Permits - TERMS AND CONDITIONS
WHAT INFORMATION WILL YOU NEED TO PURCHASE A PERMIT (ONLINE OR AT AN OUTLET)?
- Valid sled ownership including year, make, model, license plate and VIN
- The name of the snowmobile club where you ride
- For online purchases, a valid Visa, Visa Debit or Mastercard.
- For purchases at your local club or retailer, accepted forms of payment will vary.
MULTI-DAY PERMITS AND UPGRADES
New for 2016, the flexible multi-day permit gives you access to Ontario Snowmobile Trails for only $25/day with a 2 consecutive day minimum.
The upgrade to a full-season permit (Seasonal or Classic) is available to you in your online account providing full credit for the cost of the most recently expired multi-day permit on the same snowmobile the multi-day permit was registered to.
HOW DO I SUPPORT MY LOCAL CLUB WITH MY PERMIT PURCHASE?
'Buy Where You Ride' means that as a snowmobiler, you should purchase your trail permit from the club whose trails you ride most often.
When buying online, you can easily select your local club buy accessing the Club Locator.
CAN I GET A REFUND FOR MY PERMIT PURCHASE?
Ontario Trails Permits are subject to the regulations under the Motorized Snow Vehicle Act (MSVA) and trail permit purchases are non-refundable and non-transferable (some exceptions apply, refer to transfer process).
PERMIT TYPES AND PRICING
on or before Nov 1st
on or before Dec 1st
Dec 2nd onwards
$180.00 (+$7.50 processing fee)
||$25/day (2 consecutive day minimum)
SHIPPING - ONLINE PERMIT PURCHASES
How long until my permit arrives in the mail? For all shipping options (standard, tracked and US), our average delivery times vary between 3 to 5 business days. During our peak pre-season sales (months of October and November), we advise waiting 2 to 3 weeks before contacting us regarding your permit being lost in the mail.
What if my permit is lost in the mail?
- If you selected the standard shipping option and the permit fails to arrive at the shipping address within 4 weeks, you can request a replacement permit (by sending an email to [email protected]) for a $10 fee plus shipping. The OFSC can only issue a replacement permit after you file a report for the lost permit to police – this is required by the Ministry of Transportation Ontario. The OFSC will require the police report number, the name of the officer who took the report and the name of the officer’s police service.
- If you selected the tracked shipping or US tracked shipping option and the permit fails to arrive at the shipping address within 4 weeks, please contact us at [email protected].
What if my permit arrives damaged?
- If your permit is sufficiently damaged in-transit to render it unusable, the OFSC can only provide a replacement permit once the damaged permit (which must include the number portion) is returned to the OFSC at your expense. The cost to replace a damaged permit is $10 plus shipping. You can order a replacement by contacting your vendor snowmobile club or by sending an e-mail to [email protected]. Please remember that proof of purchase is not a legal substitute for an actual permit affixed to the windshield
WHEN CAN A PERMIT BE TRANSFERRED LEGALLY?
Permit transfers are only permitted in the following situations:
You are selling (or have otherwise transferred the ownership of) your snowmobile to another person along with the unexpired current season permit (Seasonal or Classic only) or you have purchased a snowmobile with an unexpired current season permit (Seasonal or Classic only).
You are replacing your snowmobile and would like to transfer the unexpired current season permit (Seasonal or Classic only) to your new snowmobile.
In either situation you must advise the OFSC of the transfer by contacting your local district or the OFSC directly at [email protected]
Please Note: You will require the following information to complete the transfer:
- Full name, address and contact information to whom the original permit is registered
- Snowmobile make, model, year, licence # and vehicle identification number (VIN) to which the original permit is registered
- Physical evidence of the return of the existing permit (if necessary) including at least the portion carrying the complete permit number
- Payment of the current fee for the administration of the process (2015-16 Season fee $10.00)
For a transfer to a new owner you will also require:
- Full name, address and contact information for the new owner
- Please note the new owner will be required to complete the relevant application forms to confirm acceptance of the terms and conditions in repsect of the permit and use of the trails
For a transfer to a new snowmobile you will also require:
- Make, model, year, licence # and VIN for the new snowmobile
CAN I BUY A SNOWMOBILE TRAIL PERMIT FOR MY ATV (DIRT BIKE, SIDE BY SIDE..ETC) EQUIPPED WITH A TRACK CONVERSION KIT?
The Motorized Snow Vehicles Act of Ontario (MSVA) contains a provision whereby the owner of a vehicle registered with the Ministry of Transportation as a 'Motorized Snow Vehicle' is eligible to apply for a Province of Ontario Snowmobile Trail Permit as issued by the Ministry. If you have any questions regarding motor vehicle registration in Ontario, please contact the Ministry of Transportation.
Click here to review the full Motorized Snow Vehicles Act of Ontario.
The following outlines the process the Ministry follows to determine if a vehicle can be legally registered as a Motorized Snow Vehicle (MSV).
Step 1: As a reference, Section 21 (1) of the MSVA includes a requirement for new vehicles sold as MSV's to display a National Safety Mark. "New" is relevant in that once a machine is intially registered with the Ministry, it retains the registration for the life of the vehicle.
21. (1) No person who deals in motorized snow vehicles or cutters designed to be drawn by motorized snow vehicles shall sell or offer to sell a new motorized snow vehicle or cutter manufactured after the date this section comes into force that does not conform to the standards required under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Canada), or that does not bear the National Safety Mark referred to therein. R.S.O. 1990, c. M.44, s. 21(1).
Step 2: Section 1201 of the federal Motor Vehicle Safety Act (MVSA), which should not be confused with the MSVA of Ontario, requires each snowmobile sold in Canada to comply with the requirements developed by the Snowmobile Safety and Certification Committee, Inc.(SSCC) a North American non-profit association that has developed safety standards for the manufacture and certification of snowmobiles.
1201. (1) Every snowmobile shall be constructed so that it conforms to the requirements set out in the following standards: (a) the Safety Standards for Snowmobile Product Certification, SSCC/11, published by the Snowmobile Safety and Certification Committee.
Step 3: To determine eligibility, you must refer to the Safety Standards for Snowmobile Product Certification, SSCC/11 referenced in the federal legislation which details the various safety equipment which must be installed on a new vehicle in order for it to obtain certification which is valid for the life of the vehicle. The 29 page regulations include requirements from emergency kill switches to minimum stopping distances. A vehicle certified as a Motorized Snow Vehicle for the purpose of registration with the Ministry of Transportation in Ontario must display the certification mark displayed on page 27 of the document.
Dirt bikes, ATVs, side by sides or other vehicles do not meet the requirement in SSCC/11 and do not display the certification mark, the MSVA does consider the vehicles as MSVs.