Ontario Cuts Red Tape for Boat, Snowmobile and Off-Road Vehicles Industries

Published on March 22, 2019

Responding to business needs and reducing burdens

Mississauga — Ontario's government is putting people first by expanding the use of service plates for boat, snow-mobiles and off-road vehicles. Today, Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation announced changes that will make it easier and more efficient to transport boats, snowmobiles and off-road vehicles (ATV) to customers and recreational shows.

Past governments expected dealers to buy a new trailer plate for each boat, snowmobile or ATV that they moved. Now, one service plate can be used for multiple deliveries.

"We heard loud and clear from small to large business owners across Ontario and have fixed this problem," said Yurek. "This is a great example of how we are cutting red tape to make government work better, simpler and faster for small business and consumers." 

"The availability of this new service plate will permit marinas and boat dealerships across Ontario to legally move boats and trailers while supporting consumers' needs. Boating Ontario gratefully acknowledges the efforts of Ministry of Transportation staff under the leadership of Minister Yurek in the removal of this red tape as we strive to grow our $4.03 billion Ontario industry," said Rick Layzell, CEO, Boating Ontario Association.

"The expansion of how service plates can be used removes an unnecessary burden on snowmobiling businesses. This is a measurable move that will open up new customer service opportunities, improve the ability to showcase and exhibit products, and will definitively help grow the $1.7B snowmobile industry in Ontario," said Ryan Eickmeier, Executive Director of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs. 

Ontario's government is committed to cutting red tape and reducing burdens to help lower the costs of doing business and support economic growth throughout Ontario. Ontario's Open for Business Action Plan has set a target to reduce regulatory red tape by 25 per cent by 2020 to help business keep, grow and create good jobs.