Senator Runciman Hoping to Make Boating Less Stressful for American Neighbours

A new bill before the Senate may make boating in the area less stressful this summer.

Senator Bob Runciman introduced Bill S-233 yesterday (February 1st) that would amend the Customs Act and Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

The bill would exempt American boaters for checking in with Customs when they cross into Canadian waters, provided they do not drop anchor or arrive on shore.

The bill would solve a touchy issue since dating back to 2011 which saw an American fishing boat was fined a $1000 for slipping over the border.

Runciman hopes the bill will become a law by the time this year's boating season begins.