Abandoned & Derelict Boats

Responsibility for boats is the owner's. If they abandon a boat, it may fall to the Canadian Coast Guard or Transport Canada to respond if the abandoned boat poses a threat to the environment or to navigation.


Transport Canada's webpage on abandoned boats has more details.

You can also download a pdf document (click here) clearly showing who to contact - either the Canadian Coast Guard (1-800-889-8852 if the boat poses a threat to the environment) or Transport Canada's Navigation Protection Program (604-775-8867 if the boat poses a threat to safe navigation, blocking other boats from a passage).