Information Bulletin — Minister Manley delegates to the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS) the authority to issue Restricted Operator Certificates (Maritime)

Ottawa, September 1, 2000 – John Manley, Minister of Industry, today announced that Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS) has been delegated authority to issue Restricted Operator Certificates (Maritime) to pleasure craft operators. In conjunction with this delegation, CPS will administer all aspects of the examination program to ensure that radio operators have successfully demonstrated a knowledge of marine radiocommunication procedures.

In administering this program, CPS will interact with approximately 900 accredited examiners located across Canada who provide service to the boating public by offering training and conducting examinations on marine radiocommunication procedures. CPS will issue a wallet size radio operator certificate to qualified candidates. Industry Canada will continue its role of assuring regulatory compliance by radio operators who use the marine band frequencies.

This partnership between Industry Canada and CPS is consistent with the Government of Canada's objective of, where practicable, fostering partnerships with private organizations to improve services to Canadians.

CPS is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization with approximately 40,000 members across Canada. Its mission is to increase awareness and knowledge of safe boating by educating and training members and the public, by fostering fellowship among members and establishing partnerships and alliances with organizations and agencies interested in boating.

For more information, please contact: 

Tom Jones
Chief, Authorization
Radiocommunications and
Broadcasting Regulatory Branch
Industry Canada
613-990-4747

This information and other documents are available on the CPS internet site at: 

http://www.cps-ecp.ca
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