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OPP urging boat owners to check their vessel license

The OPP is reminding you of a few changes in services and regulations out on the waterways.

New this year is the “*16” service. When you dial *16 on your cell phone, you will be connected to the nearest coast guard station.

OPP Media Relations Officer and Marine Operator Adam Crewdson says that this service is for emergencies only.


Crewdson says that the regulations surrounding boating licenses have also changed. Boating licenses now expire ten years after the date that they were issued.

Anyone who’s boating license is older than ten years will have to renew or redo the course.