Judith Monteith‑Farrell MPP, Thunder Bay–Atikokan

Government of Ontario

Ford leaves Northerners stranded on driving test backlog

Published on August 5, 2021

NORTHERN ONTARIO – After waiting over a year for their driving tests, Northerners will be forced to keep waiting after the Ford government left out Northern Ontario from a plan to open temporary road test centres, said Northern NDP MPPs France Gélinas (Nickel Belt), Jamie West (Sudbury), Judith Monteith-Farrell (Thunder Bay – Atikokan), Michael Mantha (Algoma-Manitoulin), Sol Mamakwa (Kiiwetinoong), John Vanthof (Timiskaming-Cochrane), Gilles Bisson (Timmins) and Guy Bourgouin (Mushkegowuk-James Bay).

“Northerners need to drive. We rely on our cars and vehicles to get to and from work because many don’t have regional transit systems. To leave out Northerners from taking their driving tests means they can’t go to work, it means lost wages, lost appointments, and lost opportunities.

Doug Ford has left Northerners stranded, again.

This was an issue before the pandemic and it has only gotten worse. Ford has had over a year to address the problem and he has chosen to leave out Northern Ontario again from even a temporary plan.

Doug Ford needs to take action now to allow Northerners to get on the road and to get on with their lives. They can't afford to wait any longer."