August 10, 2021 | Circular No. 11310

Dear Member,

As you may be aware, Transport Canada (TC) is drafting new regulations to reflect amendments made to the Pilotage Act under the Budget Implementation Act of 2019. TC has proposed a number of regulations in what is referred to as “drafting instructions” covering administrative monetary penalties, management systems, and the consolidation of the regulations of all four Pilotage Authorities into one common set of regulations.

The Federation’s response to these proposals can be found at this LINK.  You will note that our submission underlines the need for the concepts of “efficiency” and “cost-effectiveness” to be embedded in the new regulations – as both ideas are lacking in today’s pilotage system.  We will continue our representations over the next two months – especially on the need for efficiency procedures to be built into the pilotage authorities’ management systems to ensure that these key elements become part of the day-to-day management of pilotage services.

Following this period of consultation, TC is planning to publish the regulatory text of the new Marine Pilotage Regulations in Part I of the Canada Gazette in November or December 2021, followed ​by a 30-day comment period.  Their objective is to publish in Part II (and set in law) by the early part of 2022.

Yours truly,

Michael Broad