Contact the Canadian Coast Guard: Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels

Call 911 for emergency services if:

  • lives are in danger
  • there is a maritime emergency
  • you’ve seen suspicious activities
  • the vessel is an immediate and serious threat to public safety because of fire or explosion

Report the vessel to the Canadian Coast Guard and don’t touch it if it:

  • appears to have been abandoned
  • appears to be a military or heritage wreck
  • appears to be in a worn-down state (dilapidated) and has been in the same location for an extended period of time without authorization
  • may pose a risk to the environment or to the health and well-being of the community (for example, the vessel is in poor condition and could harm the environment if it sinks)

In cases where you know or believe you know the identity of the owner, consider providing that information to the Canadian Coast Guard.

Contact Transport Canada’s Navigation Protection Program if the vessel:

  • makes navigation dangerous
  • may be a threat to safe navigation
  • blocks other boats from a waterway

Contact the Receiver of Wreck if you want to import, salvage, take possession of, or otherwise report a found wreck at a regional office of the Navigation Protection Program.

By phone

Provincial and territorial offices

Alberta

  • 1-800-889-8852

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • 1-800-565-1633

Ontario

  • 1-800-363-4735

Yukon

  • 1-800-363-4735

British Columbia

  • 1-800-889-8852

Northwest Territories

  • 1-800-363-4735

Prince Edward Island

  • 1-800-565-1633

Manitoba

  • 1-800-889-8852

Nova Scotia

  • 1-800-565-1633

Quebec

  • 1-800-363-4735

New Brunswick

  • 1-800-565-1633

Nunavut

  • 1-800-363-4735

Saskatchewan

  • 1-800-889-8852