Update for Ontario Senior Drivers from Minister Mulroney

CARP recently wrote to the ON Minister of Transportation for an update on policy changes affecting the province’s older drivers.

Below is the response we received:

Thank you for your email requesting information to provide to your members regarding the Senior Driver Renewal Program and licence plate validation stickers. The Honourable Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation has asked me to respond on her behalf.

As you are aware, the ministry suspended all senior driver Group Education Sessions until further notice as a precautionary measure due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the provincial state of emergency. In order to allow seniors to continue to drive without having to renew their licence, the Ministry of Transportation enacted changes to extend all driver’s licences and temporary driver’s licences that were valid on March 1, 2020. This amendment was implemented through the enactment of Regulation 45/20 – Extending Time Periods in Ontario Regulations of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) and should serve as proof of a driver’s licence validity.

In addition, licence plate validation stickers that were valid on March 1, 2020 have also been extended through the above noted Regulation. For a complete list of products and services that have been extended, please refer to the Ontario.ca website here.

As Ontario continues to work to protect seniors as a vulnerable population throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, the ministry will take care to ensure that programs and policies prioritize the health and safety of senior drivers. Please refer to the Ministry of Transportation’s public website for senior driver program updates here or by calling our call centre at 1-800-396-4233 for a voice recorded update.

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