Recreational Boating AIS Prevention Programs

Inspection/Decontamination: Ontario


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Program component has been implemented in this jurisdiction

Program component has not yet been implemented in this jurisdiction

Program Component



Implementation of inspections

Not related to boating pathway

Implementation of self-inspection at launch points

Self-inspections are not implemented

Availability of decontamination infrastructure

While decontamination stations are available in the Lake Simcoe watershed as part of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan, decontamination infrastructure is not available on a province-wide level

LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS A watercraft inspection and decontamination program (or elements thereof) is authorized

A program is not currently in place but legislation authorizes this if regulations are developed specifically for recreational boating

PROHIBIT POSSESSION AND TRANSPORT The possession, movement, or transport of aquatic invasive species is prohibited

As it relates to prohibited species

AUTHORITY TO INSPECT CONVEYANCES The relevant state/provincial agency has authority to stop, detain, and/or inspect boats and/or establish inspection stations

As it relates to prohibited species

DECONTAMINATION Designated personnel of the relevant state/provincial agency have authority to decontaminate a boat based on the presence or suspected presence of AIS, as determined during an inspection

As it relates to prohibited species

RESPONSIBILITIES There is a legal mandate for boaters to decontaminate their boats, regardless of whether or not inspection stations or decontaminations services are available

Only for regulated invasive species

CERTIFICATION The relevant state/provincial agency has legal authority to establish an inspection/decontamination certification program for the purpose of reciprocity with other jurisdictions for inspection/decontamination responsibilities

Unknown- we will check with enforcement.

DRYING TIME Mandatory drying periods can be imposed via administrative orders or impoundment of a boat

Only if the boat carrying a prohibited invasive species or suspected prohibited species

PROHIBIT PLACEMENT Launching a boat into waters of the state without first complying with all relevant AIS prevention regulations is prohibited

As it pertains to regulated species