Woodstock Police Service has partnered with Pittock/Upper Thames Conservation Authority
and the Ministry of Natural Resources in the initiative "Operation Dry Water".
Operation Dry Water is a national awareness and enforcement campaign focused on
reducing the number of alcohol and drug related fatalities and incidents on our
This program was created by the Canadian Safe Boating Council.
Alcohol is a factor in 40 percent of boating fatalities.
Woodstock Police officers, Pittock Enforcement officers and the MNR will be educating
boaters, checking vessels for equipment and operators for impairment this long weekend.
Alcohol and Boating - Operation while impaired
Boating while impaired is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada.
Operators could face the following fines:
- 1st offence: at least One Thousand ($1,000) fine
- 2nd offence: at least Thirty (30) days of imprisonment
- 3rd offence: at least One Hundred Twenty (120) days of imprisonment
Consumption of Alcohol
Alcohol may be consumed on board the pleasure craft only if it meets all of the
- The vessel has permanent sleeping facilities
- The vessel has permanent cooking facilities
- The vessel has a permanent toilet
- The vessel is anchored or secured alongside a dock
If you have open alcohol on board you can face a fine up to $200.
Standards for Safety Equipment
A personal flotation device, lifejacket, lifebuoy, self-igniting light, pyrotechnic
distress signal or life raft required by these Regulations shall meet the applicable
standards and tests set out in the schedule.
A mark or label on the safety equipment required by these Regulations, and any manufacturer's
instructions or recommendations, shall be in English and French.
If you do not have the proper equipment on your vessel than you could face fines
up to $125 - $245 for each offence.
For more information visit the
Transport Canada Website.
The WOODSTOCK POLICE SERVICE would like to encourage anyone having information about
distracted, aggressive or impaired drivers of any type of vehicle to contact WOODSTOCK
POLICE SERVICE at 519-537-2323 or Crime Stoppers 421-TIPS (8477) or toll free at
- Woodstock Police Service: 519-537-2323
- Crime Stoppers: 519-421-TIPS (8477) or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
- Website: www.woodstockpolice.ca
- Domestic Abuse Services of Oxford: 24 hour crisis line at 1-800-265-1938
- Victim Assistance Services Oxford County: 519-537-2824
- Canadian Anti Fraud Centre: 1-888-495-8501 or
- Counterfeit Money: