B.C. Marina's and Anchorages


CANPASS - Private Boats program

The CANPASS program operated by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) allows CANPASS permit holders who wish to enter Canada aboard private boats from the United States to receive pre-authorized customs clearance. The boat operator may call CANPASS up to four hours prior to arrival in Canada and must provide details regarding the trip, the passengers, the crew and the boat. CANPASS permits are valid for five years and are not transferable. All travellers aboard the boat, including the crew, have to be the CANPASS program members. There is a fee for each applicant 18 years of age or older.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  be citizens or permanent residents of Canada, or citizens or resident aliens of the US
  have no criminal record (or have been granted a pardon)
  have had no record of a customs seizure within the past five years
  have never been charged with a violation of customs or immigration legislation
  be admissible to Canada under immigration laws
  other criteria may apply

Contact and Application Information:
General Inquiries: 1-888-CANPASS (1-888-226-7277) (Reporting of arrival)
General Inquiries: 1-800-461-9999 (Border Information Service)
TTY: 1-800-665-0354
Website and Application Form: Service Canada - CANPASS

Boats, motors and boat trailers may only be left in Canada during the off-season if you are having maintenance or repair work done on them at a bona fide marina. An E99 permit enables you to leave your boat at a marina while you travel in Canada.




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