There are over a million kilometers of roads in Canada. Most cities and towns in Canada have public transportation options however you will likely require a driver’s licence as transit schedules and routes in the smaller centres will not always suit your needs. Newcomers Canada has developed a short list of things you need to know before you get your Canadian driver’s license.
Every Canadian Province is Different
Each province or territory is responsible for issuing driver’s licences for their own region, but once you have a licence in one region, it is valid across the country. The process for earning your driver’s licence will be unique to your region.
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What is the Process?
As mentioned above the process will differ from province to province or territory to territory, but you can expect to be required to complete and pass a written exam followed by a hands-on behind the wheel driving test, referred to as a road test. The written exam will focus on the rules of the road. The road test will include practical skills such as parking and turning indication.
How Much will it Cost?
Similar to the unique process mentioned above, the cost of getting your driver’s license will differ from region to region. You should expect that in all regions there will be a cost associated with both exams and an additional cost for the actual license. In Ontario, a driver’s licence will cost you about $90. You may also want to consider a driving course or training in advance of your road test, this will come at an additional cost.
Is My Driver’s License Valid for All Vehicles?
The simple answer is no. If you are looking to drive a transport truck, a motorcycle, or a bus, you will require an additional license. The process for earning licenses applicable to these vehicles will differ and you should research the specific requirements in your region.
Make Sure You Are Insured.
In Canada you need more than just a license to drive, you will also need to ensure your vehicle is registered with your provincial or territorial government and that you have valid insurance. These details will vary from region to region, so be sure to complete the necessary process before you begin driving.