New boating safety regulations have been introduced by the federal government to help reduce the number of boating fatalities and accidents that occur each year. Highlights of the changes include the introduction of:
Before heading out, you need to know the laws, regulations and local rules. These generally include: collision regulations, small vessel regulations, local rules concerning safe speeds, vessel separation/right of way, and key laws that apply to the operation of all vessels, regardless of size. In addition, there are criminal code laws concerning impaired or dangerous driving and other activities.
To navigate safely, you should know and understand many things. For example: Canadian buoyage system, the use of marine charts, compasses, navigation lights and signals, plotting courses, positioning methods, navigational references such as notices to mariners, sailing directions and the use of electronic navigational equipment.
Please use the links below to view the federal government website for information on registering your boat and obtaining application forms:
Or, you can call 1-800-O-Canada for more information.
Such claims are:
Road Liability Claims: These types of claims pertain to damages to an individual’s vehicle arising from highway maintenance and construction activities. In these circumstances an individual may submit detailed information in writing for consideration and investigation by the province.
The Ministry of Transportation does not, itself, handle claims arising out of highway maintenance issues. The Ontario government has adjusters with the Ministry of Government Services (MGS) who deal with such matters on behalf of MTO.
If you feel that you have a valid Road Liability claim, submit your information including date, time and location of loss and the nature of the property damage to:
Ministry of Government Services
Ontario Shared Services
General Administrative Services Delivery Branch
Risk Management and Insurance Services
700 University Avenue, 6th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2S4
Phone (416) 314-3440; Fax (416) 314-3444
Buildings, Wells and/or Salt Liability Claims: These types of claims pertain to well and/or land/building damage that may have been caused through highway construction or highway maintenance related activities. In these circumstances an individual may submit detailed information in writing for consideration and investigation by the province.
If you feel that you have a valid Building, Well or Salt Liability claim, submit, in writing, details of the nature of the damage to:
Ministry of Transportation of Ontario
Contract Management and Operations Branch
Operations Office, Municipal and Highway Services Section
301 St Paul St 2nd Floor
St Catharines, Ontario L2R 7R4
Phone (905) 704-2998; Fax (905) 704-2777
If you wish to report the location of potholes or other highway maintenance problems, contact the ministry district office in your area. Please note that the ministry is responsible for the maintenance of provincial highways (401, QEW etc.). For local or regional roads, contact the municipality involved. See the Blue Pages for the telephone numbers.
To file a complaint about potholes or general road conditions, please call MTO INFO at 416-235-4686 or toll-free at 1-800-268-4686. (TTY: 905-704-2426 or 1-866-471-8929)
For up-to-date information on current highway conditions due to weather or construction, please call Road Information toll free at 1-800-268-4686 (TTY: 1-866-471-8929)or in the Toronto calling area 416-235-4686 (TTY: 905-704-2426).
Volunteers (individuals or groups) agree to adopt a section of highway right-of-way and keep it clean. If you wish to participate in the program complete a special agreement with the ministry and in return you'll be recognized by a ministry sign acknowledging your efforts.
Ontario's adopt-a-highway program is a public service program designed to have volunteers pick up litter along certain provincial highway rights-of-way. Through participation in the program, Ontario residents can make a meaningful and personal contribution to a cleaner environment.
Please note that only volunteers who have received the required ministry safety training, either from a ministry representative or from the authorized group representative and have signed the agreement are allowed to participate in the program.
For more information, contact the ministry's district office in your area or contact MTO INFO toll free 1-800-268-4686 (TTY: 1-866-471-8929).
To maintain the efficiency of the provincial highway system and to ensure public safety, all development next to highways must comply with standards and requirements set by the ministry and perhaps the municipality. These standards affect many aspects of development, including the availability of highway access, the location and design of a building entrance, drainage, the location and size of signs, etc.
Understanding ministry requirements and procedures will prevent unnecessary delays. Therefore, it is important that you discuss your proposal with the Corridor Management Officer in your ministry district office.
Depending on the nature of your proposal, you may require one or more of these permits:
Entrance permits: new entrances to the highway, change in use of existing entrances (field use to residential use), relocation of existing entrances, paving of existing entrances, temporary entrances, change in ownership, change in design, altering any existing entrance.
Building/land use permits: new building and structures, additions to existing buildings, wells and septic systems, underground and above ground storage tanks, fences and hedges, trees, shrubs, gravel pits, parking areas.
Sign permits: All signs within 400 m of the highway (including temporary and portable signs) require ministry permits.
Encroachment permits: All work and installations, municipal or private, within the highway right-of-way (including landscaping, placing of culverts or pipes, paving, etc.) require encroachment permits.
General policies and guidelines: No signs of any sort are allowed on ministry rights-of-way (i.e. real estate, garage sale, etc.) Headwalls at entrances are not allowed under any circumstances. It is an offence to deposit any snow or material on the highway (i.e. Pushing or blowing snow across roadways may result in a collision. The person responsible for depositing the material can be held responsible.) All mailbox posts on ministry rights-of-way must be within a maximum diameter of six inches, and must conform to ministry regulations. No other form of post or support is allowed on ministry rights-of-way.
Information and necessary forms are available from your local ministry district office. For more information, please contact MTO INFO toll free at 1-800-268-4686 or 416-235-4686. (TTY: 1-866-471-8929 or 905-704-2426)
For more information about the "tourism oriented direction signs", please call 1-888-263-9333 or 905-851-1322.
Yield to Bus is a new provincial law designed to improve transit flow and make transit service more reliable and efficient. The new law requires drivers to yield the right-of-way to buses leaving bus bays to merge with the traffic.
It is very difficult to keep a bus on schedule when other drivers don't let the bus back into the travel lane. The new law makes it easier for buses to merge back into traffic and helps to keep buses on schedule. This law improves transit service reliability, especially during rush hours.
The Yield to Bus legislation was introduced by the Province to help improve transit flow in urban areas. It was requested by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA), and a number of individual municipal transit systems.
No. A number of transit systems (TTC, OC Transpo, Mississauga Transit, etc.) had voluntary programs whereby drivers were encouraged to let the bus back in as a courtesy. The new law makes it mandatory.
The requirement to yield to buses leaving bus bays is provincial legislation, contained in Section 142.1 of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).
Section 142.1 of the HTA is in effect as of January 2, 2004.
The new law applies to every municipality in Ontario that has transit service with the Yield to Bus sign on the rear of their buses.
Yes. Yield to Bus legislation has been implemented in a number of jurisdictions in North America. In Canada, it has been the law in Quebec since 1982 and in BC since 1999. In the USA it has been implemented in a number of states including Washington State (since 1993), Oregon (since 1998) and Florida (since 1999).
The new law applies to municipal transit and to GO Transit buses displaying this sign on the rear, above the left turn signal.
No. The current requirement for stopping for school buses is unchanged and will not be affected by the new law.
When a bus displaying the Yield to Bus sign signals its intention to leave a bus bay by activating the left turn signal, drivers approaching from the rear in the lane adjacent to the bus bay are required to slow down or stop to allow the bus to re-enter the lane, unless it is unsafe to do so.
For the purpose of this law, bus bays are bus stops that require buses to exit from and re-enter an adjacent lane of traffic. They include mid-block indented bays, the indentation in the sidewalk immediately before and after intersections, and bus stops between legally parked cars.
Yes. The law applies to "every driver of a vehicle". That includes cars, taxis, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles and other buses.
Infractions under the Yield to Bus law carry a fine of $90. Drivers charged could settle out of court by paying the fine, much like other traffic tickets.