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Ontario Making It Easier for Military Personnel to Obtain Driver’s Licences

By A Correspondent

Ontario is making it easier for Canadian military personnel and veterans to exchange their military driver’s licence for a number of Ontario driver’s licences.  

Starting July 1, Department of National Defence (DND) 404 military driver’s permits will become recognized equivalents for a number of Ontario commercial and passenger licences.

The change comes after the province completed an extensive review of DND licencing standards, which showed that military training and testing requirements meet or exceed Ontario’s licence testing standards.

Allowing military personnel and veterans to use their DND 404 permits will reduce time associated with obtaining commercial licences required for employment in sectors such as the trades. The province will waive knowledge and road tests for those with a DND 404 driver’s permit, but will still require applicants to complete a vision test, meet medical standards, satisfy identification requirements and pay a fee.

Ensuring Ontario’s roads and highways are safe is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, said, “Ontario is proud to support the brave men and women who dedicate themselves to serving and protecting our country. We’re honoured to stand with organizations like Helmets to Hardhats and help serving members and veterans transition to civilian life and employment.”

Hugh Laird, Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Helmets to Hardhats, said, “We applaud the provincial government’s recognition of military driver qualifications for civilian commercial driving. Canada’s servicemen and women give so much in the service of our country, standing on guard to defend the values we cherish and the freedoms we covet, willingly putting themselves in harm’s way when called upon. They deserve every advantage that we can accord them. This will go a long way toward helping them transition to civilian careers.”

OTA CEO and President, David Bradley, said, “The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) has always had a strong relationship with the Canadian military. Today’s announcement by Ontario’s Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca represents an innovative way to integrate military personal into the trucking industry as they transition into civilian life.”

JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12


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