The first step in order to obtain a M1 license is to pass a written motorcycle knowledge exam. This test can be taken at your nearest test location from the above link.
The test is based totally on the Ministry of Transportation Ontario Motorcycle Handbook. This can be purchased for a price of $16.00 CAD (taxes included). Information on how to obtain the Handbook can be found here.
The cost of the test is usually $57.50. If however you take and complete a Ministry of Transportation-approved motorcycle safety course the cost is reduced to $17.50. Completing this course exempts you from taking the M1 road test that will be detailed in the step below.
A list of motorcycle safety courses providers can be found here.
Once you complete this exam, you will get an M2 license valid for 90 days and an information package. If you elect not to take a course, you must successfully pass an M1 road test. Road tests can be booked here.
M1 riders must ride under the following conditions:
a. blood alcohol level of 0.00%;
b. must only ride between daylight hours (1/2 hour before sunrise and 1/2 hour after sunset);
c. no passengers; and
d. Speed limits with more than 80 km/hr must avoid highways.
By taking a motorcycle safety course, you will be exempt from a M1 road test and also will be able to upgrade to a M2 license after 60 days. An added benefit of taking this course is that you can reduce the time at this level from 22 months to 18 months.
With an M2 license, you have added privileges over an M1, including the ability to ride at all times of the day and on any road.
You are still required to take a M2 road test to get a full M license. There are also restricted M licenses for mopeds and limited speed motorcycles (up to 70 km/hr). Information on this testing can be found here.
Good luck to everyone looking to get their motorcycle license in Ottawa.