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Online training in works for Ontario snowmobilers

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In response to long-standing requests from the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC), Transportation minister John Yakabuski announced safety training will be made available online for the first time.

“We recognize that safety is critical, and it starts with proper rider training and licensing,” said Yakabuski.

“We also recognize that the delivery of this online service will be an effective way to reach—and teach—new generations of snowmobile riders,” he added.

Administered through a long-standing partnership between the OFSC and the Ministry of Transportation, the safety and licensing courses historically have been taught in-class.

“On behalf of snowmobilers across the province of Ontario, the OFSC welcomes this announcement and applauds Minister Yakabuski and the Government of Ontario for their support of our sector,” said OFSC executive director Ryan J. Eickmeier.

“Expanded training options are not only a convenience, they will ultimately contribute towards a safer snowmobiling environment,” he noted.

With the development of the online option, it's anticipated safety and licensing training will serve a great number of people in many more areas throughout the province.

“My ministry staff stands ready to assist the OFSC in the development of the online program—one that meets the needs of our young riders, who are the future of snowmobiling in our great province,” said Yakabuski.

Along with its many volunteers and members, the OFSC and the Ministry of Transportation's programs and partnerships make Ontario's 32,000 km of snowmobile trails a premier destination for locals and tourists alike.

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