Although American motorcyclists must brace themselves for a patchwork of different regulations as they drive from state to state, Canada's provinces are unified in their approach to motorcycle helmets, which makes a cross-country ride across the Great White North a lot easier to plan for -- just pack a helmet and hit the road.
Universal Helmet Laws
Canada's motorcycle helmet laws are easy to understand because they are uniform across all 10 provinces and three territories, as well as clear-cut: All riders on a motorcycle must wear crash helmets at all times. Regardless of any other variable such as age, passengers, speed at which the motorcycle travels, all riders in Canada must be protected by a helmet.
Motorcycle helmets must meet safety standards approved for use as an motorcycle helmet in Canada. Only helmets that meet CSA CAN3-D230-M85 standards may be worn in compliance with Canada's universal helmet laws. These are roughly equivalent to helmets certified by the U.S. Department of Transportation for sale in America.
Helmets may be equipped with speakers, but motorcyclists may not play music through them. Speakers can only be used as part of a communication device to allow drivers and passengers to communicate with one another.