Transport Canada, like the United States Coast Guard, classifies Stand Up Paddleboards as human powered vessels when they are being used for navigation. When being used within the surf zone for surfing activities these requirements are not in force. When undertaking a trip or circuit such as a group crossing or solo outing, this is considered navigation.
As human powered vessels, Stand Up Paddleboards are subject to all carriage requirements, including lifejackets. There must be one Canadian approved lifejacket or personal floatation device available on board and available for immediate use. (http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obs-resources-menu-4139.htm)
Per the Transport Canada Safe Boating Guide (http://www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/marinesafety/TP-511e.pdf), the minimum safety equipment on a SUP is:
PERSONAL LIFESAVING APPLIANCES
1. One (1) lifejacket or PFD for each person on board
2. One (1) buoyant heaving line at least 15 m (49’3”) long**
*Note: Paddleboards are exempt from the requirement to carry a reboarding device under section 310(b) of the Small Vessel Regulations as they are under the 0.5m vertical height to reboard limit
**Note: If everyone on board is wearing a lifejacket or a PFD of appropriate size no heaving line is required. Inflatable waist style PFDs by definition are not inherently bouyant.
1. One (1) sound-signalling device or appliance
2. Navigation lights are only required if you operate the boat after sunset,before sunrise or in periods of restricted visibility (fog,falling snow, etc.).