ONTARIO – The province of Ontario has announced that it will be eliminating license plate stickers and their associated fees.
Announced on Tuesday, Feb. 22 the change will affect passenger vehicles, light trucks, motorcycles and mopeds and will come into effect on March 13.
For those who have bought a license plate sticker, they may be eligible for a refund. Individuals who have paid license plate renewal fees since March of 2020 will be receiving a cheque in the mail starting at the end of next month through to the end of April.
“As the cost of living continues to go up, our government is cutting costs for families to make life more affordable,” said Premier Doug Ford. “Eliminating the fee to renew your licence plate and refunding the cost of doing so for the past two years is a concrete way we can put and keep more money in the pockets of hard-working Ontarians.”
To be eligible, drivers will have to make sure that there are no outstanding fees, fines or tolls against their vehicle and that their address with Service Ontario is up to date.For more information and/or assistance with changing an address, vehicles owners can call ServiceOntario’s dedicated line at 1-888-333-0049.
“This measure will put $120 per year into the pockets of vehicle owners in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, where driving for many is a necessity,” said Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry.
Renewal fees will also be eliminated for passenger vehicles, light trucks, motorcycles and mopeds that are owned by a company or business, but no refunds will be issued.
The license plates themselves will still need to be renewed once every year or two at no cost for the reason of ensuring that the vehicle’s insurance is valid and that there are no outstanding fines against the vehicle.
Not included in this change are heavy commercial vehicles and snowmobiles.