Ontario drivers are now allowed to go paperless when it comes to providing proof of auto insurance in the province. Effective immediately, drivers can carry electronic proof of auto insurance on their mobile device. Previously only the paper “pink slip” was officially accepted.
Ontario’s move follows similar initiatives taken recently in Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador in accepting digital proof of auto insurance coverage.
"Our Government has committed to making life easier for Ontario people," said Finance Minister Rod Phillips. "That is why this government is making auto insurance more convenient by giving drivers the option of showing their proof of auto insurance electronically, so that drivers can access their insurance card in the way that best suits their needs."
"Today's announcement is good for drivers. It's another great step forward towards reducing red tape to achieve our government's goal of making Ontario work smarter for business and better for people," said Small Business and Red Tape Reduction Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria.
Insurance Bureau of Canada supports the approach
Being able to show electronic proof of auto insurance is an initiative that the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) supports.
"Ontario's auto insurers welcome the government's decision to allow electronic proof of insurance for Ontario drivers. Being able to provide digital documents to today's tech-savvy consumer is a baseline expectation of service we are thrilled to now be able to provide. This marks another step in making insurance easier and more accessible for Ontarians. We look forward to working with this government to bring more choice and innovation to the market," said Kim Donaldson, Vice-President, Ontario, Insurance Bureau of Canada.
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