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The Powered Vessel Operator’s Permit (also known as a Harbour License) is issued by the Harbour Master's Office and is specific to the Port and Harbour of Toronto.
The Pleasure Craft Operators Card is issued by Transport Canada for all Canadian waterways.
Currently BOTH are required to operate a POWERED vessel within the jurisdiction of the Toronto Port Authority.
Please visit the Powered Vessel Operator's Permit section of our website
You can register your personal vessel by contacting the Transport Canada Marine Safety Office at 1-800-267-6687 or on its website.
If you’re planning to bring your powered boat into the Toronto Port Authority’s jurisdiction, you will need to apply for a Powered Vessel Operator’s Permit from the Toronto Port Authority.
Visitor Permits valid for 14 consecutive days are also available.
The Toronto Port Authority conducts regular dredging of the harbour. If you see any pollution, spill or debris that requires cleaning, please call the Harbour Hotline at 416-462-3937.
The Port no longer hosts a ferry service to Rochester, New York. However, the Toronto Port Authority does operate ferry service to Billy Bishop Airport.
The Toronto Port Authority has jurisdiction over all waters within the Port and Harbour of Toronto; this includes both the busy inner and outer harbours as well as surrounding areas.
The juridical boundaries, (see map) in the west extend into Lake Ontario for one mile due south from the mouth of the Humber River, draw a line to a point one mile due south of Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island and continue east to a line extending for one mile due south of Victoria Park (in essence the boundaries of the old City of Toronto).
There are two public boat launches in Toronto; Humber Bay Park West in the west end and Ashbridges Bay Park in the east end.
Travel by boat from either launch is approximately 8 km to the Toronto Inner Harbour.
There are seven marinas operating in the immediate Toronto area.
Outer Harbour Marina
Toronto Island Marina
Harbourfront Centre (operates Marina Quay West, Marina Four and John Quay)
Ontario Place Marina
Bluffer’s Park Marina
Please note that there is no free berthing available for visitors/transients in the City of Toronto. Also, all visitors to the Port and Harbour of Toronto are required to hold a Powered Vessel Operator's Permit. Visitor Permits are available for 14-day periods through the Permit Office (416-778-1230).
The Toronto Port Authority operates the Leslie Street Lakefill Site at the bottom of Leslie Street. The site only accepts the following materials:
The following materials are prohibited at the site:
Further information and the list of prohibited items can be found in the Notice to Contractors and Truckers. This information can also be requested by phone at 416-462-1261 ext. 5.
Access cards are available for purchase at 62 Villiers St. for $33 per load (tax included). Site office hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.The lakefill site is open Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
If you are heading to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA) the ferry is located at the foot of Bathurst St. The ferry service that serves the airport is operated by the Toronto Port Authority.
The airport ferry travels across the 122 m of water between the BBTCA and the mainland. The ferry departs every 15 minutes starting at 5:15 AM (to the airport) with the last ferry from the BBTCA to the mainland departing at 12:07 AM. View the BBTCA ferry schedule here.
You can also call 416-203-6942 ext. 17 for further information.
If you are heading to the Toronto Islands you will board at the bottom of Bay St. (adjacent to the west side of the Westin Hotel). This ferry service is operated by the City of Toronto. Click here to view the Toronto Island ferry schedule. For additional information, call 416-392-8193.
The Toronto Port Authority operates the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, the Port of Toronto and the Outer Harbour Marina. We are proud to be partners in securing Toronto's economic prosperity and enhancing its beautiful waterfront for all to enjoy.
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