DRYDEN – OUTDOORS – The Ontario Ministry of Transport are increasing access to safety training and licensing for snowmobilers. In response to long-standing requests from the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC), the Minister of Transportation John Yakabuski announced that, for the first time ever, safety training will be made available online.
“We recognize that safety is critical and it starts with proper rider training and licensing,” says John Yakabuski, Minister of Transportation. “We also recognize that the delivery of this online service will be an effective way to reach – and teach – new generations of snowmobile riders.”
Administered through a long-standing partnership between the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs and the Ministry of Transportation, the safety and licensing courses have historically been taught in-class. “On behalf of snowmobilers across the Province of Ontario, the OFSC welcomes this announcement and applauds Minister Yakabuski and the Government of Ontario for their support of our sector. Expanded training options are not only a convenience, they will ultimately contribute towards a safer snowmobiling environment,” said Ryan J. Eickmeier, Executive Director Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Club.
With the development of the online option, it’s anticipated that safety and licensing training will serve a great number of people in many more areas throughout the province. “My ministry staff stands ready to assist the OFSC in the development of the online program – one that meets the needs of our young riders, who are the future of snowmobiling in our great province,” said Minister Yakabuski.
Along with its many volunteers and members, the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs and the Ministry of Transportation’s programs and partnerships make Ontario’s 32,000 kilometres of snowmobile trails a premier destination for tourists and locals alike.