Owning an Electric Bike in Canada is easy. These vehicles are also known as power-assisted bicycles, electric scooters, e-bikes, and e-scooters, and the laws for them are very similar to a traditional bicycle. They require no license, plates, or insurance to own or operate. In Canada, Power Assisted Bicycles are classified under Federal law and each province can make minor changes such as age requirements and each municipality can make changes as to where they are permitted to be used.
We have put together a list below to some useful links to Federal, Provincial, and municipal government websites. Power Assisted Bicycles (electric bikes, electric scooters, e-bikes, and e-scooters) are encouraged by all levels of Government in Canada.
- Government of Canada – Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Power Assisted Bicycles)
- Province of Ontario – Frequently Asked Questions: Electric scooters, electric bicycles & e-bikes
- Ontario Ministry of Transportation – Legalities of electric bicycles, electric scooters & e-bikes
- Province of Ontario – Highway Traffic Act
- Province of Quebec – Rules for electric bicycles, electric scooters and e-bikes
- City of Ottawa – Cycling Safety
- City of Montreal Police Services – Power Assisted Bicycles
- City of Toronto – Classification of electric scooters, electric bicycles, e-bikes, moped and motor scooters