Laws & Regulations
In Canada, ATV and UTV certification is often required for multiple forms of employment, depending on the scope of work.
ATV Safety Gear and Age Requirements
In Canada, regardless of provincial regulations, all students and instructors must wear an approved helmet at all times when operating an ATV or UTV, regardless of age or experience level.
This online course is for those aged 16 years or older. The Canada Safety Council does a separate ATV Rider’s course for children under the age of 16 with parental permission. For more information, please visit the Canada Safety Council.
Ride Safe and Legal!
Before heading out on the trails, please remember the following tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride:
- Always wear appropriate safety gear when riding.
- Ensure your ATV or UTV is properly registered and titled.
- Always stay on designated trails. Stay off paved roads.
- Obtain the landowner’s permission before going on private land.
- Know before you go – contact the land management agency to find out about open ATV trails or routes.
- Never, ever ride an ATV or UTV while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The laws and regulations on this page are meant as a quick reference for ATV riders. It is your responsibility to know ALL ATV laws before heading out on the trails. These regulations can vary by province or territory so be sure to plan ahead.