For those whose cottages are located in busy boat traffic areas, it is a good idea to set out private buoys to remind boaters of the rules of speed and safety.
If you do, be sure you are adhering to the following regulations.
Private Buoy Regulations
Statutory Orders and Regulations (SOR) 99-335
1. In these Regulations, “private buoy” means a buoy that is not owned by the federal government, a provincial government or a government agency.
2. These Regulations apply to every private buoy other than private buoys used to mark fishing gear.
3. No person shall place in any Canadian waters a private buoy that interferes with or is likely to interfere with the navigation of any vessel, or that misleads or is likely to mislead the operator of any vessel.
4. (1) No person shall place a private buoy in any Canadian waters unless:
(a) the part of the buoy that shows above the surface of the water is at least 15.25 cm wide and at least 30.5 cm high;
(b) the buoy displays, on opposite sides, the capital letters “PRIV” that are
(i) as large as is practical for the size of the buoy, and
(ii) white when the background colour is red, green or black;
(iii) black when the background colour is white or yellow;
(c) the buoy complies with the requirements set out in Canadian Aids to Navigation (TP 968) published by the Canadian Coast Guard in 1995, as amended from time to time;
(d) the buoy displays, in a conspicuous location and in a permanent and legible manner, the name, address and telephone number of its owner;
(e) the buoy is constructed and maintained in a manner and with materials that ensure that it remains in position and retains the characteristics specified in paragraphs (a) to (d); and
(f) the buoy’s anchor is constructed and maintained in a manner and with materials that ensure that it remains in position.
(2) The owner of a private buoy placed in any Canadian waters shall ensure that the information required by paragraph (1)(d) is accurate at all times.
5. If there is a need for increased visibility or better identification of a buoy for safety and the prevention of accidents, the Minister of Transport may order the owner of the buoy to modify it according to the requirements set out in the Procedures Manual for Design and Review of Short-range Aids to Navigation Systems (TP 9677), published in March 1989 by the Canadian Coast Guard, as amended from time to time. SOR/2002-19, s. 1; SOR/2010-27, s. 1.
6. (Previous Version) No person shall place in any Canadian waters a private buoy that has a light unless the light remains lit throughout the night and meets the requirements referred to in paragraph 4(1)(c).
7. (Removal) The Minister of Transport may remove from any Canadian waters a private buoy that does not comply with these Regulations.
From: Private Buoy Regulations
Statutory Orders and Regulations
CANADA SHIPPING ACT, 2001