Forgive me, but I believe Jackdale is once again in error about the first part of the question above.
"I do have the VHF operator license required in Canada. I understand from comments given that this is sufficient to operate a VHF in the U.S. Someone say true or false."
Jackdale responds true. It is not. To operate the radio (or even operate your boat with a radio affixed) in the US, you need a Canada issued Station License.
The next statement which contradicts the first is in fact the correct answer. Industry Canada issues the license - see my link above. This link:
IC-3020 — Application for a Maritime Mobile Radio Station Licence - Spectrum Management and Telecommunications
Is actually an easier to understand application document. It lists a pro-rated application fee depending on the month in which you apply. Which is odd, actually. The recurring fee is presently $36.