Ontario plans to scrap license plate stickers, saving drivers $120 a year

Annual renewals must be done online as part of province’s move to digitize paper-intensive programs

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Ontario Conservatives will introduce legislation this month that would eliminate license plate stickers, CityNews reports, citing unnamed sources.

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The legislature returns on February 21 and will hear several new bills, including this one, which has already been considered by the provincial cabinet. The report says the proposal was “well received”.

This move would save drivers $120 per year per vehicle. Although vehicle owners no longer have to affix a sticker to the plate, they should still renew their vehicle license annually, but free of charge.

The government is currently planning the process of moving to digital renewal of driver’s licenses, parking permits, photo IDs and health cards, claiming that a total savings over five years of around 30 million dollars on postage and paper will be reinvested in other provincial programs.

Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney neither confirmed nor denied the report, only acknowledging in a statement that Queen’s Park was considering “a number of options to reduce costs for Ontarians.”

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