Update June 11, 2015

The details of the amendments to Ontario Regulation 316/03 are outlined in Ontario Regulation 135/15. Click here for details



And a drum roll please…..

Ontario Increasing On-Road Access for Off-Road and All-Terrain Vehicles

New Rules Will Also Strengthen Safety Requirements for Riders

June 8, 2015 1:00 P.M.

Ontario is enhancing on-road access for more types of off-road vehicles (ORVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) while increasing safety requirements for riders.

Beginning July 1, 2015, the province is implementing the following changes to ensure that ORV and ATV riders safely reach their destination:

  • More types of ORVs and ATVs, including two-up ATVs, side-by-side ATVs and utility-terrain vehicles (UTVs), will be allowed to use the shoulder of public roads.
  • All riders — including drivers and passengers of all ages — will have to wear a helmet and use a seatbelt or foot rests, where applicable

This month, the province is promoting the new rules before they come in force July 1st, 2015 to ensure that municipalities have enough time to make necessary by-law amendments and to remind riders and drivers about the change.

The province is also allowing an education period to take place between July 1 to Sept. 1, 2015, before violation tickets are issued. However, during this time police officers may still lay a charge through a summons.

Ontario is home to thousands of kilometres of recreational trails making it a popular destination for riders from across Canada and the world. The province consulted with a wide array of trail, municipal, industry, enforcement, as well as health and safety stakeholders to ensure the rules strike the right balance.

Enhancing Ontario’s tourism and recreational opportunities is part of the government’s plan for Ontario. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.


” Our government recognizes the importance of a vibrant, sustainable and safe powersports sector in Ontario, and we support providing Ontarians with more options to safely explore our vast province.”
– Steven Del Duca
Minister of Transportation


  • Off-road vehicle (ORVs) is a broad term that can include single-rider, two-up and side-by-side ATVs and utility terrain vehicles.
  • Drivers operating a permitted ORV along a road or highway must hold at least a G2 or M2 driver’s licence, and their vehicle must be registered and insured.
  • Previous to July 1, 2015, only single-rider ATV’s could operate along certain provincial and municipal highways.
Patrick Searle Minister’s Office
Patrick.Searle@ontario.caBob Nichols Communications Branch
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In case you were wondering…..

We have been told that the changes to Regulation 316 are being incorporated by Bill 31, “Transportation Statute Law Amendment Act (Making Ontario’s Roads Safer), 2015” in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. And, as of June 2nd, Bill 31 has passed the third reading and has received Royal Assent.

“Royal Assent is the final step of the legislative process and the formal means by which a bill passed by the Legislative Assembly becomes law. It is only once Royal Assent has been given that a bill becomes an act and forms part of the laws of Ontario. In addition to being a necessary part of the legislative process, Royal Assent has strong symbolic significance in Canada. It is the moment during the legislative process when the two constituent elements of the Legislative Assembly, the Lieutenant Governor and the members of the Assembly, join together to conclude the law-making process. It is a manifestation of the Crown-in-Parliament”

I don’t know if we should start celebrating or not…. any lawyers out there?