OFSC Takes Driver Training 100% Online For 2020-21

Registration Now Available For Youth ages 12 and Older

(Barrie, ON: September 17, 2020) – The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) is pleased to announce that for the 2020-21 season, its popular Driver Training Program will continue to teach young riders the skills and habits necessary to be safe and courteous snowmobile operators entirely online.

Working with the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO), OFSC Driver Training has made a major contribution to snowmobile safety since 1976 by educating 244,611 students age 12 and older with classroom-style courses in select communities across Ontario. Driver Training graduates qualify to obtain a Motorized Snow Vehicle Operator’s License from MTO.

“We are very grateful to the OFSC Driver Training Instructors whose dedication to educating youth for the past 44 years has contributed so much to the success of this important program,” commented OFSC CEO Landon French. “Thanks to Driver Training, tens of thousands of Ontario families have shared safe snowmobiling opportunities every winter.”

In order to continue the program without interruption, OFSC Driver Training course registration is now available online at ofsc.on.ca.

With the approval of MTO, Online Driver Training began last season and has proven to be a reliable, standardized platform for teaching young riders, with over 75% of last year’s registrants taking the course online. This year, Online Driver Training is the safe, accessible, virtual alternative to classroom instruction, which is not being offered to protect both instructors and their students during the pandemic.

Parents will enjoy many convenient benefits from Online Driver Training. The course is available year-round, so as soon as a child turns 12 years old, she or he can register for and take the course at any time in the convenience of their home. Online will better accommodate today’s busy family schedules and is now offered in both English and French. Additionally, graduates can obtain their Motorized Snow Vehicle Operator’s License online.

Students must be at least 12 years of age in order to receive a Motorized Snow Vehicle Operator’s License. A young licensed operator must be accompanied by a legally licensed adult, who also must drive the youth’s sled when riding on or crossing a roadway.

More OFSC strategy announcements regarding the health and safety of its members, volunteers, landowners and permit buyers will follow shortly.

The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) is a volunteer led, not for profit association that provides the voice for organized snowmobiling in Ontario. OFSC snowmobile trails managed by 200 community based, member clubs generate up to $3.3 billion in economic activity in the province each year.

For questions or to schedule a media interview with the OFSC, please contact Lisa Stackhouse at [email protected] or by phone at 705-739-7669 x235

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OFSC Tips For September Permit & Gift Card Buying

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About Ontario Snowmobile Trail Permits

Under Ontario law, Snowmobile Trail Permits sold by the OFSC under the authority of the Ministry of Transportation are mandatory for recreational snowmobiling on OFSC Prescribed Trails. All revenues from these MTO permits are allocated through the OFSC to deliver organized snowmobile trails.

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2021 Snowmobile Trail Permits Now Available Online


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“The OFSC is up to the challenge of making our snowmobile trails available this winter thanks to new strategies and initiatives being rolled out this fall,” said CEO Landon French. “Our volunteers, clubs, districts and staff are focused on one mission to make it happen, and buying early is the best way for snowmobilers to support these efforts.”

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“Riders who purchase permits early are critical to our pre-season work,” said OFSC CEO Landon French, “Long before winter starts, the OFSC allocates about 77% of permit revenue to get trail operations underway and trails ready to groom. The biggest portion of this early investment allows us to continuously improve our large grooming fleet.”

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OFSC Announces Benefits for Early Permit Buyers Starting September 1st


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Focused on delivering the best possible trail riding experience across the province, the initiatives announced today encourage snowmobilers to support the OFSC provincial trail system by purchasing their 2021 Seasonal or Classic Trail Permit starting September 1st. This early date is the first time in OFSC’s 53-year history that snowmobilers can purchase trail permits and permit gift cards before Labour Day.

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OFSC Shares High Level Plans for Upcoming Ontario Snowmobile Season


New Health & Safety Initiatives Coming For Snowmobile Trail Operators & Riders

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The OFSC believes these initiatives will deliver the best possible trail riding experiences for snowmobilers, while helping to sustain up to $3.3 Billion of snowmobiling-related economic activity that is so important to Ontario’s northern and rural communities each winter.

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