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Non-Pleasure Craft Sewage Pollution Prevention Regulations



Registration 1991-11-21

Regulations Respecting the Prevention of Pollution of Waters by Sewage from Ships Other Than Pleasure Craft

P.C. 1991-2258  1991-11-21

His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Transport, pursuant to sections 656* and 657* of the Canada Shipping Act, is pleased hereby to make the annexed Regulations respecting the prevention of pollution of waters by sewage from ships other than pleasure craft.

  • *R.S., c. 6 (3rd Supp.), s. 84

Short Title

 These Regulations may be cited as the Non-Pleasure CraftSewage Pollution Prevention Regulations.


 In these Regulations,


Act means the Canada Shipping Act; (Loi)

pleasure craft

pleasure craft means a floating ship that is used primarily for pleasure and includes a ship that is used for living purposes that does not have a permanent connection to a land-based sewage system; (embarcation de plaisance)


sewage means human excrement and wastes from toilets and other receptacles intended to receive or retain human body wastes or other wastes but does not include galley or washing-facility wastes. (eaux usées)

  • SOR/93-251, s. 2(F)

Prescribed Pollutant

 For the purposes of the definition "pollutant" in section 654 of the Act, sewage is a prescribed pollutant.


 Every owner of a ship other than a pleasure craft shall comply with these Regulations while in any body of water set out in the schedule to the Pleasure Craft Sewage Pollution Prevention Regulations.

Sewage Discharge

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no ship shall discharge sewage into any body of water described in the schedule referred to in section 4 and no person shall discharge or permit the discharge of sewage from a ship into any of those bodies of water.

  • (2) Sewage may be discharged from a ship into any body of water referred to in section 4

    • (a) to secure the safety of the ship or any person on board; or

    • (b) if the discharge results from damage to the ship or its equipment and if all reasonable precautions have been taken by persons on board the ship to prevent or minimize the discharge after the occurrence of the damage.

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