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The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council welcomes Argo as its newest member

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Monday, February 7, 2022

 

The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council

welcomes Argo as its newest member

 

Markham, ON: The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) would like to welcome Argo as the newest member of the organization.  COHV is a national, non-profit trade association that represents the manufacturers and distributors of off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs), and related products and services in Canada. Argo joins Artic Cat, Can Am (BRP), Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Polaris, Suzuki and Yamaha as a COHV member company.

In 1962, Argo started as a gear and transmission manufacturer, and entered the vehicle market five years later with a six-wheel amphibious off-road extreme terrain vehicle utilizing Ontario Drive & Gear transmissions. Argo has a long history of innovation in their product offerings which include Extreme Terrain Vehicles (XTV), All Terrain Vehicles (ATV), Utility Task Vehicles (UTV), and Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV).   This allowed the company to have a diverse vehicle portfolio, used for various end-user applications in the Canadian marketplace.

As a COHV member company, Argo joins an organization that is committed to preserving, maintaining and expanding Canada’s vast off-road trail network.  COHV and its member companies support the Canadian Quad Council, and all Provincial off-road federations, advocating the safe use and benefits of ATV and off-highway vehicle use.

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About the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV):

The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) is a national, non-profit trade association that represents the manufacturers and distributors of off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs)and related products and services in Canada. COHV remains dedicated to the fundamental aspects of ATV and Off-Highway Vehicle safety.

 

About Ontario Drive & Gear (Argo)

Ontario Drive & Gear (Argo) began production of a six-wheel drive Amphicat in their Kitchener, Ontario Facility in 1962. The first Argo branded vehicle was produced in 1967. Two-years later, production was expanded to New Hamburg, Ontario. In 2017 Argo expanded into the ATV market with the Xplorer 4X4. In 2021 they again expanded their off-road line up to include more ATVs from 90 to 700 cc and added a new Magnum Side-by-Side. All of the Argo vehicles are produced in one of their three New Hamburg manufacturing plants.

Power Sport Services announces the retirement of Neil Fardy

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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

 

Power Sport Services announces the retirement of Neil Fardy

 

Markham, ON:  Neil Fardy, Show Manager of The Toronto Motorcycle Show, will be retiring from Power Sport Services (PSS) after a respected career in the live events industry, including a number of different senior management roles, straddling both the event production and event supplier sides of the business.  His last day with Power Sport Services will be March 18, 2022.

Neil joined Power Sport Services in 2012, shortly after PSS’ incorporation as a fully-owned subsidiary of The Motorcycle and Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV).  His extensive experience in event operations and project management – developed over his 40-year career servicing major events including numerous trade and consumer shows, concerts, sporting events and live events, and has been a tremendous asset to Power Sport Services.  Under Neil’s leadership and direction, The Toronto Motorcycle Show innovated, evolved and grew, while also benefiting from a variety of operational efficiencies and enhancements.  Further, his wide ranging-skills and deep-rooted relationships contributed to the expansion of Event Management Services – sister company to Power Sport Services.

The Boards of Directors of Power Sport Services would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Neil for his many years of exceptional service.  His positive impact on The Toronto Motorcycle Show and the overall powersport industry are incredibly valued and appreciated.

Over the next month, Neil will be working closely with Bianca Kennedy, Director of Market Expansion and Events, to help facilitate a seamless transition for all partners, clients, exhibitors and suppliers of Power Sport Services and The Toronto Motorcycle Show.  Bianca can be reached directly by email at bkennedy@powersportservices.ca or by telephone at 514-299-0262.

 

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About Power Sport Services (PSS):
Power Sport Services™ (PSS) is the operating name of 8061246 Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV).  Power Sport Services™ focuses on innovation and leading-edge management of the motorcycle, OHV and power sport vehicle shows and the Open Road Powersport Insurance program.


About the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC):
The Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council, originally founded in 1971, is a national, non-profit, trade association which represents the responsible interests of the major motorcycle and scooter manufacturers, as well as the manufacturers, distributors and retail outlets of motorcycle and scooter-related products and services in Canada. The member companies of the MMIC account for approximately 90 percent of all the new on-road motorcycles and scooters sold in Canada. The MMIC is funded entirely by its Members and Industry Partners and by the programs and services it offers. 

About the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV):
The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) is a national, non-profit trade association that represents the manufacturers and distributors of off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs)and related products and services in Canada. COHV remains dedicated to the fundamental aspects of ATV and Off-Highway Vehicle safety.

Power Sport Services announces the retirement of Ray Sriubiskis

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Thursday, February 3, 2022

 

Power Sport Services announces the retirement of Ray Sriubiskis

 

Markham, ON:  Ray Sriubiskis, General Manager of The Motorcycle Shows, will be retiring from Power Sport Services (PSS) after a distinguished career of more than 40 years, including close to two decades as a senior executive in the consumer show industry.  His last day with Power Sport Services will be March 18, 2022.

Ray joined the team at Power Sport Services in 2012, shortly after PSS’ incorporation as a fully-owned subsidiary of The Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV).  Ray played an instrumental role consolidating the management and operation of Canada’s Motorcycle Shows under the Power Sport Services banner.  Over the last decade, he has successfully developed and empowered an exceptional show management team, consistently delivering positive experiences for consumers and exhibitors alike, while delivering sustainable profitability and growth.   Prior to joining PSS, as Vice-President of The Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows, Ray was responsible for the successful management and oversight of The Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver Motorcycle Shows – on behalf of the MMIC and COHV.

The Board of Directors of Power Sport Services, would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Ray for his significant contributions to The Canadian Motorcycle Shows and the industry-at-large.  Ray has been a recognized leader in the exhibition industry for many years, and PSS and the riding community have benefited significantly from his vision and expertise.

Over the next month, Ray will be working closely with Bianca Kennedy, Director of Market Expansion and Events, to help facilitate a seamless transition for all partners, clients, exhibitors and suppliers of Power Sport Services and The Canadian Motorcycle Shows.  Bianca can be reached directly by email at bkennedy@powersportservices.ca or by telephone at 514-299-0262.

 

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About Power Sport Services (PSS):
Power Sport Services™ (PSS) is the operating name of 8061246 Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV).  Power Sport Services™ focuses on innovation and leading-edge management of the motorcycle, OHV and power sport vehicle shows and the Open Road Powersport Insurance program.

About the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC):
The Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council, originally founded in 1971, is a national, non-profit, trade association which represents the responsible interests of the major motorcycle and scooter manufacturers, as well as the manufacturers, distributors and retail outlets of motorcycle and scooter-related products and services in Canada. The member companies of the MMIC account for approximately 90 percent of all the new on-road motorcycles and scooters sold in Canada. The MMIC is funded entirely by its Members and Industry Partners and by the programs and services it offers.

About the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV):
The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) is a national, non-profit trade association that represents the manufacturers and distributors of off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs)and related products and services in Canada. COHV remains dedicated to the fundamental aspects of ATV and Off-Highway Vehicle safety.

 

Power Sport Services announces that Bianca Kennedy has been promoted to Director of Market Expansion and Events

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Thursday, February 3, 2022

Power Sport Services announces that Bianca Kennedy has been promoted to Director of Market Expansion and Events

Markham, ON: Power Sport Services is pleased to announce the promotion of Bianca Kennedy to Director of Market Expansion and Events. This announcement comes on the heels of Ray Sriubiskis, General Manager, announcing his plans to retire from Power Sport Services, effective March 18, 2022.

In her new role, Bianca will be responsible for overseeing the planning and production of all shows and events under the ownership and management of Power Sport Services, including leading the events’ team to deliver dynamic and high-value experiences for exhibiting and attending audiences alike.  Additionally, Bianca will be responsible for driving the industry’s market expansion efforts to grow motorcycling and off-highway riding in Canada, including developing immersive marketing programs that get more people to take notice of how powersports can fit into and enhance their lives, with a particular focus on reaching people with varying interests, diverse backgrounds and across different generations.

“The future of powersports in Canada is inclusive, innovative and expansive, and everyone is invited to join the ride and discover how motorcycling and off-highway riding can fit into and enhance their lives”, stated Bianca.  “I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues at Power Sport Services, The Motorcycle and Moped Industry Council and The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council, to expand mainstream awareness around riding, to welcome new riders to our community, and to deliver exceptional motorcycle and OHV events”.

Michelle O’Hara, President of PSS added, “With a successful career spanning over 20 years, Bianca has a remarkable reputation for creating shows and events that provide unparalleled experiences for all that attend.  Since joining PSS in 2013, she has spearheaded the growth of our exhibitor base year-over-year by providing profitable, engaging platforms that deliver the highest level of brand awareness and customer service.  In addition, she has bolstered show attendance by introducing new show features, and by implementing creative marketing and public relations initiatives.  As a seasoned promoter, Bianca’s new role in market expansion will ensure continued alignment of strategic growth strategies for motorcycling and off-highway ridership in Canada.  I look forward to working with her in her new capacity.”

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About Power Sport Services (PSS):
Power Sport Services™ (PSS) is the operating name of 8061246 Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV).  Power Sport Services™ focuses on innovation and leading-edge management of the motorcycle, OHV and power sport vehicle shows and the Open Road Powersport Insurance program.

 

About the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC):
The Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council, originally founded in 1971, is a national, non-profit, trade association which represents the responsible interests of the major motorcycle and scooter manufacturers, as well as the manufacturers, distributors and retail outlets of motorcycle and scooter-related products and services in Canada. The member companies of the MMIC account for approximately 90 percent of all the new on-road motorcycles and scooters sold in Canada. The MMIC is funded entirely by its Members and Industry Partners and by the programs and services it offers.

 

About the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV):
The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) is a national, non-profit trade association that represents the manufacturers and distributors of off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs)and related products and services in Canada. COHV remains dedicated to the fundamental aspects of ATV and Off-Highway Vehicle safety.

Power Sport Services Sets its Sights On 2023 for the Return of The Motorcycle Shows

Wednesday December 22, 2021:  Today, the Board of Directors of Power Sport Services announced that the 2022 Toronto and Montreal Motorcycle Shows, will not be moving forward as originally planned.  The return of these shows – previously scheduled for February 18 – 20, 2022 and February 25 – 27, 2022 respectively – has now been postponed to 2023.

Earlier this fall, Power Sport Services announced the cancellation of the 2022 Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Quebec City Motorcycle Shows, due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, as well as global supply-chain challenges affecting the motorcycle industry.

Today’s decision, to cancel the 2022 Toronto and Montreal Motorcycle Shows, comes on the heels of recently announced provincial measures, in both Ontario and Quebec, to take action to limit the spread of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant.

In Ontario, meeting and event spaces must now limit patron admissions to 50% of fire code capacity, significantly impacting Power Sport Services’ ability to deliver the dynamic experience that exhibitors and visitors have come to expect from the Motorcycle Shows.  In Quebec, all non-essential public activities, including trade shows, consumer shows and exhibitions are suspended until further notice.

Michelle O’Hara, President of Power Sport Services stated that despite the industry’s best intentions and efforts to re-unite the riding community at the Toronto and Montreal Motorcycle Shows in February 2022, the rapid advancement of the Omicron variant, coupled with the reinstatement of restrictions with no determined sunset date, means we have to put our plans on hold until 2023.

O’Hara went on to say that this was an incredibly difficult decision to make, especially since show planning for the 2022 Toronto and Montreal Shows was advancing well, with strong manufacturer and exhibitor support, as well as solid visitor interest and enthusiasm.  But despite this recent setback, we remain optimistic about a return to our live events in 2023.

Power Sport Services is extremely grateful for the determination and commitment demonstrated by the shows’ exhibitors and partners in order to fuel the return of the 2022 Motorcycle Shows.  This solidarity and ambition will serve as a strong foundation to actively steer the resilient return of the Motorcycle Shows in 2023.

For the most up-to-date information, visit us at www.motorcycleshows.ca or contact your Show Team:

 

Quebec City and Montreal
Bianca Kennedy or Dominic Caron / 514-375-1974

Toronto
Neil Fardy or Lori Borda / 905-752-1158

Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver
Laurie Paetz / Brittany Labrosse / 403-457-1080

PSS Head Office
Ray Sriubiskis / 416-272-9798

 

The Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council announces new president: Michelle O’Hara to replace retiring Robert Ramsay

Markham, ON – The Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Michelle O’Hara has been appointed President for the MMIC, the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) and Power Sport Services (PSS) effective December 1, 2021, replacing long-time President, Robert (Bob) Ramsay, who announced his plans to retire earlier this year. 

 

Adrien De Alexandris, Chairman of MMIC stated “As the motorcycle and OHV industries continue to grow and evolve, I am pleased that Michelle O’Hara has accepted the role of President of MMIC, COHV and PSS.  Michelle brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in the not-for-profit sector along with a passion for motorcycle riding that will contribute to further develop growth of the powersports industry. On behalf of the Boards of Directors, I am very pleased to welcome her to the leadership of our dynamic industry.”

 

Michelle is a not-for-profit senior executive with extensive experience in strategic management and driving growth through innovative program and policy development. She is well versed in stakeholder engagement, public and government relations, and leads organizations to achieve financial and operations results/impact. Prior to joining the MMIC, Michelle spent over 11 years at the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, most recently as Executive Director where she served as a key executive in many projects and initiatives to help improve Ontario’s diverse fire sector. One of Michelle’s most significant accomplishments is spearheading the creation of Ontario Fire Administration Inc., an organization that provides standardized firefighter testing to support municipal fire services. This included extensive program, public relations, policy, and project development. The organization now tests over 2,000 candidates annually, for over 50 municipalities and has established key partnerships with content experts from reputable institutions across Canada and the US.

 

Michelle is a Certified Association Executive and holds many credentials in IT, business, marketing, accounting, and project management, both in the private and not-for-profit sectors. Outside of her day-to-day, Michelle is an active advocate for women in powersports. As a motorcycle rider and racer, she has a passion for the industry, with a focus on the promotion of women riders in Canadian road racing.

 

Bob Ramsay, retiring MMIC President added, “It is with great pleasure that I welcome Michelle O’Hara as the new President of the Motorcycle and Moped Industry Council, the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council and Power Sport Services. We undertook a wide, lengthy search for a new President and Michelle demonstrated outstanding strength of character, energy, and vision. I know the associations and the industries are in great hands moving forward.”

 

“I’m thrilled with the opportunity to join MMIC, COHV and PSS”, stated Michelle. “This position combines my experience in the not-for-profit sector and feeds my passion for the motorsports industry. I am looking forward to working with the Board of Directors, and the very talented and professional staff teams to further advance MMIC/COHV/PSS strategic priorities, along with promoting and championing growth for ridership in Canada.”

 

 

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About the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC):

 

The Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council, originally founded in 1971, is a national, non-profit, trade association which represents the responsible interests of the major motorcycle and scooter manufacturers, as well as the manufacturers, distributors and retail outlets of motorcycle and scooter-related products and services in Canada. The member companies of the MMIC account for approximately 90 percent of all the new on-road motorcycles and scooters sold in Canada. The MMIC is funded entirely by its Members and Industry Partners and by the programs and services it offers.

 

About the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV):

 

The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) is a national, non-profit trade association that represents the manufacturers and distributors of off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs)and related products and services in Canada. COHV remains dedicated to the fundamental aspects of ATV and Off-Highway Vehicle safety.

 

About Power Sport Services (PSS):

 

Power Sport Services™ (PSS) is the operating name of 8061246 Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV).  Power Sport Services™ focuses on innovation and leading edge management of the motorcycle, OHV and power sport vehicle shows and the Open Road Powersport Insurance program.

 

 

Contact:

Bob Ramsay
President
MMIC, COHV, PSS
bramsay@mmic.ca

416-491-4449  ext. 109

4-CITY TOUR ANNOUNCED FOR 2022 CANADIAN MOTORCYCLE SHOWS

Toronto, September 14, 2021: Power Sport Services (PSS) announced today that they will be proceeding with a 4-city Canadian Motorcycle Show tour for 2022 – including stops in Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal – with even more excitement planned for 2023, with the intended return of a full 6-city tour, including stops in Edmonton and Quebec City as well.

Robert Ramsay, President of PSS stated that after an 18-month hiatus from live events, gathering restrictions are now being lifted across the country, and the team at Power Sport Services is eager to safely get back to the excitement, buzz and energy of The Motorcycle Shows.

Riders, future riders and lovers of the motorcycle lifestyle are invited to come get their fix of two-wheel, three-wheel and four-wheel action and interaction at one of the following stops on the 2022 Canadian Motorcycle Show tour:

  • Calgary – January 7 – 9th at BMO Centre, Calgary
  • Vancouver – January 21 – 23rd at Tradex, Abbotsford
  • Toronto – February 18 – 20th at Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place
  • Montreal – February 25 – 27th at Palais des congres de Montreal

Mr. Ramsay went on to say that over the last 18 months we have seen a continued and growing interest in riding among new and existing riders. The 2022 Motorcycle Show tour is the perfect opportunity for riders of all styles, ages and experience levels to discover everything that is new and exciting for the season ahead and to safely re-unite in celebration of motorcycling and OHV riding.

For the most up-to-date information on The Motorcycle Shows, please visit us online at www.motorcycleshows.ca.

As always, we are here to answer all your questions and concerns. Please do not hesitate to reach out anytime.

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For more information contact your local Show Team:

Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver
Laurie Paetz or Brittany Labrosse / 403-457-1080

Quebec, Montreal
Bianca Kennedy or Dominic Caron / 514-375-1974

Toronto
Neil Fardy or Lori Borda / 905-752-1158

PSS Head Office
Ray Sriubiskis / 416-272-9798

2021 Shows Cancelled, 2022 Shows to be Even More Spectacular

Toronto, November 2nd:  Power Sport Services (PSS) today announced that they will not proceed with their six show Canadian Motorcycle Shows circuit in 2021. Robert Ramsay, President of PSS stated that over the last 6-months, the team at Power Sport Services has been working actively, with our venues and suppliers, as well as the Canadian Association of Exposition Management, to find a safe and viable way to produce the 2021 Motorcycle Show tour.

Unfortunately, despite these great efforts, due to ongoing health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Power Sport Services made the difficult decision to cancel the six shows of the 2021 Motorcycle Show tour.  The shows that will be impacted are:

  • Calgary Motorcycle Show – January 8-10, 2021
  • Edmonton Motorcycle Show – January 15-17, 2021
  • Vancouver Motorcycle Show – January 22-24, 2021
  • Quebec City Motorcycle Show – February 5-7, 2021
  • Toronto Motorcycle Show – February 19-21, 2021
  • Montreal Motorcycle Show – February 26-28, 2021

In most parts of the country, as a result of strict indoor gathering limits, exhibitions like the Motorcycle Shows remain prohibited or severely limited.  In addition, differences in provincial measures and responses, combined with evolving government regulations to limit the spread of the virus, make it very difficult to properly plan and deliver the consistent high-quality experience that exhibitors and visitors have come to expect from the Motorcycle Shows.

Ray Sriubiskis, General Manager of Shows, stated that the decision was not taken lightly or without great consideration and discussion.  Ultimately however, the health and safety of everyone involved in and attending the Motorcycle Shows remains our top priority and concern.

Power Sport Services recognizes the value and importance of the Motorcycle Shows to our exhibitors and to the riding community.  We are more motivated and committed than ever, to bring back the complete Motorcycle Show tour in 2022.  The dates for the 2022 shows are:

  • Calgary Motorcycle Show – January 7-9, 2022
  • Edmonton Motorcycle Show – January 14-16, 2022
  • Vancouver Motorcycle Show – January 21-23, 2022
  • Quebec City Motorcycle Show – February 4-6, 2022
  • Toronto Motorcycle Show – February 18-20, 2022
  • Montreal Motorcycle Show – February 25-27, 2022

For more information on the 2022 Motorcycle Show tour, please visit us online at www.motorcycleshows.ca.

Mr. Ramsay went on to say that, in the meantime, PSS is exploring alternatives for the 2021 season in order to promote riding, grow ridership and help exhibitors connect with the next generation of new riders as well as the avid and passionate riders.  Please stay tuned – we will be in touch in the coming weeks to share possible options.

As always, we are here to answer all your questions and concerns.  Please do not hesitate to reach out anytime.

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For more information contact your local Show Team

Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver – Laurie or Brittany

Quebec, Montreal – Bianca or Dominic

Toronto – Neil or Lori

or the PSS Office – Ray or David (416) 491-4449

Motorcycle and ATV Sales Strong Rebound

Toronto : June 11, 2020

After a tough start, motorcycles, scooters and ATVs are suddenly hot items recognized as the prescription for  cabin fever and inexpensive travel. Motorcycles and scooters have always allowed riders to achieve physical distancing and, these days, that is a much higher consideration for many people.

Off road vehicles have led the resurgence. Some category sales were up over 100% in May versus 2019 and that have left dealers scrambling for stock. May sales have been so good that they have wiped out the decrease in sales from a horrible March and April.

The resurgence of street bikes is following hot on the heels of off-road bikes and quads. The closure of license offices and training facilities have caused a bit of a delay but sales statistics show a dramatic climb as the restrictions are eased. Physical distancing on a motorcycle continues to be one of the best experiences to escape from the stresses of the home office or just get away for a short ride to freedom.

2020 has been a reset year for most people. Although there have been many bad stories there have been a few positives. The rush of the rat race has been replaced with a calmer lifestyle. Rural kids are getting outside, getting exercise riding mini bikes and youth-sized ATVs around the farm. Moms and dads have dusted off their bikes and quads and renewed their love for the open road or forest trail.

Going forward motorcycles and scooters can offer a great alternative to the concern associated with crowded public transit. In some provinces car license holders are permitted to ride a limited speed scooter (70kmh max speed) without having to have a specific motorcycle license. Scooters and motorcycles offer the following advantages;

  • Extremely fuel efficient
  • Built in physical distancing
  • Excellent manoeuvrability eases traffic congestion
  • Ease of parking for space and cost free in some cities
  • Less expensive to purchase and operate

For more information on the resurgence of powersports in 2020 please contact David Grummett at dgrummett@mmic.ca or 416-491-4449. Download this article as a PDF.

Regional COVID-19 Measures and Updates MMIC\COHV

This morning, Prime Minister Trudeau provided important details on the government’s commitment to provide a 75% wage subsidy for businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy details include:

  • Will cover 75% of salary on the first $58,700 earned, back dated to March 15
  • Any business with at least a 30% revenue decrease because of COVID-19 qualifies
  • Number of employees does not matter
  • It applies to non-profits, charities and companies big and small

The Prime Minister warned that there will be serious consequences for any business that improperly uses this benefit.

Mr. Trudeau also indicated that Minister of Finance, Hon. Bill Morneau, and Minister of Small Business, Hon. Mary Ng, will provide a detailed briefing tomorrow with additional information.

For information, please read the federal government’s full program. https://www.cfib-fcei.ca/en/advocacy/federal-government-banks-small-business-relief-measures-covid-19

Additionally, Ottawa has stated that while the Canada-U.S. border is closed to non-essential traffic, shipments, trade and commerce will not be affected by the new restrictions.

Québec

The government of Québec has an excellent site with regards to what should stay open or closed.  If a dealership has any kind of questions about if they can stay open, they can access this link.  https://www.quebec.ca/sante/problemes-de-sante/a-z/coronavirus-2019/fermeture-endroits-publics-commerces-services-covid19/

The new deadline to pay taxes (without penalties or fees) will be July 31 to pay any corporate taxes or make any scheduled installment payments.

Alberta

Alberta has followed the same as Québec and Ontario where motor vehicle, auto-supply, auto and motor-vehicle-repair, including bicycle repair, aircraft repair, heavy equipment repair, watercraft/marine craft repairs, car and truck dealerships and related facilities are deemed essential with a message of avoiding gatherings to conduct business.

Corporate income tax balances and instalment payments will be deferred from March 19 until August 31, 2020.

Private-sector employers can defer WCB premiums until 2021. For small and medium businesses, the government will also cover 50% of the 2020 premium.

https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-support-for-employers.aspx

BC

Business and light and major industry property classes will have their school property tax cut in half for the 2020 tax year, providing cash flow relief for businesses that own their property and for tenants on triple-net leases.  Also, B.C. business tax filings have been deferred to September 30, 2020, including PST, employers health tax, and municipal and regional district taxes, among others.

https://www.worksafebc.com/en/about-us/news-events/announcements/2020/March/covid-19-situation-your-reporting-payment-deadline?_cldee=a21hbmludHZlbGRAcmV0YWlsY291bmNpbC5vcmc%3d&recipientid=contact-d0bfd9f7cac5e811a976000d3af3d397-feb649020cab47908cb223664ec53661&utm_source=ClickDimensions&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=coronavirus-daily-bulletin&esid=ca75ff75-5d70-ea11-a811-000d3af3a7a7

Manitoba

The government has informed RCC that they are in the process of finalizing an “essential services” list, that could be issued in the next few days. The government is sensitive to the impacts this would have on businesses in the province, and has indicated that it would align with Ontario.  Support for small and medium sized retailers will be available, providing businesses with the ability to defer payment of payroll taxes and provincial PST remittance up to $10,000 for 60 days. The Minister noted that they will work with all sized businesses regarding flexible repayment options above the $10,000 cap. Application information available here.  https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=47161&posted=2020-03-22

New Brunswick

All businesses in retail sales will stop admitting patrons, except for grocery stores, pharmacies, repair garages, post offices, financial and lending institutions, retailers of fuel, hardware, automotive parts and office supplies, convenience stores, animal and fish feed providers, and corporate and agency stores of NB Liquor and Cannabis NB. All businesses required to stop admitting patrons are permitted to sell online or over the phone and to arrange delivery or pick-up of purchases.  https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/gateways/for_business/covid19/guideline.html

Newfoundland and Labrador

WorkplaceNL is temporarily deferring the collection of employer premiums until June 30, 2020 and waiving interest charges or penalties. The deferral will be applied to all existing payment plans and post-dated cheques. Employers do not need to contact WorkplaceNL and will be able to revise their payroll estimates, used to calculate their assessment payable, prior to their payments being reinstated.  Anyone arriving to the province from outside of Newfoundland and Labrador on or after March 20, 2020 is required to self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival.

https://www.gov.nl.ca/releases/2020/exec/0326n03/

Nova Scotia

Retail businesses can still operate but must continue to practice social distancing.  Social gatherings of more than 5 people are restricted and retail business are still allowed to operate but must adhere to the five person rule inside their stores.

The province has announced that $161 million will be made available to address cash flow and provide access to credit for small- and medium-sized business’. Effective immediately, the province will defer several fees and payments including: payments & interest for government loans; business related fees (until June 30) and loan payments under the small business loan guarantee program.  https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200320003

WCB employer premium payments have been deferred for three months; interest and late payment fees will be waived until further notice.

Certain taxes and utilities are offering deferred payment programs. View more information on RCC’s municipal measures resource tool.

Retail and commercial landlords who defer lease payments for the next three months for businesses that had to close directly due to the public health order will be able to claim losses of up to $5,000 per month, if the renting business does not continue operating. Landlords are not permitted to change locks or seize property of businesses who cannot pay rent, if the business closed directly because of COVID-19 public health orders.

Ontario

If you sell one essential product, you may continue operations. An operating store is allowed to sell non-essential products in addition to essential ones.  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”).

https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces

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).
  • Finally, Ontario is postponing property tax reassessment for 1 year (reassessments were to start in May – this has been delayed until May, 2021).

PEI

Dealers who provide repair and services are allowed to stay open.  https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/essential-and-non-essential-services-covid-19

WCB employer premiums have been deferred until June 30. All new employer payroll audits have been deferred.

PEI Broadband Fund has been expanded to support equipment and installation of Mi-Fi units and Wi-Fi Signal Boosters for businesses and the self-employed.

Saskatchewan

Effective March 26, all non-essential retailers must close. A comprehensive list of allowable retailers is available and the full Government announcement includes what they have determined to be non-allowable businesses. Essential services include food, pharmacy, convenience, hardware, appliances, pet stores, liquor and fuel among others. All businesses will continue to be able to sell online  or provide pick-up and delivery services View our guide to what is considered an essential service and the full list of allowable Saskatchewan services.  Business that conduct repairs for motor vehicles (including motorcycles) are allowed to provide services.

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-information-for-businesses-and-workers/support-for-businesses

The 3 territories have some info but nothing out of the ordinary from other provinces.  If you need info for the Northwest Territories, Nunavut or the Yukon, please don`t hesitate to contact me.

As this situation continues to evolve, we will keep you updated.  Stay safe, stay positive!!

Paul J. Demers

Manager of Policy and Government Relations
Directeur des politiques et des relations gouvernementales
Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC)
Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV)
3000 Steeles Avenue East, Suite 201 | Markham, ON L3R 4T9
Office – 416-491-4449 / Toll-Free – 1-877-470-6642
pdemers@mmic.ca
pdemers@cohv.ca