Senator Runciman’s bill to assist cross-border recreational boaters gains Senate approval

June 15, 2017 by

downloadSenator Bob Runciman’s bill to ease Customs reporting requirements for boaters is expected to receive Royal Assent and become law next week.

The House of Commons adopted the bill Monday and the Senate voted Tuesday to accept the amendment, meaning the only step left is Royal Assent.

The bill amends the Customs Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to exempt boaters who cross into Canadian waters from reporting to Canada Customs, provided they don’t land, anchor, moor or come into contact with another vessel.

Runciman says “This is great news for boaters and for the tourism industry of border communities across Canada.”

He added,  “It will help Americans and Canadians alike and I could not be happier that it will become law in time for the boating season.”

Runciman credited Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MP Gord Brown with moving the bill quickly through the House of Commons.