Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV)

Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV)

April 30, 2007 14:45 ET

Second Round of COHV Funding Announced to Promote Responsible Off-Highway Riding Across Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 30, 2007) - The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) announced an additional $685,100 in sustaining and project funding grants to be used by provincial and national All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and Off-Road Motorcycle Rider Federations to help develop and implement rider safety, training, education and environmental initiatives for 2007. So far, in 2007, over 1.5 million dollars has been approved by the COHV member organizations.

Funding in the amount of $120,000 was distributed through the COHV Sustaining Grant Program to help two more provincial off-highway vehicle (OHV) rider federations in Saskatchewan and British Columbia with start-up and expansion costs. Earlier in 2007, COHV distributed sustaining grant funding to eleven other provincial and national rider federations for a total of $599,425.

Project Development Grant funding amounting to $565,100 was also approved by the COHV to assist nine provincial and two national OHV federations to help them build on projects that support the guiding principles for OHV expansion.

"COHV member companies such as Arctic Cat, BRP (Can-Am), Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Polaris, Suzuki and Yamaha recognize and support the value of this initiative, which will help ATV and off-road motorcycle clubs to continue maintaining well-signed, easily accessible trail systems that help promote safe and environmentally responsible riding." commented Bob Ramsay, President of the COHV. "By allocating these funds COHV and its member companies are enabling rider federations to take a leading role when it comes to reinforcing the importance of safety, education, training and protecting the responsible interests of local OHV club members."

Project grants were approved for the following Provincial and National Rider Federations:

- Alberta Off-Highway Vehicle Association (AOHVA) - To carry out responsible land access planning on the Eastern Slopes and a Public, Community and Intergovernmental outreach program.

- All-Terrain Vehicle Association of Nova Scotia (ATVANS) - Safety awareness project and contract a trail development coordinator.

- Ontario Federation of Trail Riders (OFTR) - enhancing OFTR visibility and that of its volunteers and posting trail signage.

- Avalon Trailway Corporation (AVTRAC) - Education and training and long-term information access strategy

- La Federation Quebecoise des Clubs Quads (FQCQ) - Develop GPS tracking for trail conditions in Quebec to provide Internet accessible information to clubs, ATV users and others.

- New Brunswick All-Terrain Vehicle Federation (NBATV) - Free safety training for youth under 16 years of age and the creation and distribution of safety, environment and public awareness brochures.

- All-Terrain Vehicles British Columbia (ATV BC) - Safety, education and environmental programs, field operations and communication for land issues coordinator.

- BC Off-Road Motorcycle Association (BCORMA) - Production of an Off Road Motorcycle documentary promoting clubs and trails.

- Federation Quebecoise des Motos Hors Route (FQMHR) - Funding for safety instructor training, provision of safety courses and the creation and distribution of safety material for public education.

- ATV/Quad Council of Canada (AQCC) and the Motorcycle Confederation of Canada (MCC) as national federations received funding to conduct an OHV recreational health benefit studies in coordination with the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV).

"Each provincial or national federation can submit a maximum of two project grant applications each calendar year," stated Ramsay. "Through this cooperative effort, the COHV and riding federations will be able to continue leading a first class recreation and adventure tourism industry based on safety and environmental awareness."

The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV), formerly the Canadian All-Terrain Vehicle Distributors Council (CATV), originally founded in 1984, is a national, non-profit, trade association that represents the responsible interests of the major ATV and off-road motorcycle manufacturers and distributors, as well as the manufacturers, distributors and retail outlets of ATV and off-road motorcycle related products and services.

Contact Information

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