Import Regulations for Engines, Vessels & Off-Road Vehicles

Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act set performance-based emission standards for air pollutants and toxic substances from gasoline-fueled marine engines, fuel systems used in recreational marine vessels, and off-road recreational vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and snowmobiles.

Canada Border Services Agency administers these requirements governing importations into Canada.

An Import Declaration Form is required to be submitted to the Regulatory Administration Section, Transportation Division, of Environment Canada prior to importation of the following prescribed classes of engines, vessels and vehicles:


  • Outboard and inboard engines (including stern drive) and personal watercraft engines.
  • This declaration does not apply to diesel-powered engines.


  • Boats propelled by a prescribed engine, in which a fuel line or fuel tank is installed.
  • This does not apply to portable fuel tanks or fuel lines.


  • Snowmobiles, off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility vehicles.

The new Importation Declaration Form must be completed by the importer of the above products when being into Canada for the purpose of sale


Any person who is not a company and imports more than 10 units of any combination of the above products in any calendar year.











The courts may impose penalties in accordance with the penalty regime specified in CEPA, Section 272 and onwards.

For more information or to find out how we can help with your imports and exports, contact the nearest PF Collins office or our Consulting Group at