Norm Miller MPP Parry Sound - Muskoka

Ontario cuts red tape for boat, snowmobile and off-road vehicle industries

March 22nd, 2019

PARRY SOUND, ON: Ontario’s Minister of Transportation Jeff Yurek announced changes that will make it easier for businesses to transport boats, snowmobiles and off-road vehicles (ATVs) to customers and recreational shows by expanding the use of service plates for trailers.

“We hear 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.”

Until now dealers were expected to buy a new trailer plate for each trailer they moved with a boat, snowmobile or ATV. Now one service plate will be able to be used for multiple deliveries.

“This is great news for the many businesses in Parry Sound-Muskoka that sell or service boats, snowmobiles or ATVs,” said MPP Norman Miller. “This will reduce costs and paperwork for small business owners, allowing them to focus on building their businesses and creating jobs.”

Miller heard of this issue through his business survey last fall and brought it to the Minister of Transportation.

“I want to thank Norm Miller and Minister Yurek for listening. This simple change will make it much easier for us to do business in Ontario,” said Andy Blenkarn, owner of Desmasdon’s Boat Works in Pointe au Baril, who brought this issue to Miller’s attention. “Norm was critical to the process. He listened to our concern and acted. I love the ‘can do attitude’ of Norm and the government. It is so refreshing to have a government that listens.”

The boating industry is a $4 billion business that accounts for 30,000 jobs in Ontario.

“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.