Ontario has a new licence plate design, which is widely called “blue licence plate”.

Starting February 1, 2020, all new passenger Ontario licence plates issued have the new plate design.

As Ontario government said in a news release issued in April of last year,

Ontario Passenger Plates will feature the tagline “A Place to Grow” harkening to Ontario’s unofficial “A Place to Stand, a Place to Grow” anthem first debuted at Expo 67. Ontario Commercial Plates will feature the slogan “Open for Business” which reflects the province’s renewed commitment to economic growth and job creation across the province,”

Ontario Licence Plates

In Ontario, you have to register your car fist to get a vehicle permit, licence plate and licence plate sticker. Plates are currently issued by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO). The location of plates and renewal stickers is specified by the Highway Traffic Act and Regulation 628 under the Act.

Costs are the following:

  • Vehicle permit (all vehicles): $32
  • Licence plate (new and replacement), with permit: $59
  • Licence plate sticker (passenger vehicles): for Northern Ontario – $60, for Southern Ontario – $120

Can You Use Your Current Plates?

People often ask – can I use licence plates I already own on a new car or do I need new ones?

You can attach licence plates that you currently have to a new or used vehicle. To do this, you will need to bring the plate ownership portion of your vehicle permit when you register your vehicle at a ServiceOntario centre and pay an applicable fee.

Interesting Facts about Ontario Licence Plates

  • In Ontario, the motor vehicles registration started in 1903, and registrants used their own licence plates until 1911.
  • The symbol of a crown representing the Crown of Canada has appeared on almost all Ontario licence plates, due to the fact that the monarchy of Canada is at the core of Canada’s constitutional federal structure and Westminster-style parliamentary democracy. This symbol was first used in 1937, to commemorate the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
  • All Ontario licence plates are manufactured at the Central East Correctional Centre (a medium/maximum security prison) in Lindsay, Ontario. It is operated by the Ministry of the Solicitor General.

To be honest with you, AllOntario Team’s favourite plate’s slogan is “YOURS TO DISCOVER”, which has been in use since 1982. Just to the point, just the best!

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