Last month the provincial government announced that it will be expanding the use off off-road vehicles in Ontario.

The province says it’s cutting red tape to make life easier for off-roaders and to increase the benefits to local tourism and the economy.

These off-road vehicles include dirt-bikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). The proposed measure will align with other provinces, including Manitoba and Alberta, that have extensive trail networks otherwise often inaccessible by road vehicles.

“Tourism and local businesses in many municipalities – especially rural and northern – are anticipated to benefit when more off-road enthusiasts are able to connect to more trail networks and surrounding community attractions,” said Associate Minister of Small Businesses and Red Tape Reduction, Prabmeet Sarkaria (MPP Brampton South).

Off-road motorcycles are proposed as an inclusion to the law. They would be classified as an Off Highway Vehicle with regulation 316/03 with the Ontario Federation of Trail Riders (OFTR). “[The new rule will] allow for great strides in tourism, economic development and recreational trail use in Ontario,” said OFTR President, Arthur Ash.

Allowing for off-road vehicles on roads includes certain rider safety requirements:

  • Riders must be at least 16 years old
  • Riders hold a valid G2 or M2 license
  • Riders must wear approved motorcycle helmet
  • Riders must carry the ATV/ORV’s registration permit

The proposal is part of the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act. For more information, see the Ontario news release here.