BOLTON, ON — The National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada (NMMA Canada) is pleased with the announcement of the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council Joint Forward Plan. According to the August 29, 2014 press release issued by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the plan sets the stage for fundamental changes in the way regulatory departments and agencies in both countries work together, making it easier for businesses to operate in both countries. The plan commits to deepening the level of regulatory cooperation between Canada and the U.S., a benefit to marine manufacturers on both sides of the border.
“NMMA has worked with officials at Transport Canada over the past few years on the alignment of boat construction standards between Canada and the U.S., making it easier for marine businesses to sell product in North America,” said Sara Anghel, executive director/vice-president government relations, NMMA Canada. “I am pleased that the federal government has acknowledged the importance of this to the recreational boating industry and has built a plan to move forward.”
As cited in the joint Canada-US press release, Transport Canada has developed a Memoranda of Understanding with the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) to move into closer alignment with the U.S. by incorporating ABYC standards and NMMA Certification for boat construction. This will reduce duplication of work for both administrations and will reduce the burden on boat manufacturers. As well, Transport Canada and the U.S. Coast Guard are drafting a Memorandum of Understanding covering enhanced collaboration for ongoing alignment, compliance monitoring and recalls.
Further meetings are to take place in order to complete the goal of alignment between Canada and the U.S. Next steps include consultations in Washington D.C. on October 8, 2014. NMMA Canada looks forward to continuing to work with the Government of Canada and other stakeholders to provide input on behalf of the recreational boating industry to ensure that together, we can generate the greatest benefit for the North American boating community.