Fall 2016 - Bill 36: An Act to Enhance Off-Highway Vehicle Safety

Bill 36 proposes to change the law around Off-Highway Vehicle safety requirements by requiring everybody to wear a helmet while operating or riding on OHVs on public land.

It was created after extensive public consultation and consultation with OHV associations.

It addresses a serious safety issue around OHV use. Emergency rooms in Alberta treat nearly 6,000 people every year for OHV-related accidents.  

Alberta is the only jurisdiction in Canada without some kind of provincial OHV helmet law.


Bill 36 passed third reading in the Legislature on December 6, 2016 and came into force December 9, 2016.


Key Points

Bill 36, if passed, will:

  • allow the provincial government to legislate OHV helmet use on public land
  • set standards for what constitutes an acceptable safety helmet
  • establish exemptions for people operating OHVs on
    • private property
    • First Nations or Metis Settlement lands
    • farms and ranches
  • create an offence for not wearing helmets on public land.



Press releases

Helmet law proposed for Off-Highway Vehicles

Bill 36 Fact Sheet

Links & Resources

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