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In response to long-standing requests from the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC), the Minister of Transportation John Yakabuski announced on September 14 that, for the first time ever, safety training will be made available online. Minister Yakabuski said,
We recognize that safety is critical and it starts with proper rider training and licensing. We also recognize that the delivery of this online service will be an effective way to reach – and teach – new generations of snowmobile riders.
Historically, the safety and licensing courses have been taught in-class and administered through a long-standing partnership between the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs and the Ministry of Transportation. Ryan J. Eickmeier, Executive Director Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, said,
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.
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. Minister Yakabuski said,
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.
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.
Ontario Newsroom (2018 Sept.14) Online Training Coming Soon for Ontario Snowmobilers [News release].