Transport Canada has approved a policy accepting American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) electrical standards for electric and hybrid vessel compliance in Canada. This new Tier I Policy allows the marine industry to use alternative industry standards where no requirements currently exist within Canada’s regulatory framework. The policy went into effect on Oct 25, 2022.
“This electric and hybrid vessel policy expands the already widely applied and accepted ABYC standards as the alternative to the existing Canadian construction requirements for small vessels set out in the Construction Standards for Small Vessels (TP 1332),” says ABYC Technical VP Craig Scholten. “Today, over 50% of the vessel Declarations of Conformities for Canadian compliance are using ABYC standards as the construction requirements in Canada.”