Frequently Asked Questions
- All-terrain vehicle definition
- Licensing requirements
- ATV on a public road
- ATV coverage
- Safety courses
All-terrain vehicle definition
How do you define an all-terrain vehicle (ATV)?
ATVs are generally defined as self-propelled vehicles with four or more wheels designed to be driven off-road on land, snow and ice. A good example of an ATV would be a four-wheel vehicle used near your home or cottage, or for recreation such as exploring forest trails. Snowmobiles are not considered ATVs. Since ATVs may be defined differently by provincial laws, please refer to the legislation in your province to determine if your vehicle qualifies as an ATV and to learn what your obligations are.
We may also insure certain amphibious vehicles (makes include Argo*, Amphicat*, Beaver*, Gip-Sea*, Hunter*, Lobo*, Multimobile*, Skipper & Sur-Trek*) with four or more wheels designed to be driven off-road on land and in water.
Do I need a license to drive an all-terrain vehicle (ATV)?
It depends on the province you live in. Please contact your local provincial ministry of transportation office to review licensing requirements for your ATV.
ATV on a public road
Why would I need insurance?
If you are going to be trail-riding, using the vehicle on property that you do not own, or crossing any public roads or parking lots, your ATV must be registered and you will require a license and insurance coverage. Visit our ATV information page for more details, or consult the applicable legislation of your province or territory.
What is covered under all-terrain vehicle (ATV) insurance?
ATV protection is similar to your automobile protection. You are required by law to carry some insurance coverage such as third-party liability. You may also purchase additional coverage such as Specified Perils, Comprehensive, Collision and All Perils. Contents carried in your vehicle may also be covered by your residential insurance policy.
I hear there are safety issues with all-terrain vehicles (ATV). Are there courses I can take to learn how to drive safely?
The Canada Safety Council provides information on courses. You can also contact the local ATV federation for ATV safety courses.
Are there any reasons why you might not sell me ATV insurance?
There are restrictions and exclusions which you can learn more about at: Restrictions. Here are some examples of what may affect your likelihood of obtaining insurance:
- If you’ve had 1 or more at-fault accidents in the last 5 years and any driver listed on that vehicle has had 2 or more minor convictions in the last 3 years.
- If you’ve had 1 or more at-fault accidents in the last 5 years and 1 or more cancellation for non-payment in the last 3 years.
- If you’ve had 2 or more minor convictions and 1 or more cancellation for non-payment in the last 3 years.