Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV)

Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV)

March 16, 2007 11:54 ET

COHV Funding Promotes Safety, Environmental Awareness and Responsible Off-Highway Riding

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(CCNMatthews - March 16, 2007) - The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) issued more than $835,000 in sustaining and development grant funding for 2007, to support set-up and expansion of provincial and national ATV and Off-Road Motorcycle Rider Federations of which the ATV Clubs of Nova Scotia (ATVANS) received $140,000.

Included in this amount was $80,000.00 in development funds for a Safety and Environmental Awareness Project geared to new and experienced riders in Nova Scotia. The campaign will be conducted mainly through newspaper advertisements, website information and brochures, and is a joint project with Health Promotion Nova Scotia.

The second component of the project approved is to help with the conversion of abandoned rail lines into multi-use recreational trails. Three local ATV clubs will be pooling resources and volunteers to develop the 30 km trail which will link two existing trails.

"By allocating these funds COHV and its member companies are enabling rider federations to take the lead when it comes to reinforcing the importance of education, training and protecting the interest of local OHV club members," stated Bob Ramsay, President of the COHV. "In fact a study done by Smith Gunther Associates Ltd on behalf of the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council shows that in 2005 ATVing in Nova Scotia was a significant economic activity."

In 2005, all-terrain vehicles pumped $52 million into the Nova Scotia's economy and were responsible for about 945 jobs. The study also reported that in 2005, Nova Scotia was home to about 43,427 registered ATVs and an unknown number of unregistered machines. The study included everything from vehicle sales, to spending on trailers, insurance, clothing, accommodations, food and the like. The direct impact of the sport on Nova Scotia's gross domestic product was just over $41 million. When the indirect impacts were included in the calculation, the dollar amount increased to more than $51 million.

The sport sustained 890 direct jobs, a number that jumps to 945 jobs when indirect impacts were added. Much of the economic impact of ATVing was felt in rural areas, the study showed.

"This report confirms the scope and scale of the contribution that ATV use makes to provincial economies, especially in rural and northern areas, which the industry points out is an important aspect that needs to be recognized and considered when discussion is focused on the responsible management of off- highway vehicle activity," Ramsay says.

Spring 2006 saw Nova Scotia's government implement new OHV legislation that continues to have a very negative impact on small businesses and rural communities. By the end of 2006 OHV dealerships saw a 31.59 % decrease in sales. Since the legislation was passed eight dealerships have close their doors. Other ATV dealers are being forced to lay off employees and tourism opportunities are slipping away.

The COHV, a non-profit trade association established in 1984 and Nova Scotia's riding federations, working with government, want to continue leading a first class recreation and adventure tourism industry based on safety and environmental awareness. Find out more at:

Contact Information

  • Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV)
    Jo-Anne Farquhar
    Manager of Communications
    (416) 491-4439 or Toll free: 1-877-470-2288
    (416) 493-1985 (FAX)