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Life Saving Equipment

Transport Canada has signed an agreement with the following Recognized Organizations (RO): American Bureau of Shipping; Bureau Veritas; Det Norske Veritas; Germanischer Lloyd and Lloyd’s Register, which authorizes them to approve products, items or equipment requiring type approval for use aboard Canadian vessels. Consequently, TC will no longer duplicate the approval process for life saving appliances, fire safety systems, equipment and products for which type approval certificates have been issued by these ROs when conditions detailed in Transport Canada Publication entitled: Approval Procedures for Life Saving Appliances and Fire Safety Systems, Equipment and Products (TP 14612) are met.

Additionally, life saving appliances, systems, equipment and products requiring Ministerial approval which are listed by a recognized Product Certification Body as having met the appropriate standards are approved for the purposes of the Regulations. At the present time, Transport Canada recognizes the following Product Certification Bodies:

  • Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC)
  • Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL)

You may access the lists of products approved by the Recognized Organization and Product Certification Bodies by visiting the following website:

Requirements for outboard engines: Outboard engines used on approved Emergency Boats and/or Rescue Boats for lifesaving equipment must be type approved by either an Administration or classification society as meeting the requirements of IMO Resolution MSC 81 (70) as amended. Recognizing that SOLAS approved outboard motors are not readily available on the retail or wholesale market, please consult with your local Marine Safety Office for advices or email:

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