Power-Assisted Bicycle (E-Bike) Redefinition

ERO number
Notice type
Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990
Posted by
Ministry of Transportation
Notice stage
Proposal Updated
Proposal posted
Comment period
May 13, 2021 - June 12, 2021 (30 days) Closed
Last updated

Update Announcement

This proposal notice has been updated on March 13, 2023 to advise the public that this file is still under active review. The ministry is reviewing the comments it has received to date, along with additional stakeholder engagements. The Ministry of Transportation is continuing to work closely with stakeholders to meet their and Ontarians needs related to e-bikes. The original proposal date and comment period have not been altered.

This consultation was open from:

May 13, 2021
to June 12, 2021

Proposal summary

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is soliciting public comment on proposed updates to the regulatory framework for Power-Assisted Bicycles (e-bikes).

Proposal details

This proposal would update the definition of e-bikes in response to the repeal of the federal definition on February 19, 2021 to continue to permit traditional bicycle style e-bikes, and add two sub-classes of e-bikes, which will capture moped and motorcycle styles separately. This proposal supports MTO in delivering key priorities to increase transit ridership through assisting with first- and last-mile transit, support greenhouse gas reductions and climate change initiatives by increasing e-bike ridership and promote road safety by responding to safety concerns from municipalities and enforcement regarding larger e-bikes interacting with vulnerable road users including pedestrians.

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Road Safety Program Development Office

87 Sir William Hearst Avenue, Building A, Room 212
Toronto, ON

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Commenting is now closed.

The comment period was from May 13, 2021
to June 12, 2021

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