Starting next spring, Ontario’s written knowledge test for a G1 licence will be offered in Farsi, one of Canada’s fastest growing languages, to support newcomers in learning the rules of the road and improve road safety.
Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca was joined by Dr. Reza Moridi, MPP for Richmond Hill and David Zimmer, MPP for Willowdale, at the Welcome Centre Immigrant Services in Richmond Hill on Monday to make the announcement.
“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,” said Minister Del Duca.
“Offering the G1 test in Farsi will be a huge help to the Farsi-speaking communities in Richmond Hill and beyond whose first language may not be English and for those who may be newcomers,” noted Dr. Moridi. “The province is continuing to take important steps towards integrating multiple languages into our Ontario Driver’s Licence G1 test,” he added.
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.
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.