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Watercraft Inspection Program

The annual watercraft inspection program has ended for 2020. The program operates from late spring, through the summer and into the middle of the fall.

The AIS Open-water Season checklist is step-by-step resource that can help you comply with the Manitoba government’s AIS Regulation.

To prevent the spread of AIS, surface water-users should be aware of the requirements before moving watercraft and water-related equipment (e.g., anchor, bait bucket, PFD) from one water body to another. These requirements are in effect year round.

The overland movement of watercraft is the primary vector for transporting AIS to uninvaded water bodies in North America. A watercraft, as defined under The Water Protection Act means a motor boat, sailboat, personal watercraft, canoe or other thing designed to transport a person on water.


A watercraft inspector conducting a decontamination on a watercraft at the Headingley Watercraft Inspection Station, Headingley, Manitoba.
A watercraft inspector conducting a decontamination on a watercraft at the Headingley Watercraft Inspection Station, Headingley, Manitoba.