Keeping its promise to put drivers first, the Government of Ontario has just allowed drivers to carry electronic proof of auto insurance on their mobile device, including their smartphones. “Our Government has committed to making life easier for Ontario people,” said Finance Minister Rod Phillips.
As part of the Putting Drivers First blueprint announced in the 2019 Budget, the initiative allows drivers to access their insurance card in the way that best suits their needs. Starting today, policyholders have the option of displaying their proof of insurance electronically, in addition to the paper “pink card.”
In addition to the electronic option, however, insurers must continue to issue the “pink card” proof of insurance for one year to ensure a smooth transition:
“Ontario’s auto insurers welcome the government’s decision to allow electronic proof of insurance for Ontario drivers. In all other sectors that consumers interact with – from banking to retail to cell phone providers — consumers are offered a choice and we are pleased to now be able to offer consumers that same choice. This marks another step is making insurance easier for Ontarians and we look forward to working with this government to bring more choice and innovation to the market, ” said the Insurance Bureau of Canada.
Drivers are also responsible for ensuring their mobile device can properly display the proof of auto insurance, regardless of poor signal, drained batteries, or damaged screens.