Starting July 1, Department of National Defence (DND) 404 military driver’s permits will become recognized equivalents for a number of Ontario commercial and passenger licences.
The change comes after the province completed an extensive review of DND licencing standards, which showed that military training and testing requirements meet or exceed Ontario’s licence testing standards.
Allowing military personnel and veterans to use their DND 404 permits will reduce time associated with obtaining commercial licences required for employment in sectors such as the trades. The province will waive knowledge and road tests for those with a DND 404 driver’s permit, but will still require applicants to complete a vision test, meet medical standards, satisfy identification requirements and pay a fee.
Ensuring Ontario’s roads and highways are safe is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
“Ontario is proud to support the brave men and women who dedicate themselves to serving and protecting our country. We’re honoured to stand with organizations like Helmets to Hardhats and help serving members and veterans transition to civilian life and employment.” Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
“The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) has always had a strong relationship with the Canadian military. This announcement represents an innovative way to integrate military personal into the trucking industry as they transition into civilian life.” David Bradley, OTA CEO and President
“There is a growing number of transitioning military personnel with skills and experience that can benefit the trucking industry. We encourage trucking employers to consider this in their recruitment efforts”. Angela Splinter, CEO – Trucking HR Canada