The Ontario government announced this Thursday that the province will now allow drivers to carry electronic proof of their Ontario car insurance on mobile devices. The new effort is part of the Putting Drivers First initiative, which was first announced back in April.

As of today, drivers have the option of displaying their proof of insurance electronically. However, according to the government’s press release, the original paper option will still be available to motorists. The idea is to give drivers access to their car insurance in the way that best suits their needs.

Drivers who choose the digital option will be held responsible for the functions of their mobile device. Smartphones will need to properly display the proof of auto insurance, which means damaged screens, drained batteries, and weak signal will not be tolerated.

"Our Government has committed to making life easier for Ontario people," said Finance Minister Rod Phillips in a press release on the government’s website. "That is why this government is making auto insurance more convenient by giving drivers the option of showing their proof of auto insurance electronically so that drivers can access their insurance card in the way that best suits their needs."

"Today's announcement is good for drivers. It's another great step forward towards reducing red tape to achieve our government's goal of making Ontario work smarter for business and better for people," added Small Business and Red Tape Reduction Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria.

The government will work with the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FRSA), who took over for the Financial Services Commission of Ontario back in June, to help modernize auto insurance.

Narcity reached out to FSRA for further details about the steps Ontarians will need to take to obtain their digital copies. We will update the story once we hear back.


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