Import Regulations for Engines, Vessels & Off-Road Vehicles

The Government of Canada regulates emissions from recreational engines, vessels, and off-road vehicles. This includes marine vessels, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and snowmobiles.

Mandated by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) details emission standards for air pollutants and toxic substances from fuel systems of these vehicles.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) assists in administering CEPA’s requirements when importing the vehicles into Canada. Memorandum D19-7-4, Importation of Engines, Vehicles, Vessels and Machines outlines the requirements for the importation of recreational engines, vessels, and off-road vehicles.

Importing Engines, Vessels & Off-Road Vehicles

An Import Declaration Form must be submitted prior to import for the following:


  • 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 (fuel line or fuel tank installed).
  • This does not apply to portable fuel tanks or fuel lines.

Off-Road Vehicles

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

The Import Declaration Form must be completed by the importer of the above products when being into Canada for the purpose of sale and submitted to the Regulatory Administration Section, Transportation Division or Environment Canada. 

Non-Compliance Penalties

Any person who is not a company and imports more than 10 units of any combination of engines, vessels or vehicles in any calendar year must submit a declaration. If you do not submit the Import Declaration Form, you may be subject to the following penalties:











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