Changes To Boating Rules In The Works

Sarnia-Lambton’s MP says boating rules could soon be harmonized between Canada and the U.S.

Currently, the Canada Border Services Agency requires operators who cross the international border to report in by telephone. Canadian and U.S. boaters who fail to do so could be fined $1,000 and have their vessel seized.

U.S. customs only requires boaters to report in if they land at a U.S. dock or interact with U.S. boaters on the open water.

Pat Davidson says she has met with Canadian Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney to discuss the issue and changes could be on the way.

Davidson says the fact that the regulations aren’t the same is very confusing for anglers on the St. Clair River, as it’s impossible to know where the imaginary line for the border is.