March 1, 2022
MARINE MEDICAL CERTIFICATE
SEAFARERS MEDICAL CERTIFICATE
As of March 1, 2022, Transport Canada under section 278 of the Marine Personnel Regulations will issue Marine Medical Certificates (MMCs) with two distinct expiry dates.
These new MMCs will specify a date valid for use on voyages to which the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) Convention applies. This date is indicated as the “STCW expiry date”, which may be valid for up to 2 years from the date of the marine medical examination.
These new MMCs will also specify a date valid for use on a voyage made within Canadian domestic waters. This date will be indicated on the document as the “domestic voyage expiry date,” which may be valid for up to 5 years from the date of the marine medical examination.
Please note that a MMC with any geographical limitations, subject to the seafarer’s unique health circumstances, will receive no more than 2 years of validity from the date of the marine medical examination.