Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council

Province of Ontario COVID 19 Response

Ontario Rider Training and Licensing
DEALERSHIP SALES: Phase 3 begins July 16th. Retail with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing.
Phase 3 begins July 16th. Retail & service with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing.
DRIVE TEST CENTREPhase 3 begins July 16th. Capacity limited to ensure social distancing. Masks are mandatory.
LICENSE TRAINING:Phase 3 begins July 16th. Capacity limited to ensure social distancing. Masks are mandatory.
OFF ROAD RIDING: Trails open. Observe Covid protocol for maximum gatherings and proper PPE especially at trail heads..
COMPETITION FACILITIES:Phase 3 begins July 16th. Open for competition and spectators with a reduced limit (50 to 75% capacity).

September 16, 2021

Phase 3 remains in place with the following restrictions for racing events.

July 16, 2021

Ontario moves to Phase 3 with reduced restrictions.

June 7, 2021

Road map to re-open link, click here for details

April 8, 2021

As of 12:01 am the following will apply to motorcycle dealerships and repair facilities;

Capacity will be limited to 25 and by appointment only at safety supply stores, optical stores, businesses selling motor vehicles, boat and other watercraft, vehicle repair and rental, telecommunications retailers. Garden centres and nurseries can continue to operate with 25 per cent capacity.

April 4, 2021

Non supermarket/big box stores including motorcycle dealerships are limited to 25% capacity but are otherwise open for business as usual. Motorcycle training courses and Ontario Drivetest Centres are currently scheduled to be closed for 4 weeks from April 3 to 24.

February 10, 2021

Returning to the COVID-19covid 19 response framework and regional status map here.

January 12, 2021

The Ontario government has announced that a State of Emergency Order will go into effect On January 14th. The new rules will limit non-essential retail operations like powersports dealers to an operating schedule between 7am and 8pm. Dealerships can continue to provide appointment based sales and service with curbside pick up only.

December 22, 2020

The Ontario government just announced new Covid restrictions starting Boxing Day.


November 24, 2020

Toronto & Peel Region Back in Covid Lockdown!

Businesses: Get help with COVID-19 costs

Non-essential retail will return to curbside pick up or delivery is Toronto & Peel.

Find out if your business is eligible to recover costs for personal protective equipment (PPE) or for rebates to help with fixed costs, such as property tax and energy bills.

Sept 3, 2020


Ontario Expands Driver Testing Services Provincewide

Road tests for class G driver’s licences will resume September 8


July 14, 2020

The Ontario government announces plans for most of the province to head into Phase 3 on July 16th. Exclusions include the extended GTA, Niagara & Leamington regions.

June 26, 2020

Ontario – While the state of emergency has been extended until July 15, areas of the Windsor-Essex region are allowed to enter Stage 2 of re-opening effective today. Leamington and Kingsville, hit by a COVID-19 outbreak primarily among migrant farm workers, will be not be allowed to re-open with the rest of the region at this time, leaving them as the only part of the province still in Stage 1. Premier Doug Ford’s three-point plan to help Leamington and Kingsville progress to Stage 2 includes expanded testing on all farms, support for migrant workers who contracted COVID-19 and a new public health guidance for asymptomatic workers.

Training School Status

MTOHP (Oakville/Brampton)Yes
CMA (Hamilton)Yes
Durham CollegeTBD
Fleming CollegeTBD
Algonquin CollegeTBD
St Lawrence CollegeTBD
Thunder Bay
Georgian College
Open July 16th
Rider Training Institute(RTI)Open
St Clair College (Windsor)Closed
Learning CurvesOpen

MAY 1, 2020

Reopening Ontario after COVID-19

Learn how we’re planning to reopen businesses, services and public spaces.Read our framework for reopening the province

Ontario, Apr 27

Please see the latest plan from the Ontario Government below and note that the 13 pages of the document can be accessed by the arrows in the bottom left hand corner.


Ontario: COVID-19 relief measures for businesses in Ontario

In Ontario, vehicle and equipment repair and essential maintenance and vehicle and equipment rental services are considered essential services.

Vehicle parts and supplies must be provided to the customer only through an alternative method of sale such as curb side pick-up or delivery.

Vehicles, including motorcycles can be sold by dealerships but showrooms are not allowed to be open to the public.  Purchased vehicles can only be delivered to the client or be available for curb side pick up.

Dealerships can call 1-888-444-3659 for more detailed information on how they can sell a motorcycle or OHV.

Support for businesses

In its Spring Fiscal Update, the Ontario government announced the following measures to support small businesses:

  • Provincial tax deferrals on the Employer Health Tax (EHT), Tobacco Tax, Fuel Tax, Beer Tax and Mining Tax and other provincially administered taxes until August 31, 2020 with no interest or penalty
  • WSIB premium deferrals until August 31, 2020 with no interest or penalty
  • Business Education Property Tax deferrals for one payment quarter (90 days after June)
  • Employer Health Tax (EHT) exemption threshold increased to $1 million for the next year
  • Property tax reassessments being conducted this year for the 2021 tax year have been postponed
  • Provincial Land Tax Payments are deferred from their next due date for 90 days without interest or penalty

Please check the government website for a full list of measures in the Spring Update.

The Ontario government also announced an end to Time-of-Use electricity pricing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Effective immediately, electricity will be priced at “low-peak” – 10.1 cents/kwh – at all hours of the day for the next 45 days.

Support for employees

If you need to lay off employees temporarily, there is no requirement to give or pay notice since the employee is not being terminated.

In Ontario, employers have the option to temporarily lay off employees for up to 13 weeks. After 13 weeks, the lay off becomes permanent and severance pay rules will apply.

Ontario has extended job-protection for employees unable to work because:

  • The employee is under medical investigation, supervision or treatment for COVID-19.
  • The employee is acting in accordance with an order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
  • The employee is in isolation or quarantine.
  • The employee is acting in accordance with public health information or direction.
  • The employer directs the employee not to work.
  • The employee needs to provide care to a person for a reason related to COVID-19 such as a school or day-care closure.

The protections are retroactive to January 25, 2020.

Ontario employers are also restricted from asking for doctor’s notes for COVID-19 related leaves, including quarantine, self-isolation or childcare responsibilities due to COVID-19 related school and daycare closures.

Workers’ Compensation

As part of its Spring Fiscal Update, the Ontario government deferred WSIB premium payments until August 31, 2020 with no interest or penalty.

How you can help the province

The Government of Ontario announced a new website to help businesses work with the province to meet the challenges of COVID-19. Any business that could produce – or reconfigure to produce – essential equipment, from ventilators and masks to swabs and eye-protection, is encouraged to visit the Ontario Together webpage.

Other information:

Retailers not considered essential are still permitted to sell to customers via e-commerce (phrased by the government as “either online, by telephone, or by mail/delivery”).

Physical distance restrictions: Public gatherings of over 5 people are prohibited.

There will be deferrals in place on all 10 of the provincial business taxes, including the Employer Health Tax, the provincial portion of property tax, as well as on all WSIB payments.

The current package includes the following:

All 10 Provincial Business Taxes will be deferred until at least Aug 31st, interest & penalty free including the Employer Health Tax, all fuel taxes, beer and wine taxes.

For the Employer Health Tax, the minimum payroll amount of $490,000 will be increased to $1,000,000 for 2020. That means businesses with payrolls less than a million will not have to pay any EHT. For eligible private-sector employers with payrolls up to $5 million, the first $1 million of total Ontario remuneration is exempt, increasing the exemption to $19,500 for 2020.

All WSIB premium payments will be deferred for 6 months. In the interim, the Province will cover all employee claims.

The Provincial portion of Property Tax will be deferred for 90 days (Education payments).

Ontario is postponing property tax reassessment for 1 year. Assessments for the 2021 taxation year will continue to be based on the same valuation date that was in effect for the 2020 taxation year.

Hydro One

Created a Pandemic Relief Fund for customers; will provide financial assistance and/or payment flexibility. Refunding security deposits to over 4,000 eligible commercial businesses customers.