On February 4, 2021, Transport Canada repealed the previous definition of a power-assisted bicycle. Instead, Transport Canada will assess the design and speed of the e-bicycles in order to determine if it is regulated under the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations.
Transport Canada will regulate your e-bike if it:
● E-bicycles with off-road characteristics designed to operate at speeds greater than 32 km/h (power assisted).
● Is equipped with features that resemble on-road motorcycles or vehicles.
● For E-bikes equipped with speed limiters, Transport Canada will first assess the e-bike based upon the untethered speed capacity to determine if the e-bike is regulated.
E-Bikes are also regulated at Provincial and Territory levels, so it is good practice to check with your local government for regulations prior to importing or purchasing an e-bike.
Please note that electric scooters (no pedals) follow the same guidelines. It’s important to know that not all e-bikes are admissible into Canada, so for further clarification, please visit the Government of Canada’s FAQ page or the Motor Vehicle Act Motor Assisted Cycle Regulation for full details.
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