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The Centre for Marine Training and Research at Georgian College in Owen Sound, Ontario, is a maritime educational institution located on the Great Lakes that offers programs for future deck and engine officers, marine management for future chief engineers as well as short courses for continuous training for mariners who are looking to develop their skills.

For further information on available programs, visit:

Contact 519-376-0840 ext: 2601 |

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The Québec Maritime Institute in Rimouski, Québec, is an educational institution located on the St. Lawrence River offering programs in navigation, engineering, naval architecture, transportation logistics and professional diving leading to a college diploma. It is a Transport Canada-recognized school with programs leading to Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) officer certifications. This maritime institute offers courses exclusively in French.

Its continuous training center located in Lévis, Québec, offers specialized courses including all marine emergency duties. It can also offer custom made training for specific maritime-oriented needs. In 2018, it will offer a new vocational program in seamanship, training future deckhands and engine room ratings. This center offers French and English training.

For further information on available courses and programs, visit:

Contact 418-724-2822 |

For information on other schools and programs in the province of Québec offering courses and programs to train for unlicensed positions, or shore-based positions such as logistics, see the following link:

There are other educational institutions located outside of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region that also provide programs and courses in a variety of maritime careers.

Educational Institution Province Contact
Camosun College British Columbia 250-370-4016
Marine Institute at Memorial University Newfoundland and Labrador 709-778-0200
Western Maritime Institute British Columbia 866-632-6888
Nautical Institute – Nova Scotia Community College Nova Scotia 902-625-4228
New Brunswick Community College New Brunswick
College of the North Atlantic Newfoundland and Labrador 888-982-2268
Holland College New Brunswick 902-888-6485
British Columbia Institute of Technology British Columbia 604-453-4100

For a complete list of Transport Canada-approved training courses and locations, check the official Transport Canada guide.


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In both the U.S. and Canada, a complex system of endorsements and licensing exists to match the different occupations and vessel types. Generally, the employer or union provides the necessary information on requirements (sea time, education, etc.) for various shipboard positions.

In Canada, a mariner must at a minimum hold:

  • A valid Transport Canada Certificate of Competency (must be Canadian citizen or permanent resident);
  • Medical Certificate;
  • Complete the Marine Emergency Duties course.

Some employers may have further requirements pertaining to specific jobs, such as a valid passport and clearance to enter the United States.

For information on certification and requirements, contact a Transport Canada Marine safety local office by using the following link and choosing “Marine safety services” for the specific region of interest:

To access a list of Transport Canada-approved marine medical examiners:

For information on different certificates for specific shipboard positions, visit the marine personnel regulations website: