TORONTO - Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation issued the following statement in response to COVID-19 and ensuring that Ontario drivers are being protected:
"The health and safety of Ontarians continues to remain our top priority.
As announced yesterday, the province is extending the validity of government driver, vehicle, carrier products and services to help keep people safe and reduce the need for in-person visits to DriveTest centres.
We want to assure Ontarians no driver's licence applicant will lose test fees as result of a last-minute cancellation or not attending DriveTest or as a result of a DriveTest interruption in service. In addition to the road test fees, we will also be waiving the current "Fail to Keep Appointment" penalty fee.
Ontario will ensure that no customer will lose their current licence or lose their prepaid testing fees due to the current situation. If you have a road test scheduled and would like to reschedule please do so in advance of your appointment date.
This direction will be in place until further notice, based on the advice of Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health and public health officials.
We encourage people to use the extended validation period, and to follow the advice of our medical professions and stay at home.
We have a responsibility to Ontarians to ensure that we take every possible step to enable social distancing and stop the spread of COVID-19.
These additional measures are expected to minimize any impact to the driving needs of Ontarians during COVID-19."