignition interlock for the following durations:
  • First offence: 9 months
  • Second or greater offence: 30 months
  Graduated Drivers License program:
  • Zero tolerance
  • First offence: two month license suspension
  • Second offence: four month license suspension, mandatory Think First alcohol education program at $160
  • Third offence: six month license suspension, mandatory assessment for alcohol or drug dependency
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
Vessel operators as well as passengers may legally consume alcohol or cannabis on-board this type of vessel if it is equipped with:  
  • Permanent cooking facilities.
  • Permanent sleeping facilities.
  • Permanent head (toilet); and
  • The boat is at anchor, secured alongside a dock or beached
  The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the boat operator, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your boat meets these requirements. Before anyone opens any beer or liquor or consumes cannabis. Additionally, it’s your responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Newfoundland, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:

BAC 0.05-0.08:
  • First and second offence: 24-hour license suspension
  • Third offence: two-month license suspension
  • Fourth offence: four-month license suspension
  • Fifth or greater offence: six-month license suspension
  • Violation of the suspension will result in criminal charges and 30 day vehicle impoundment
BAC 0.08 and above:
  • 24-hour license suspension
  • An addition 90-day license suspension beginning 14 days after arrest
If convicted with the criminal offence of driving while impaired in Newfoundland, the following applies:
  • First offence: prohibition from driving for one full year, minimum $600 fine, mandatory Think First alcohol education program $160 per program
  • Second offence: prohibition from driving for three full years, minimum 14 days jail time, mandatory alcohol and drug dependency screening
  • Third offence: minimum 10-year driving prohibition, minimum 90 days imprisonment, mandatory alcohol and drug dependency screening
  Newfoundland allows those who have had their licenses suspended an opportunity to start driving again sooner by enrolling in the ignition interlock program. Enrollees must have a breath-sample device installed in the interior of their vehicle. The driver must blow into the tube and register a BAC of 0.00 before the engine will start. Tampering with the device can lead to a fine of up to $20,000. To enroll in the program, applicants must front the cost of installing and removing the device in addition to paying a monthly monitoring fee. Persons who pursue this option must use ignition interlock for the following durations:
  • First offence: 9 months
  • Second or greater offence: 30 months
  Graduated Drivers License program:
  • Zero tolerance
  • First offence: two month license suspension
  • Second offence: four month license suspension, mandatory Think First alcohol education program at $160
  • Third offence: six month license suspension, mandatory assessment for alcohol or drug dependency
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
It is not legal to consume alcohol or cannabis on or before you are going out on this type of vessel.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Newfoundland, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:

BAC 0.05-0.08:
  • First and second offence: 24-hour license suspension
  • Third offence: two-month license suspension
  • Fourth offence: four-month license suspension
  • Fifth or greater offence: six-month license suspension
  • Violation of the suspension will result in criminal charges and 30 day vehicle impoundment
BAC 0.08 and above:
  • 24-hour license suspension
  • An addition 90-day license suspension beginning 14 days after arrest
If convicted with the criminal offence of driving while impaired in Newfoundland, the following applies:
  • First offence: prohibition from driving for one full year, minimum $600 fine, mandatory Think First alcohol education program $160 per program
  • Second offence: prohibition from driving for three full years, minimum 14 days jail time, mandatory alcohol and drug dependency screening
  • Third offence: minimum 10-year driving prohibition, minimum 90 days imprisonment, mandatory alcohol and drug dependency screening
  Newfoundland allows those who have had their licenses suspended an opportunity to start driving again sooner by enrolling in the ignition interlock program. Enrollees must have a breath-sample device installed in the interior of their vehicle. The driver must blow into the tube and register a BAC of 0.00 before the engine will start. Tampering with the device can lead to a fine of up to $20,000. To enroll in the program, applicants must front the cost of installing and removing the device in addition to paying a monthly monitoring fee. Persons who pursue this option must use ignition interlock for the following durations:
  • First offence: 9 months
  • Second or greater offence: 30 months
  Graduated Drivers License program:
  • Zero tolerance
  • First offence: two month license suspension
  • Second offence: four month license suspension, mandatory Think First alcohol education program at $160
  • Third offence: six month license suspension, mandatory assessment for alcohol or drug dependency
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
Vessel operators as well as passengers may legally consume alcohol or cannabis on-board this type of vessel if it is equipped with:  
  • Permanent cooking facilities.
  • Permanent sleeping facilities.
  • Permanent head (toilet); and
  • The boat is at anchor, secured alongside a dock or beached
  The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the boat operator, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your boat meets these requirements. Before anyone opens any beer or liquor or consumes cannabis. Additionally, it’s your responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Newfoundland, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:

BAC 0.05-0.08:
  • First and second offence: 24-hour license suspension
  • Third offence: two-month license suspension
  • Fourth offence: four-month license suspension
  • Fifth or greater offence: six-month license suspension
  • Violation of the suspension will result in criminal charges and 30 day vehicle impoundment
BAC 0.08 and above:
  • 24-hour license suspension
  • An addition 90-day license suspension beginning 14 days after arrest
If convicted with the criminal offence of driving while impaired in Newfoundland, the following applies:
  • First offence: prohibition from driving for one full year, minimum $600 fine, mandatory Think First alcohol education program $160 per program
  • Second offence: prohibition from driving for three full years, minimum 14 days jail time, mandatory alcohol and drug dependency screening
  • Third offence: minimum 10-year driving prohibition, minimum 90 days imprisonment, mandatory alcohol and drug dependency screening
  Newfoundland allows those who have had their licenses suspended an opportunity to start driving again sooner by enrolling in the ignition interlock program. Enrollees must have a breath-sample device installed in the interior of their vehicle. The driver must blow into the tube and register a BAC of 0.00 before the engine will start. Tampering with the device can lead to a fine of up to $20,000. To enroll in the program, applicants must front the cost of installing and removing the device in addition to paying a monthly monitoring fee. Persons who pursue this option must use ignition interlock for the following durations:
  • First offence: 9 months
  • Second or greater offence: 30 months
  Graduated Drivers License program:
  • Zero tolerance
  • First offence: two month license suspension
  • Second offence: four month license suspension, mandatory Think First alcohol education program at $160
  • Third offence: six month license suspension, mandatory assessment for alcohol or drug dependency
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.

DRINKING AND BOATING IN NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

It is not legal to consume alcohol or cannabis on or before you are going out on this type of vessel.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In the Northwest Territories, there is zero tolerance for drivers who have any amount of alcohol or drugs detected in their system. If you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000, 3-day administrative licence suspension/disqualification
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail
  • Novice drivers and drivers under the age of 22 will receive a 30-day administrative licence suspension/disqualification under the Motor Vehicles Act.
  • Drivers can also receive a 24-hour administrative licence suspension/disqualification for having a blood alcohol concentration exceeding .05%. This suspension/disqualification could increase to 30 days if the driver has been subject to certain previous suspensions, disqualifications, or prohibitions.
  • Drivers can also receive a 90-day administrative licence suspension/disqualification for having a blood alcohol concentration exceeding .08%.
    Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
Vessel operators as well as passengers may legally consume alcohol or cannabis on-board this type of vessel if it is equipped with:  
  • Permanent cooking facilities.
  • Permanent sleeping facilities.
  • Permanent head (toilet); and
  • The boat is at anchor, secured alongside a dock or beached
  The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the boat operator, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your boat meets these requirements. Before anyone opens any beer or liquor or consumes cannabis. Additionally, it’s your responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In the Northwest Territories, there is zero tolerance for drivers who have any amount of alcohol or drugs detected in their system. If you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000, 3-day administrative licence suspension/disqualification
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail
  • Novice drivers and drivers under the age of 22 will receive a 30-day administrative licence suspension/disqualification under the Motor Vehicles Act.
  • Drivers can also receive a 24-hour administrative licence suspension/disqualification for having a blood alcohol concentration exceeding .05%. This suspension/disqualification could increase to 30 days if the driver has been subject to certain previous suspensions, disqualifications, or prohibitions.
  • Drivers can also receive a 90-day administrative licence suspension/disqualification for having a blood alcohol concentration exceeding .08%.
    Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
It is not legal to consume alcohol or cannabis on or before you are going out on this type of vessel.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In the Northwest Territories, there is zero tolerance for drivers who have any amount of alcohol or drugs detected in their system. If you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000, 3-day administrative licence suspension/disqualification
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail
  • Novice drivers and drivers under the age of 22 will receive a 30-day administrative licence suspension/disqualification under the Motor Vehicles Act.
  • Drivers can also receive a 24-hour administrative licence suspension/disqualification for having a blood alcohol concentration exceeding .05%. This suspension/disqualification could increase to 30 days if the driver has been subject to certain previous suspensions, disqualifications, or prohibitions.
  • Drivers can also receive a 90-day administrative licence suspension/disqualification for having a blood alcohol concentration exceeding .08%.
    Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
Vessel operators as well as passengers may legally consume alcohol or cannabis on-board this type of vessel if it is equipped with:  
  • Permanent cooking facilities.
  • Permanent sleeping facilities.
  • Permanent head (toilet); and
  • The boat is at anchor, secured alongside a dock or beached
  The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the boat operator, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your boat meets these requirements. Before anyone opens any beer or liquor or consumes cannabis. Additionally, it’s your responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In the Northwest Territories, there is zero tolerance for drivers who have any amount of alcohol or drugs detected in their system. If you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000, 3-day administrative licence suspension/disqualification
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail
  • Novice drivers and drivers under the age of 22 will receive a 30-day administrative licence suspension/disqualification under the Motor Vehicles Act.
  • Drivers can also receive a 24-hour administrative licence suspension/disqualification for having a blood alcohol concentration exceeding .05%. This suspension/disqualification could increase to 30 days if the driver has been subject to certain previous suspensions, disqualifications, or prohibitions.
  • Drivers can also receive a 90-day administrative licence suspension/disqualification for having a blood alcohol concentration exceeding .08%.
    Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.

DRINKING AND BOATING IN NOVA SCOTIA

It is not legal to consume alcohol or cannabis on or before you are going out on this type of vessel.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Nova Scotia if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:   1st offence:
  • a fine of $600 to $2000
  • revocation of driving privileges for one year from the date of conviction (not the date of being charged)
  • completion of an Addiction/Drug Dependency Services assessment program ($455.00, your cost)
  • licence reinstatement fee of $124.60 (your cost)
  • you might also be required to be re-take any and all of your driver's tests, including written, road, and vision tests.
2nd offence, within a 10-year period:
  • a fine of $600 to $2000
  • possible prison term of at least 14 days*
  • revocation of driving privileges for three years from the date of conviction (not the date of being charged)
  • completion of an Addiction/Drug Dependency Services assessment program ($455.00)
  • licence reinstatement fee ($124.60)
  • you must re-take your driver's tests: written, road, and vision tests.
3rd offence, within a 10-year period:
  • a fine of $600 to $2000
  • prison term of at least 90 days*
  • revocation of driving privileges is indefinite (minimum of ten years) from the date of conviction (not the date you were charged)
  • completion of an Addiction/Drug Dependency Services assessment program ($455.00)
  • licence reinstatement fee ($124.60)
  • you must re-take your driver's tests: written, road, and vision tests.
4th offence, within a 10-year period:
  • permanent revocation in addition to all of the penalties provided under the Criminal Code of Canada
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
Vessel operators as well as passengers may legally consume alcohol or cannabis on-board this type of vessel if it is equipped with:  
  • Permanent cooking facilities.
  • Permanent sleeping facilities.
  • Permanent head (toilet); and
  • The boat is at anchor, secured alongside a dock or beached
  The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the boat operator, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your boat meets these requirements. Before anyone opens any beer or liquor or consumes cannabis. Additionally, it’s your responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Nova Scotia if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:   1st offence:
  • a fine of $600 to $2000
  • revocation of driving privileges for one year from the date of conviction (not the date of being charged)
  • completion of an Addiction/Drug Dependency Services assessment program ($455.00, your cost)
  • licence reinstatement fee of $124.60 (your cost)
  • you might also be required to be re-take any and all of your driver's tests, including written, road, and vision tests.
2nd offence, within a 10-year period:
  • a fine of $600 to $2000
  • possible prison term of at least 14 days*
  • revocation of driving privileges for three years from the date of conviction (not the date of being charged)
  • completion of an Addiction/Drug Dependency Services assessment program ($455.00)
  • licence reinstatement fee ($124.60)
  • you must re-take your driver's tests: written, road, and vision tests.
3rd offence, within a 10-year period:
  • a fine of $600 to $2000
  • prison term of at least 90 days*
  • revocation of driving privileges is indefinite (minimum of ten years) from the date of conviction (not the date you were charged)
  • completion of an Addiction/Drug Dependency Services assessment program ($455.00)
  • licence reinstatement fee ($124.60)
  • you must re-take your driver's tests: written, road, and vision tests.
4th offence, within a 10-year period:
  • permanent revocation in addition to all of the penalties provided under the Criminal Code of Canada
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
It is not legal to consume alcohol or cannabis on or before you are going out on this type of vessel.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Nova Scotia if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:   1st offence:
  • a fine of $600 to $2000
  • revocation of driving privileges for one year from the date of conviction (not the date of being charged)
  • completion of an Addiction/Drug Dependency Services assessment program ($455.00, your cost)
  • licence reinstatement fee of $124.60 (your cost)
  • you might also be required to be re-take any and all of your driver's tests, including written, road, and vision tests.
2nd offence, within a 10-year period:
  • a fine of $600 to $2000
  • possible prison term of at least 14 days*
  • revocation of driving privileges for three years from the date of conviction (not the date of being charged)
  • completion of an Addiction/Drug Dependency Services assessment program ($455.00)
  • licence reinstatement fee ($124.60)
  • you must re-take your driver's tests: written, road, and vision tests.
3rd offence, within a 10-year period:
  • a fine of $600 to $2000
  • prison term of at least 90 days*
  • revocation of driving privileges is indefinite (minimum of ten years) from the date of conviction (not the date you were charged)
  • completion of an Addiction/Drug Dependency Services assessment program ($455.00)
  • licence reinstatement fee ($124.60)
  • you must re-take your driver's tests: written, road, and vision tests.
4th offence, within a 10-year period:
  • permanent revocation in addition to all of the penalties provided under the Criminal Code of Canada
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
Vessel operators as well as passengers may legally consume alcohol or cannabis on-board this type of vessel if it is equipped with:  
  • Permanent cooking facilities.
  • Permanent sleeping facilities.
  • Permanent head (toilet); and
  • The boat is at anchor, secured alongside a dock or beached
  The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the boat operator, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your boat meets these requirements. Before anyone opens any beer or liquor or consumes cannabis. Additionally, it’s your responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Nova Scotia if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:   1st offence:
  • a fine of $600 to $2000
  • revocation of driving privileges for one year from the date of conviction (not the date of being charged)
  • completion of an Addiction/Drug Dependency Services assessment program ($455.00, your cost)
  • licence reinstatement fee of $124.60 (your cost)
  • you might also be required to be re-take any and all of your driver's tests, including written, road, and vision tests.
2nd offence, within a 10-year period:
  • a fine of $600 to $2000
  • possible prison term of at least 14 days*
  • revocation of driving privileges for three years from the date of conviction (not the date of being charged)
  • completion of an Addiction/Drug Dependency Services assessment program ($455.00)
  • licence reinstatement fee ($124.60)
  • you must re-take your driver's tests: written, road, and vision tests.
3rd offence, within a 10-year period:
  • a fine of $600 to $2000
  • prison term of at least 90 days*
  • revocation of driving privileges is indefinite (minimum of ten years) from the date of conviction (not the date you were charged)
  • completion of an Addiction/Drug Dependency Services assessment program ($455.00)
  • licence reinstatement fee ($124.60)
  • you must re-take your driver's tests: written, road, and vision tests.
4th offence, within a 10-year period:
  • permanent revocation in addition to all of the penalties provided under the Criminal Code of Canada
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.

DRINKING AND BOATING IN NUNAVUT

It is not legal to consume alcohol or cannabis on or before you are going out on this type of vessel.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Nunavut, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000 and a 12-month driving prohibition
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail and a 24-month driving prohibition
  • 3rd and subsequent offences - minimum of 120 days in jail and a 36-month driving prohibition
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
Vessel operators as well as passengers may legally consume alcohol or cannabis on-board this type of vessel if it is equipped with:  
  • Permanent cooking facilities.
  • Permanent sleeping facilities.
  • Permanent head (toilet); and
  • The boat is at anchor, secured alongside a dock or beached
  The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the boat operator, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your boat meets these requirements. Before anyone opens any beer or liquor or consumes cannabis. Additionally, it’s your responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Nunavut, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000 and a 12-month driving prohibition
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail and a 24-month driving prohibition
  • 3rd and subsequent offences - minimum of 120 days in jail and a 36-month driving prohibition
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
It is not legal to consume alcohol or cannabis on or before you are going out on this type of vessel.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Nunavut, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000 and a 12-month driving prohibition
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail and a 24-month driving prohibition
  • 3rd and subsequent offences - minimum of 120 days in jail and a 36-month driving prohibition
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
Vessel operators as well as passengers may legally consume alcohol or cannabis on-board this type of vessel if it is equipped with:  
  • Permanent cooking facilities.
  • Permanent sleeping facilities.
  • Permanent head (toilet); and
  • The boat is at anchor, secured alongside a dock or beached
  The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the boat operator, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your boat meets these requirements. Before anyone opens any beer or liquor or consumes cannabis. Additionally, it’s your responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Nunavut, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000 and a 12-month driving prohibition
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail and a 24-month driving prohibition
  • 3rd and subsequent offences - minimum of 120 days in jail and a 36-month driving prohibition
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.

DRINKING AND BOATING IN ONTARIO

It is not legal to consume alcohol or cannabis on or before you are going out on this type of vessel.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Ontario, fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.   If your blood alcohol concentration is 0.05 or higher, you fail a roadside sobriety test or you violate the zero tolerance requirements for young, novice and commercial drivers, you will face:
 
First offence
  • 3-day drivers licence suspension. This cannot be appealed.
  • $250 penalty
Second offence within 5 years
  • 7-day drivers licence suspension (3-day suspension for commercial drivers). This cannot be appealed.
  • $350 penalty
  • You must attend a mandatory education program (for a second occurrence within 10 years)
Third and subsequent offences within 5 years
  • 30-day drivers licence suspension (3-day suspension for commercial drivers). This cannot be appealed.
  • $450 penalty
  • You must attend a mandatory treatment program (for third and subsequent offence within 10 years)
  • You will be required to use an ignition interlock device for at least six months (for third and subsequent offence within 10 years)
  • You will need to undergo a mandatory medical evaluation to determine whether you meet the requirements for driving in Ontario (for fourth and subsequent offence within 10 years).
  In addition to the penalties above, you will also face a $281 licence reinstatement fee each time your licence is suspended.  
 
Penalties for a BAC Over the Legal Limit, Refuse Testing or Impairment If you refuse to take a drug or alcohol test, you register a BAC over 0.08 or if a drug recognition evaluator determines that you are impaired, you will face:
  • 90-day drivers licence suspension
  • 7-day vehicle impoundment
  • $550 penalty
  • $281 drivers licence reinstatement fee
  • You must attend a mandatory education or treatment program (for second and subsequent occurrences within 10 years)
  • You will be required to use an ignition interlock device for at least 6 months (for third and subsequent occurrences within 10 years)
  Additional Penalties if Convicted in Court If you are a young or novice driver convicted in court for violating the zero tolerance requirements for drugs and/or alcohol, your driver's licence will be suspended again for at least 30 days, and you will receive an additional $60-$500 fine. No matter what age or licence you have, if you are convicted criminally of impaired driving in court, you can face additional fines and penalties, plus:
 
First offence
  • Drivers licence suspension of at least 1 year
  • You must attend a mandatory education or treatment program
  • Requirement to use an ignition interlock device for at least 1 year
  • You will need to undergo a mandatory medical evaluation to determine whether you meet the requirements for driving in Ontario
Second offence within 10 years
  • Drivers licence suspension of at least 3 years
  • You must attend a mandatory education or treatment program
  • Requirement to use an ignition interlock device for at least 3 years
  • You will need to undergo a mandatory medical evaluation to determine whether you meet the requirements for driving in Ontario
Third or more offence within 10 years
  • Lifetime drivers licence suspension, which may be reduced after 10 years if you meet certain criteria
  • You must attend a mandatory education or treatment program
  • Requirement to use an ignition interlock device for at least 6 years
  • You will need to undergo a mandatory medical evaluation to determine whether you meet the requirements for driving in Ontario
Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
Vessel operators as well as passengers may legally consume alcohol or cannabis on-board this type of vessel if it is equipped with:  
  • Permanent cooking facilities.
  • Permanent sleeping facilities.
  • Permanent head (toilet); and
  • The boat is at anchor, secured alongside a dock or beached
  The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the boat operator, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your boat meets these requirements.

 Before anyone opens any beer or liquor or consumes cannabis. Additionally, it’s your responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
In Ontario, fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.   If your blood alcohol concentration is 0.05 or higher, you fail a roadside sobriety test or you violate the zero tolerance requirements for young, novice and commercial drivers, you will face:

First offence
  • 3-day drivers licence suspension. This cannot be appealed.
  • $250 penalty
Second offence within 5 years
  • 7-day drivers licence suspension (3-day suspension for commercial drivers). This cannot be appealed.
  • $350 penalty
  • You must attend a mandatory education program (for a second occurrence within 10 years)
Third and subsequent offences within 5 years
  • 30-day drivers licence suspension (3-day suspension for commercial drivers). This cannot be appealed.
  • $450 penalty
  • You must attend a mandatory treatment program (for third and subsequent offence within 10 years)
  • You will be required to use an ignition interlock device for at least six months (for third and subsequent offence within 10 years)
  • You will need to undergo a mandatory medical evaluation to determine whether you meet the requirements for driving in Ontario (for fourth and subsequent offence within 10 years).
  In addition to the penalties above, you will also face a $281 licence reinstatement fee each time your licence is suspended.  

Penalties for a BAC Over the Legal Limit, Refuse Testing or Impairment If you refuse to take a drug or alcohol test, you register a BAC over 0.08 or if a drug recognition evaluator determines that you are impaired, you will face:
  • 90-day drivers licence suspension
  • 7-day vehicle impoundment
  • $550 penalty
  • $281 drivers licence reinstatement fee
  • You must attend a mandatory education or treatment program (for second and subsequent occurrences within 10 years)
  • You will be required to use an ignition interlock device for at least 6 months (for third and subsequent occurrences within 10 years)
  Additional Penalties if Convicted in Court If you are a young or novice driver convicted in court for violating the zero tolerance requirements for drugs and/or alcohol, your driver's licence will be suspended again for at least 30 days, and you will receive an additional $60-$500 fine. No matter what age or licence you have, if you are convicted criminally of impaired driving in court, you can face additional fines and penalties, plus:

First offence
  • Drivers licence suspension of at least 1 year
  • You must attend a mandatory education or treatment program
  • Requirement to use an ignition interlock device for at least 1 year
  • You will need to undergo a mandatory medical evaluation to determine whether you meet the requirements for driving in Ontario
Second offence within 10 years
  • Drivers licence suspension of at least 3 years
  • You must attend a mandatory education or treatment program
  • Requirement to use an ignition interlock device for at least 3 years
  • You will need to undergo a mandatory medical evaluation to determine whether you meet the requirements for driving in Ontario
Third or more offence within 10 years
  • Lifetime drivers licence suspension, which may be reduced after 10 years if you meet certain criteria
  • You must attend a mandatory education or treatment program
  • Requirement to use an ignition interlock device for at least 6 years
  • You will need to undergo a mandatory medical evaluation to determine whether you meet the requirements for driving in Ontario
Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
It is not legal to consume alcohol or cannabis on or before you are going out on this type of vessel.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Ontario, fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.   If your blood alcohol concentration is 0.05 or higher, you fail a roadside sobriety test or you violate the zero tolerance requirements for young, novice and commercial drivers, you will face:  

First offence
  • 3-day drivers licence suspension. This cannot be appealed.
  • $250 penalty
Second offence within 5 years
  • 7-day drivers licence suspension (3-day suspension for commercial drivers). This cannot be appealed.
  • $350 penalty
  • You must attend a mandatory education program (for a second occurrence within 10 years)
Third and subsequent offences within 5 years
  • 30-day drivers licence suspension (3-day suspension for commercial drivers). This cannot be appealed.
  • $450 penalty
  • You must attend a mandatory treatment program (for third and subsequent offence within 10 years)
  • You will be required to use an ignition interlock device for at least six months (for third and subsequent offence within 10 years)
  • You will need to undergo a mandatory medical evaluation to determine whether you meet the requirements for driving in Ontario (for fourth and subsequent offence within 10 years).
  In addition to the penalties above, you will also face a $281 licence reinstatement fee each time your licence is suspended.  

Penalties for a BAC Over the Legal Limit, Refuse Testing or Impairment If you refuse to take a drug or alcohol test, you register a BAC over 0.08 or if a drug recognition evaluator determines that you are impaired, you will face:
  • 90-day drivers licence suspension
  • 7-day vehicle impoundment
  • $550 penalty
  • $281 drivers licence reinstatement fee
  • You must attend a mandatory education or treatment program (for second and subsequent occurrences within 10 years)
  • You will be required to use an ignition interlock device for at least 6 months (for third and subsequent occurrences within 10 years)
  Additional Penalties if Convicted in Court If you are a young or novice driver convicted in court for violating the zero tolerance requirements for drugs and/or alcohol, your driver's licence will be suspended again for at least 30 days, and you will receive an additional $60-$500 fine. No matter what age or licence you have, if you are convicted criminally of impaired driving in court, you can face additional fines and penalties, plus:

First offence
  • Drivers licence suspension of at least 1 year
  • You must attend a mandatory education or treatment program
  • Requirement to use an ignition interlock device for at least 1 year
  • You will need to undergo a mandatory medical evaluation to determine whether you meet the requirements for driving in Ontario
Second offence within 10 years
  • Drivers licence suspension of at least 3 years
  • You must attend a mandatory education or treatment program
  • Requirement to use an ignition interlock device for at least 3 years
  • You will need to undergo a mandatory medical evaluation to determine whether you meet the requirements for driving in Ontario
Third or more offence within 10 years
  • Lifetime drivers licence suspension, which may be reduced after 10 years if you meet certain criteria
  • You must attend a mandatory education or treatment program
  • Requirement to use an ignition interlock device for at least 6 years
  • You will need to undergo a mandatory medical evaluation to determine whether you meet the requirements for driving in Ontario
Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
Vessel operators as well as passengers may legally consume alcohol or cannabis on-board this type of vessel if it is equipped with:  
  • Permanent cooking facilities.
  • Permanent sleeping facilities.
  • Permanent head (toilet); and
  • The boat is at anchor, secured alongside a dock or beached
  The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the boat operator, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your boat meets these requirements.

 Before anyone opens any beer or liquor or consumes cannabis. Additionally, it’s your responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Ontario, fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.   If your blood alcohol concentration is 0.05 or higher, you fail a roadside sobriety test or you violate the zero tolerance requirements for young, novice and commercial drivers, you will face:  

First offence
  • 3-day drivers licence suspension. This cannot be appealed.
  • $250 penalty
Second offence within 5 years
  • 7-day drivers licence suspension (3-day suspension for commercial drivers). This cannot be appealed.
  • $350 penalty
  • You must attend a mandatory education program (for a second occurrence within 10 years)
Third and subsequent offences within 5 years
  • 30-day drivers licence suspension (3-day suspension for commercial drivers). This cannot be appealed.
  • $450 penalty
  • You must attend a mandatory treatment program (for third and subsequent offence within 10 years)
  • You will be required to use an ignition interlock device for at least six months (for third and subsequent offence within 10 years)
  • You will need to undergo a mandatory medical evaluation to determine whether you meet the requirements for driving in Ontario (for fourth and subsequent offence within 10 years).
  In addition to the penalties above, you will also face a $281 licence reinstatement fee each time your licence is suspended.  

Penalties for a BAC Over the Legal Limit, Refuse Testing or Impairment If you refuse to take a drug or alcohol test, you register a BAC over 0.08 or if a drug recognition evaluator determines that you are impaired, you will face:
  • 90-day drivers licence suspension
  • 7-day vehicle impoundment
  • $550 penalty
  • $281 drivers licence reinstatement fee
  • You must attend a mandatory education or treatment program (for second and subsequent occurrences within 10 years)
  • You will be required to use an ignition interlock device for at least 6 months (for third and subsequent occurrences within 10 years)
  Additional Penalties if Convicted in Court If you are a young or novice driver convicted in court for violating the zero tolerance requirements for drugs and/or alcohol, your driver's licence will be suspended again for at least 30 days, and you will receive an additional $60-$500 fine. No matter what age or licence you have, if you are convicted criminally of impaired driving in court, you can face additional fines and penalties, plus:

First offence
  • Drivers licence suspension of at least 1 year
  • You must attend a mandatory education or treatment program
  • Requirement to use an ignition interlock device for at least 1 year
  • You will need to undergo a mandatory medical evaluation to determine whether you meet the requirements for driving in Ontario
Second offence within 10 years
  • Drivers licence suspension of at least 3 years
  • You must attend a mandatory education or treatment program
  • Requirement to use an ignition interlock device for at least 3 years
  • You will need to undergo a mandatory medical evaluation to determine whether you meet the requirements for driving in Ontario
Third or more offence within 10 years
  • Lifetime drivers licence suspension, which may be reduced after 10 years if you meet certain criteria
  • You must attend a mandatory education or treatment program
  • Requirement to use an ignition interlock device for at least 6 years
  • You will need to undergo a mandatory medical evaluation to determine whether you meet the requirements for driving in Ontario
Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.

DRINKING AND BOATING IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

It is not legal to consume alcohol or cannabis on or before you are going out on this type of vessel.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Prince Edward Island, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:
  • Immediate 24-hour suspension of your license
  • An administrative driving prohibition of 90 days effective 7 days after your 24-hour roadside suspension.
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000, 30-day vehicle impoundment, 1 year driver’s license cancellation, $750 driver’s license reapplication fee, Ignition Interlock Device is mandatory for 1 year
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail, 30-day vehicle impoundment (within 10 years), 3 years driver’s license cancellation, $750 driver’s license reapplication fee, Ignition Interlock Device is mandatory for 3 years
  • 3rd and subsequent offences - minimum of 120 days in jail, 6 month vehicle impoundment (within 10 years), 5 years driver’s license cancellation, $750 driver’s license reapplication fee, Ignition Interlock Device is mandatory for 10 years
  There may be additional penalties and consequences that may be issued by the judge under the Criminal Code of Canada and the PEI Highway Traffic Act.   Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
Vessel operators as well as passengers may legally consume alcohol or cannabis on-board this type of vessel if it is equipped with:  
  • Permanent cooking facilities.
  • Permanent sleeping facilities.
  • Permanent head (toilet); and
  • The boat is at anchor, secured alongside a dock or beached
  The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the boat operator, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your boat meets these requirements. Before anyone opens any beer or liquor or consumes cannabis. Additionally, it’s your responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Prince Edward Island, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:
  • Immediate 24-hour suspension of your license
  • An administrative driving prohibition of 90 days effective 7 days after your 24-hour roadside suspension.
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000, 30-day vehicle impoundment, 1 year driver’s license cancellation, $750 driver’s license reapplication fee, Ignition Interlock Device is mandatory for 1 year
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail, 30-day vehicle impoundment (within 10 years), 3 years driver’s license cancellation, $750 driver’s license reapplication fee, Ignition Interlock Device is mandatory for 3 years
  • 3rd and subsequent offences - minimum of 120 days in jail, 6 month vehicle impoundment (within 10 years), 5 years driver’s license cancellation, $750 driver’s license reapplication fee, Ignition Interlock Device is mandatory for 10 years
  There may be additional penalties and consequences that may be issued by the judge under the Criminal Code of Canada and the PEI Highway Traffic Act.   Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
It is not legal to consume alcohol or cannabis on or before you are going out on this type of vessel.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Prince Edward Island, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:
  • Immediate 24-hour suspension of your license
  • An administrative driving prohibition of 90 days effective 7 days after your 24-hour roadside suspension.
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000, 30-day vehicle impoundment, 1 year driver’s license cancellation, $750 driver’s license reapplication fee, Ignition Interlock Device is mandatory for 1 year
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail, 30-day vehicle impoundment (within 10 years), 3 years driver’s license cancellation, $750 driver’s license reapplication fee, Ignition Interlock Device is mandatory for 3 years
  • 3rd and subsequent offences - minimum of 120 days in jail, 6 month vehicle impoundment (within 10 years), 5 years driver’s license cancellation, $750 driver’s license reapplication fee, Ignition Interlock Device is mandatory for 10 years
  There may be additional penalties and consequences that may be issued by the judge under the Criminal Code of Canada and the PEI Highway Traffic Act.   Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
Vessel operators as well as passengers may legally consume alcohol or cannabis on-board this type of vessel if it is equipped with:  
  • Permanent cooking facilities.
  • Permanent sleeping facilities.
  • Permanent head (toilet); and
  • The boat is at anchor, secured alongside a dock or beached
  The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the boat operator, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your boat meets these requirements. Before anyone opens any beer or liquor or consumes cannabis. Additionally, it’s your responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Prince Edward Island, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:
  • Immediate 24-hour suspension of your license
  • An administrative driving prohibition of 90 days effective 7 days after your 24-hour roadside suspension.
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000, 30-day vehicle impoundment, 1 year driver’s license cancellation, $750 driver’s license reapplication fee, Ignition Interlock Device is mandatory for 1 year
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail, 30-day vehicle impoundment (within 10 years), 3 years driver’s license cancellation, $750 driver’s license reapplication fee, Ignition Interlock Device is mandatory for 3 years
  • 3rd and subsequent offences - minimum of 120 days in jail, 6 month vehicle impoundment (within 10 years), 5 years driver’s license cancellation, $750 driver’s license reapplication fee, Ignition Interlock Device is mandatory for 10 years
  There may be additional penalties and consequences that may be issued by the judge under the Criminal Code of Canada and the PEI Highway Traffic Act.   Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.

DRINKING AND BOATING IN QUEBEC

Boaters in Quebec are permitted to carry open alcohol on boats while the boat is underway. There is no restriction on the style of boat that you can consume alcohol or cannabis on. The boat operator may consume alcohol if their BAC level is not more than the legal limit of 80mg or 0.08%. While carrying and transporting open alcohol in a boat is legal in Québec, it is NOT legal to be boating under the influence.   The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the Vessel operator, it is YOUR responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Quebec, fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle. If caught boating under the influence, first time offenders can face a minimum fine of $1000 plus jail time, and second time offenders are handed the same fine with jail time no less than 14 days.  

First offence
  • Immediate licence suspension: 24 hours or 90 days (depending on the situation)
  • Immediate vehicle seizure and impoundment: 30 days (depending on the situation)
  • Minimum fine: $1,000
Related Costs
  • Program to assess and reduce the risk of impaired driving - Summary: $300
  • Program to assess and reduce the risk of impaired driving - Comprehensive: $710
  • Alcofrein program: $150
  • Alcohol ignition interlock device - Installation: $50 (+ taxes)
  • Alcohol ignition interlock device - Monthly rental fees: $61 (+ taxes)
  • Alcohol ignition interlock device - Removal of the device and closure of the file: $50 (+ taxes)
  • Costs to obtain a new licence (additional insurance contribution depending on whether it is a 1st, 2nd or 3rd offence or more within 10 years): $350 - $466
  Other fees and costs may apply in addition to those listed above, such as court fees, a contribution to the crime victim’s compensation program (IVAC), etc. As well as numerous other inconveniences and expenses like layer fees, increases insurance premiums and of course a criminal record!  

In the case of a repeat offence within a period of 10 years: Upon arrest
    • Immediate drivers licence suspension: 90 days
    • Immediate vehicle seizure and impoundment: 90 days
    • Program to assess and reduce the risk of impaired driving


  • Following a criminal conviction
    • Program to assess and reduce the risk of impaired driving
    • Prohibition from driving for a minimum two-year period
    • Licence revocation: 3 or 5 years (depending on the situation) or longer (depending on the decision of the court)
    • Imprisonment
    • Prohibition from registering, acquiring, renting or leasing a vehicle, or putting a vehicle into operation under your name (depending on the situation)
    • Alcohol ignition interlock device for life (possibility of applying for its removal after 10 years only in the case of a first repeat offence) (depending on the situation)
  In the case of a second or subsequent repeat offence within a period of 10 years: Upon arrest
    • Immediate drivers licence suspension: 90 days
    • Immediate vehicle seizure and impoundment: 90 days


  • Following a criminal conviction
    • Prohibition from driving for a minimum two-year period
    • Licence revocation: 3 or 5 years (depending on the situation) or longer (depending on the decision of the court)
    • Imprisonment
    • Prohibition from registering, acquiring, renting or leasing a vehicle, or putting a vehicle into operation under your name
    • Alcohol ignition interlock device for life
 
Boaters in Quebec are permitted to carry open alcohol on boats while the boat is underway. There is no restriction on the style of boat that you can consume alcohol or cannabis on. The boat operator may consume alcohol if their BAC level is not more than the legal limit of 80mg or 0.08%. While carrying and transporting open alcohol in a boat is legal in Québec, it is NOT legal to be boating under the influence.   The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the Vessel operator, it is YOUR responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Quebec, fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle. If caught boating under the influence, first time offenders can face a minimum fine of $1000 plus jail time, and second time offenders are handed the same fine with jail time no less than 14 days.  

First offence
  • Immediate licence suspension: 24 hours or 90 days (depending on the situation)
  • Immediate vehicle seizure and impoundment: 30 days (depending on the situation)
  • Minimum fine: $1,000
Related Costs
  • Program to assess and reduce the risk of impaired driving - Summary: $300
  • Program to assess and reduce the risk of impaired driving - Comprehensive: $710
  • Alcofrein program: $150
  • Alcohol ignition interlock device - Installation: $50 (+ taxes)
  • Alcohol ignition interlock device - Monthly rental fees: $61 (+ taxes)
  • Alcohol ignition interlock device - Removal of the device and closure of the file: $50 (+ taxes)
  • Costs to obtain a new licence (additional insurance contribution depending on whether it is a 1st, 2nd or 3rd offence or more within 10 years): $350 - $466
  Other fees and costs may apply in addition to those listed above, such as court fees, a contribution to the crime victim’s compensation program (IVAC), etc. As well as numerous other inconveniences and expenses like layer fees, increases insurance premiums and of course a criminal record!  

In the case of a repeat offence within a period of 10 years: Upon arrest
    • Immediate drivers licence suspension: 90 days
    • Immediate vehicle seizure and impoundment: 90 days
    • Program to assess and reduce the risk of impaired driving


  • Following a criminal conviction
    • Program to assess and reduce the risk of impaired driving
    • Prohibition from driving for a minimum two-year period
    • Licence revocation: 3 or 5 years (depending on the situation) or longer (depending on the decision of the court)
    • Imprisonment
    • Prohibition from registering, acquiring, renting or leasing a vehicle, or putting a vehicle into operation under your name (depending on the situation)
    • Alcohol ignition interlock device for life (possibility of applying for its removal after 10 years only in the case of a first repeat offence) (depending on the situation)
  In the case of a second or subsequent repeat offence within a period of 10 years: Upon arrest
    • Immediate drivers licence suspension: 90 days
    • Immediate vehicle seizure and impoundment: 90 days


  • Following a criminal conviction
    • Prohibition from driving for a minimum two-year period
    • Licence revocation: 3 or 5 years (depending on the situation) or longer (depending on the decision of the court)
    • Imprisonment
    • Prohibition from registering, acquiring, renting or leasing a vehicle, or putting a vehicle into operation under your name
    • Alcohol ignition interlock device for life
Boaters in Quebec are permitted to carry open alcohol on boats while the boat is underway. There is no restriction on the style of boat that you can consume alcohol or cannabis on. The boat operator may consume alcohol if their BAC level is not more than the legal limit of 80mg or 0.08%. While carrying and transporting open alcohol in a boat is legal in Québec, it is NOT legal to be boating under the influence.   The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the Vessel operator, it is YOUR responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Quebec, fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle. If caught boating under the influence, first time offenders can face a minimum fine of $1000 plus jail time, and second time offenders are handed the same fine with jail time no less than 14 days.  

First offence
  • Immediate licence suspension: 24 hours or 90 days (depending on the situation)
  • Immediate vehicle seizure and impoundment: 30 days (depending on the situation)
  • Minimum fine: $1,000
Related Costs
  • Program to assess and reduce the risk of impaired driving - Summary: $300
  • Program to assess and reduce the risk of impaired driving - Comprehensive: $710
  • Alcofrein program: $150
  • Alcohol ignition interlock device - Installation: $50 (+ taxes)
  • Alcohol ignition interlock device - Monthly rental fees: $61 (+ taxes)
  • Alcohol ignition interlock device - Removal of the device and closure of the file: $50 (+ taxes)
  • Costs to obtain a new licence (additional insurance contribution depending on whether it is a 1st, 2nd or 3rd offence or more within 10 years): $350 - $466
  Other fees and costs may apply in addition to those listed above, such as court fees, a contribution to the crime victim’s compensation program (IVAC), etc. As well as numerous other inconveniences and expenses like layer fees, increases insurance premiums and of course a criminal record!  

In the case of a repeat offence within a period of 10 years: Upon arrest
    • Immediate drivers licence suspension: 90 days
    • Immediate vehicle seizure and impoundment: 90 days
    • Program to assess and reduce the risk of impaired driving


  • Following a criminal conviction
    • Program to assess and reduce the risk of impaired driving
    • Prohibition from driving for a minimum two-year period
    • Licence revocation: 3 or 5 years (depending on the situation) or longer (depending on the decision of the court)
    • Imprisonment
    • Prohibition from registering, acquiring, renting or leasing a vehicle, or putting a vehicle into operation under your name (depending on the situation)
    • Alcohol ignition interlock device for life (possibility of applying for its removal after 10 years only in the case of a first repeat offence) (depending on the situation)
 

In the case of a second or subsequent repeat offence within a period of 10 years: Upon arrest
    • Immediate drivers licence suspension: 90 days
    • Immediate vehicle seizure and impoundment: 90 days


  • Following a criminal conviction
    • Prohibition from driving for a minimum two-year period
    • Licence revocation: 3 or 5 years (depending on the situation) or longer (depending on the decision of the court)
    • Imprisonment
    • Prohibition from registering, acquiring, renting or leasing a vehicle, or putting a vehicle into operation under your name
    • Alcohol ignition interlock device for life
Boaters in Quebec are permitted to carry open alcohol on boats while the boat is underway. There is no restriction on the style of boat that you can consume alcohol or cannabis on. The boat operator may consume alcohol if their BAC level is not more than the legal limit of 80mg or 0.08%. While carrying and transporting open alcohol in a boat is legal in Québec, it is NOT legal to be boating under the influence.   The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the Vessel operator, it is YOUR responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Quebec, fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle. If caught boating under the influence, first time offenders can face a minimum fine of $1000 plus jail time, and second time offenders are handed the same fine with jail time no less than 14 days.  

First offence
  • Immediate licence suspension: 24 hours or 90 days (depending on the situation)
  • Immediate vehicle seizure and impoundment: 30 days (depending on the situation)
  • Minimum fine: $1,000
Related Costs
  • Program to assess and reduce the risk of impaired driving - Summary: $300
  • Program to assess and reduce the risk of impaired driving - Comprehensive: $710
  • Alcofrein program: $150
  • Alcohol ignition interlock device - Installation: $50 (+ taxes)
  • Alcohol ignition interlock device - Monthly rental fees: $61 (+ taxes)
  • Alcohol ignition interlock device - Removal of the device and closure of the file: $50 (+ taxes)
  • Costs to obtain a new licence (additional insurance contribution depending on whether it is a 1st, 2nd or 3rd offence or more within 10 years): $350 - $466
  Other fees and costs may apply in addition to those listed above, such as court fees, a contribution to the crime victim’s compensation program (IVAC), etc. As well as numerous other inconveniences and expenses like layer fees, increases insurance premiums and of course a criminal record!

  In the case of a repeat offence within a period of 10 years: Upon arrest
    • Immediate drivers licence suspension: 90 days
    • Immediate vehicle seizure and impoundment: 90 days
    • Program to assess and reduce the risk of impaired driving


  • Following a criminal conviction
    • Program to assess and reduce the risk of impaired driving
    • Prohibition from driving for a minimum two-year period
    • Licence revocation: 3 or 5 years (depending on the situation) or longer (depending on the decision of the court)
    • Imprisonment
    • Prohibition from registering, acquiring, renting or leasing a vehicle, or putting a vehicle into operation under your name (depending on the situation)
    • Alcohol ignition interlock device for life (possibility of applying for its removal after 10 years only in the case of a first repeat offence) (depending on the situation)
  In the case of a second or subsequent repeat offence within a period of 10 years: Upon arrest
    • Immediate drivers licence suspension: 90 days
    • Immediate vehicle seizure and impoundment: 90 days


  • Following a criminal conviction
    • Prohibition from driving for a minimum two-year period
    • Licence revocation: 3 or 5 years (depending on the situation) or longer (depending on the decision of the court)
    • Imprisonment
    • Prohibition from registering, acquiring, renting or leasing a vehicle, or putting a vehicle into operation under your name
    • Alcohol ignition interlock device for life

DRINKING AND BOATING IN SASKATCHEWAN

It is not legal to consume alcohol or cannabis on or before you are going out on this type of vessel.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Saskatchewan, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail
  You will be required to complete certain courses such as Alcohol and Drug Education programs. The Ignition Interlock Program is mandatory for all drivers with a criminal code conviction for impaired driving, and can be mandatory for drivers with multiple roadside suspensions.   Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
Vessel operators as well as passengers may legally consume alcohol or cannabis on-board this type of vessel if it is equipped with:  
  • Permanent cooking facilities.
  • Permanent sleeping facilities.
  • Permanent head (toilet); and
  • The boat is at anchor, secured alongside a dock or beached
  The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the boat operator, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your boat meets these requirements. Before anyone opens any beer or liquor or consumes cannabis. Additionally, it’s your responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Saskatchewan, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail
  You will be required to complete certain courses such as Alcohol and Drug Education programs. The Ignition Interlock Program is mandatory for all drivers with a criminal code conviction for impaired driving, and can be mandatory for drivers with multiple roadside suspensions.   Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
It is not legal to consume alcohol or cannabis on or before you are going out on this type of vessel.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Saskatchewan, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail
  You will be required to complete certain courses such as Alcohol and Drug Education programs. The Ignition Interlock Program is mandatory for all drivers with a criminal code conviction for impaired driving, and can be mandatory for drivers with multiple roadside suspensions.   Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.
Vessel operators as well as passengers may legally consume alcohol or cannabis on-board this type of vessel if it is equipped with:  
  • Permanent cooking facilities.
  • Permanent sleeping facilities.
  • Permanent head (toilet); and
  • The boat is at anchor, secured alongside a dock or beached
  The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the boat operator, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your boat meets these requirements. Before anyone opens any beer or liquor or consumes cannabis. Additionally, it’s your responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In Saskatchewan, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the MINIMUM penalties are:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail
  You will be required to complete certain courses such as Alcohol and Drug Education programs. The Ignition Interlock Program is mandatory for all drivers with a criminal code conviction for impaired driving, and can be mandatory for drivers with multiple roadside suspensions.   Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories.

DRINKING AND BOATING IN YUKON

It is not legal to consume alcohol or cannabis on or before you are going out on this type of vessel.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In the Yukon, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the minimum penalties are:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000, driver’s licence will be suspended for 90 days and your vehicle could be impounded for a minimum of 30 days
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail
The judges could also determine additional consequences if you are convicted that include driving disqualifications and/or restrictions.   If you're in the graduated driver licensing (GDL) program, there are additional consequences if you violate the zero tolerance for alcohol or drug condition. These include:
  • a meeting with the registrar
  • a referral to the Driver Control Board; and
  • the requirement to restart whatever phase of the GDL you're in.
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories
Vessel operators as well as passengers may legally consume alcohol or cannabis on-board this type of vessel if it is equipped with:  
  • Permanent cooking facilities.
  • Permanent sleeping facilities.
  • Permanent head (toilet); and
  • The boat is at anchor, secured alongside a dock or beached
  The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the boat operator, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your boat meets these requirements. Before anyone opens any beer or liquor or consumes cannabis. Additionally, it’s your responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In the Yukon, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the minimum penalties are:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000, driver’s licence will be suspended for 90 days and your vehicle could be impounded for a minimum of 30 days
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail
The judges could also determine additional consequences if you are convicted that include driving disqualifications and/or restrictions.   If you're in the graduated driver licensing (GDL) program, there are additional consequences if you violate the zero tolerance for alcohol or drug condition. These include:
  • a meeting with the registrar
  • a referral to the Driver Control Board; and
  • the requirement to restart whatever phase of the GDL you're in.
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories
It is not legal to consume alcohol or cannabis on or before you are going out on this type of vessel.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In the Yukon, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the minimum penalties are:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000, driver’s licence will be suspended for 90 days and your vehicle could be impounded for a minimum of 30 days
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail
The judges could also determine additional consequences if you are convicted that include driving disqualifications and/or restrictions.   If you're in the graduated driver licensing (GDL) program, there are additional consequences if you violate the zero tolerance for alcohol or drug condition. These include:
  • a meeting with the registrar
  • a referral to the Driver Control Board; and
  • the requirement to restart whatever phase of the GDL you're in.
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories
Vessel operators as well as passengers may legally consume alcohol or cannabis on-board this type of vessel if it is equipped with:  
  • Permanent cooking facilities.
  • Permanent sleeping facilities.
  • Permanent head (toilet); and
  • The boat is at anchor, secured alongside a dock or beached
  The vessel operator must NOT be impaired by the time the vessel is ready to depart from being at anchor, docked or beached.   As the boat operator, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your boat meets these requirements. Before anyone opens any beer or liquor or consumes cannabis. Additionally, it’s your responsibility to stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safe.  
  • It is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to operate a boat if you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in excess of 80mg or 0.08%. Your BAC level is determined with a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have more than 2 nanograms (ng) of THC per ml of blood. You can be charged with a more serious offence if you have more than 5ng of THC
  • You are ‘under the influence’ if you have a combination of more than 50mg BAC AND 2.5mg of THC in your blood
  • 80mg BAC or 2ng THC or 50mg BAC+2.5ng THC = drunk boating
  • Fines and penalties for boating under the influence are the same as for driving a motor vehicle.
  In the Yukon, if you’re convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the minimum penalties are:
  • 1st offence - minimum fine of $1,000, driver’s licence will be suspended for 90 days and your vehicle could be impounded for a minimum of 30 days
  • 2nd offence - minimum of 30 days in jail
  • 3rd offence - minimum of 120 days in jail
The judges could also determine additional consequences if you are convicted that include driving disqualifications and/or restrictions.   If you're in the graduated driver licensing (GDL) program, there are additional consequences if you violate the zero tolerance for alcohol or drug condition. These include:
  • a meeting with the registrar
  • a referral to the Driver Control Board; and
  • the requirement to restart whatever phase of the GDL you're in.
  Drinking or consuming Cannabis and boating is ALWAYS illegal. And remember that the rules for legal alcohol and cannabis consumption and transport vary by province and territory. The minimum fines and penalties also vary by province, so always check with the local authorities before heading out on the water if you are visiting other provinces and territories

Be a Responsible Boater

Learning about boating safety will help you have more fun on the water!
You need to be more prepared before and after you head out onto the water.
Are you ready?

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