Toronto, Ontario – Ontario’s DriveTest Centres will be closed immediately, due to a strike by workers, until further notice. ServiceOntario driver and vehicle licencing offices are not affected and will remain open.
The United Steel Workers, which represents most DriveTest employees, has served notice of its intention to strike. DriveTest delivers driver examination services on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.
Related services affected by the strike include written knowledge, road and vision tests; tests required for licence reinstatement or collision, such as demerit point suspensions or 70-plus drivers with an at-fault collision; driving instructor licence applications; submissions of medical reports to the Ministry of Transportation; and licence exchanges from other Canadian provinces or other countries.
As a result, the Government of Ontario will take steps to extend the validity of drivers’ licences that require a re-test as a condition of renewal. This includes licences for novice drivers, commercial drivers, and drivers 80 years of age and older. The extension of expiry date will be done automatically, and individuals do not have to do anything for the extension to take effect.