Licence-Knowledge Test Will Be Offered in 21 languages to Support Newcomers, Improve Road Safety
Starting next spring, Ontario’s written knowledge test for a G1 licence will be offered in Farsi, to support newcomers in learning the rules of the road and improve road safety.
Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca was joined by Reza Moridi, MPP for Richmond Hill and David Zimmer, MPP for Willowdale, at the Welcome Centre Immigrant Services in Richmond Hill today to make the announcement.
Adding Farsi — one of Canada’s fastest growing languages — will support newcomers to Ontario in completing their tests, learning the rules of the road and gaining the experience required to drive safely in the province.
The G1 knowledge test is currently offered at DriveTest Centres in 20 other languages – including Ontario’s official languages of English and French. As part of Ontario’s continued commitment to road safety, all new drivers must take a knowledge test as the first step the province’s graduated licensing system. Beginner driver educations programs can also help teach the skills and attitudes needed to be a safe and responsible driver.
Making the G1 knowledge test available in more languages is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- For the past 16 years Ontario’s roads have been ranked among the safest in North America.
- There are 55 full time and 39 part time DriveTest Centres in Ontario.
- In 2016, DriveTest delivered over 230,000 G1 knowledge tests across the network.
- DriveTest has extended hours and introduced Saturday openings at key locations to help improve wait times.
“We constantly work to include new languages to coincide with the ever changing demographics of the province and reduce barriers for newcomers – and, to help keep Ontario a North American leader in road safety.” — Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
“This is great news for many newcomers in our community of Willowdale and one more example of the government working to help people successfully integrate in Ontario.” — David Zimmer, MPP for Willowdale
“Offering the G-1 test in Farsi will be a huge help to the Farsi-speaking communities in Richmond Hill and beyond who’s first language may not be English and for those who may be newcomers. The province is continuing to take important steps towards integrating multiple languages into our Ontario Driver’s Licence G-1 test.” — Reza Moridi, MPP for Richmond Hill