Assemblyman Mark Walczyk, MP Michael Barrett Partner To ‘Reel-In’ Clarity for American, Canadian Boaters

New York State Assemblyman Mark Walczyk announced Thursday that he has partnered with Member of Parliament Michael Barrett to provide clarity for boaters that travel along the international waterways of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

Americans travelling into Canadian waters for discretionary purposes like leisure and touring, including pleasure fishing and sightseeing (known as loop movements), are not required to report to the CBSA as long as the boat does not land on Canadian soil, anchor, moor or come alongside another boat in Canadian waters.If an American boat drops anchor, docks or hooks up with another boat, while on the Canadian side, they will be required to inform CBSA officials.More information can be found here.

For Canadians entering American waters, those fishing or pleasure boating will not have to check in with Border Patrol.However, if a Canadian boat drops anchor, docks or hooks up with another boat, they will be required to inform Border Patrols officials.Should this occur, Canadian boaters need to provide proof of citizenship and full vaccination status.More information on requirements for entering US waters can be found here.

“The mighty St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario are home to some of the best fishing you’ll find anywhere and are unquestionably a cornerstone of the region’s tourism economy in America and in Canada,” said Assemblyman Walczyk. “I’d like to sincerely thank MP Barrett for working with me to deliver clarity on boating in our shared waterways.After combatting high water and COVID regulations for the past several years, it’s refreshing to see the long-awaited return to normalcy along our border communities.”

“After the challenges of COVID restrictions from the past two years, restoring leisure access and hope to the region’s tourism economy is encouraging news for Canadians and Americans to be able to enjoy our shared waterways and the excellent fishing found in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, and I am grateful for the work and partnership of Assemblyman Walczyk to bring about this update,” said MP Barrett. “I will also keep advocating for removing restrictions on the tourism industry, lifting mandates, and opening the border to restore travel confidence in Canada and especially for our border communities.”

This is not the first time that Assemblyman Walczyk and MP Barrett have worked together on protecting the interests of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario.In January of 2020, Walczyk and MP Barrett hosted IJC US Commissioner Jane Corwin to discuss the impact Plan 2014 is having on the communities and economies along the US and Canadian border.More information on this meeting can be found by clicking here.