An Act to amend the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 (certificate of competency)

This bill was last introduced in the 43rd Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2021.


Maxime Blanchette-Joncas  Bloc

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Outside the Order of Precedence (a private member's bill that hasn't yet won the draw that determines which private member's bills can be debated), as of March 25, 2021
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 in order for a foreign national who holds a diploma issued by a prescribed Canadian maritime institution to be eligible for a certificate of competency.


All sorts of information on this bill is available at LEGISinfo, an excellent resource from the Library of Parliament. You can also read the full text of the bill.

October 19th, 2022 / 5:35 p.m.
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Xavier Barsalou-Duval Bloc Pierre-Boucher—Les Patriotes—Verchères, QC

Thank you, Mr. Chair.

My first question is for Mr. Morel‑Laforce and Mr. Buy.

During the last legislature, my colleague from the Bloc Québécois, Maxime Blanchette‑Joncas, the MP for Rimouski‑Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques, sponsored Bill C‑281, An Act to amend the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 (certificate of competency), after listening to the grievances of the Institut maritime du Québec, which is based in Rimouski. A good number of international students were coming to Canada to learn how to pilot our boats and then, sadly, once they had finished their training, they had to go back to their home countries because they needed a permanent residency visa or a certificate of competency in order to work in their field.

I think we should amend the act, especially in light of the labour shortage, because those students learned how to use our system and were trained here. They could easily pilot our boats.

I would like to know if you would be in favour of amending the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, in order to allow people who have been trained here to stay.

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March 25th, 2021 / 10:05 a.m.
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Maxime Blanchette-Joncas Bloc Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques, QC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-281, An Act to amend the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 (certificate of competency).

Mr. Speaker, this morning, I am pleased to introduce a bill to amend the Canada Shipping Act, 2001.

This legislative measure will address head-on the labour shortage in the marine industry, which is a major concern. A foreign national who holds a diploma from a recognized school, such as the Institut maritime du Québec in Rimouski, will now also be able to benefit from the privileges that come with the certificate of competency and sail on the majestic St. Lawrence River.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)