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Tools for harbour authorities

This harbour authority (HA) toolbox contains information and resources to help HAs carry out day-to-day operations in their small craft harbours (SCH). The toolbox provides documents created by the SCH program, HAs and other government programs, as well as some useful external links. The information contained in this toolbox aims to assist HAs but should in no way be interpreted as direction or counsel by any government body.

Finance and management

Business planning guide
Contains information on how to build a business plan.
Fee collection tips
Provides unofficial information on ways to collect fees from harbour users.
Financial reporting guide
Contains a financial reference guide and reporting templates to assist HAs.
GST/HST information sheet (Bilingual)
This publication provides information on the Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) for HAs.
Information to provide HAs with the guidance and knowledge of various funding assistance opportunities.


Clean harbour initiatives
Best practices for environmental management plans and managing harbour washrooms, vessel pumpout facilities and storm water.
Response to a used oil spill demonstration (video)
A used oil spill from a storage tank can happen at any time at a small craft harbours site. That is why it is important to be prepared when this kind of environmental emergency happens. This video will demonstrate how to prepare and what to do during and after such an event. This includes spill kit preparation, what to wear during the event and actions to take during and after.
National Environmental Management Plan
An environmental management plan (EMP) is a document that serves as a reference guide to ensure proper environmental management for everyone involved with harbour activities. This document serves as a generic EMP for any typical harbour.
Site-specific environmental emergency response plan template (with tank)
An environmental emergency can happen anytime, especially when a storage tank is located on site. It's important to have an environmental emergency response plan (EERP) to be able to properly prepare for such event.
Used oil
This tool serves as guidance on used oil management.

Maintenance and operations

Harbour authority manual
Finance, governance and operation manuals.
Emergency procedures manual for harbour authorities
Manual outlining various emergency situations and appropriate actions to take to minimize loss of life and property damage.
Abandoned and wrecked vessels removal program
Apply for funding to remove or dispose of abandoned or wrecked vessels in SCH.
Signage guidelines and checklist
This brochure was produced by the SCH program, Maritimes and Gulf regions to encourage HAs to develop a signage plan for their harbour(s) and to work at its implementation.
Harbour authority berthage agreement template
This template was produced by the SCH program to present a berthage agreement sample containing standard clauses.
Sample of general harbour rules
The Harbour rules template was developed by SCH to provide HAs a sample of rules they can use at their harbour. HAs may adapt and customize according to their harbour requirements.
Letters for HAs in the event of non-compliance

These template letters were developed to assist HAs in instances of non-compliance with HA rules.

Harbour authority licence templates

These licence templates were produced by SCH to provide HAs with standard clauses when an HA decides to enter into a licence agreement.

Harbour authority sublease templates

This sublease template was produced by SCH to provide HAs with standard clauses when entering into a sublease.

Volunteers and governance

SCH Advisory Committees — Orientation Package (PDF, 1.36 MB)
Information for new members
Transition package for HAs
Canada Not-For-Profit Act


General information on insurance coverages
Compare the types of insurance coverages available to HAs.
Third party liability insurance
Information, procedures and templates for HAs.
Directors and officers liability insurance
Information on coverage for HAs.
Accidental death and dismemberment, and bodily injury insurance
Information on coverage for HAs.
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