OFSC Driver Training Goes Exclusively Online

Digital Course Provides Many Benefits For New Snowmobilers

(Barrie, ON: November 10, 2022) – The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) has announced that effectively immediately, the OFSC Driver Training Program will be offered exclusively online.

Delivered by the OFSC under the authority of the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) since 1976, Driver Training has graduated more than 260,000 students aged 12 and older, teaching the rules and behaviours necessary to be a safe and courteous snowmobile operator.

Online Driver Training launched in 2019 as a virtual alternative to traditional classroom instruction, and has proven to be a popular digital platform for 13,459 graduates to date. Online Driver Training allows for easy access from the convenience of home, better accommodating today’s busy family schedules, and responds to the learning preferences of a new generation of snowmobilers. Online Driver Training is also available in both English and French year-round and 24/7.

“I want to acknowledge and thank the countless volunteer instructors who have provided in-class OFSC Driver Training for decades, contributing immeasurably to the safety of recreational riding on OFSC Prescribed Snowmobile Trails.” said Ryan Eickmeier, OFSC CEO. “After two years of offering the course online only as a result of the COVID pandemic, as well as the evolving learning preferences of our youth, the demand has shifted significantly towards this offering. As such, we are now focusing our efforts and resources on making this online educational experience world-class to ensure the next generation of snowmobilers are fully equipped to safely enjoy our trails.”

Online registration and OFSC Driver Training are now available from the OFSC website. Students must be 12 years of age or older, and upon graduation may qualify to obtain an online Motorized Snow Vehicle Operator’s License.

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]

Ontario Snowmobile Trail Permit Fee Increase

(Barrie, ON: September 29, 2022) – The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) is announcing a $5 permit fee increase for 2023 Seasonal and Classic Ontario Snowmobile Trail Permits. The increase does not apply to Multi-Day or Special Event Trail Permits. Permits and Permit Gift Cards sales commence online October 1, 2022.

Well below Canada’s current inflation rate of 7.0%, this modest permit fee increase ensures that trail riding will remain as affordable as possible for Ontario snowmobilers this season. At the same time, it also enables the Federation to keep pace with rising operational costs and allows us to make considerable investments in the groomers, trails, and infrastructure required to deliver Ontario’s premier winter tourism activity.

“The OFSC remains committed to providing the best snowmobiling experience possible and that means continued investments in all aspects of our operations,” said CEO Ryan Eickmeier. “We are confident that this is a fair and balanced approach, with additional revenue being invested directly on the snow. We look forward to seeing everyone enjoy the 30,000km+ of OFSC trails this winter, made possible by thousands of club volunteers.”

The fees for 2023 Ontario Snowmobile Trail Permits are:

  • Seasonal Permit
    • Purchased prior to November 2, 2022: $200
    • Purchased November 2, 2022 to December 1, 2022: $230
    • December 2, 2022 onwards: $280.
  • Classic Permit
    • Purchased prior to November 2, 2022: $160
    • Purchased November 2, 2022 to December 1, 20221: $160
    • December 2, 2022 onwards: $190
  • Special Event Permits
    • $45

The permit fee increase was endorsed by the OFSC membership and based on an approved business case submitted to the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. Ontario law requires a snowmobile entering an OFSC Prescribed Snowmobile Trail for recreational riding purposes to display a valid Ontario Snowmobile Trail Permit.

For questions to schedule a media interview with the OFSC please contact Andrew Walasek at [email protected] or by phone at 705-739-7669 x251.