July 19, 2016
Both MMIC and COHV receive many calls from Canadians wishing to import motorcycles (including enclosed motorcycle, open motorcycle, limited-speed motorcycle or motor tricycle), and restricted-use motorcycles (including all-terrain vehicles, off-road motorcycles) into Canada from foreign countries. Many of these potential importers are surprised to learn that there are regulations that must be met as a condition of admitting these vehicles into Canada. The Motor Vehicle Safety Act and regulations administered by Transport Canada establish the safety standards for vehicles manufactured and imported into Canada. The Canadian Environment Protection Act 1999 and regulations administered by Environment Canada establish the exhaust emission standards for vehicles manufactured and imported into Canada,
A Quick Guide to Importing Motorcycles Under the On-Road Vehicle and Engine Emission Regulations
Emission standards for on-road motorcycles are governed under the On-Road Vehicle and Engine Emission Regulations (Regulations) established under the authority of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). The Regulations have been streamlined to enable acceptance of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification as a means of demonstrating compliance with Canadian emission standards in recognition of the fact that many motorcycle models are offered for sale in both Canada and the United States during the same period.