Regulations Respecting Compulsory Insurance for Ships Carrying Passengers

The Regulations Respecting Compulsory Insurance for Ships Carrying Passengers (http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2018/2018-12-12/html/sor-dors245-eng.html) were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II on December 12, 2018.

These newly published Regulations require all commercial and public purpose ships engaged in the domestic carriage of passengers to maintain liability insurance for death or personal injury in a minimum amount of $250,000 multiplied by the passenger capacity of the ship. As a result, the Regulations:

  • Ensure that all passengers and/or their families receive financial compensation in the event of an incident while protecting vessel operators against catastrophic losses and possible civil actions from passengers.
  • Provide consistency with other modes of transportation that currently require liability insurance cover for personal injuries or death.

A Ship Safety Bulletin has been issued on the Regulations (https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/bulletins-2018-13-eng.htm).

We also invite you to read Transport Canada’s news release (https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2018/12/minister-garneau-announces-new-regulations-to-better-financially-protect-marine-passengers-in-the-event-of-marine-accidents.html).

To obtain a copy of the Certificate of Insurance template, please send an e-mail to marinesafety-securitemaritime@tc.gc.ca.