The Alberta government has introduced legislation that will make helmets mandatory on off-highway vehicles.
If passed the new law will take effect May 2017 and will apply to all ATVs, snowmobiles and dirt bikes on public land.
The new rules do not cover farms, ranches and First Nations and Metis land.
The government says 19 people die each year from collisions involving off-highway vehicles.
“Head injuries account for a significant percentage of those fatalities and in the vast majority of those cases, the injured person was not wearing a helmet,” Transportation Minister Brian Mason said on Monday.
“Alberta emergency rooms receive nearly 6,000 emergency room visits every year that are related to OHVs. Many of these visits involve injuries to children … far too often they were not wearing helmets.”
Mason said Alberta is the only province that does not already have a law mandating the use of helmets on off-highway vehicles.