Updates for senior drivers in Ontario

This is an update to the information I provided in this column in early November on this topic.

Once a person turns 80, they need to renew their driver’s licence every 2 years. According to the Ministry of Transportation website there are usually several steps a person has to take to renew, including a senior driver education session. On December 9, 2020 the Ontario Government announced that, “senior drivers aged 80 and above may renew their driver’s licences without completing a Group Education Session.

In addition, drivers who would normally be required to visit a ServiceOntario centre to update their driver’s licence photo may now renew online using their current driver’s licence photo.

These changes mean that all Class G and M drivers are now eligible to renew their licences online at www.ServiceOntario.ca“ On June 24, 2020, however, the Ministry of Transportation announced driver’s Licence expiration dates and temporary drivers’ licences are extended for senior drivers who had a valid licence on March 1, 2020.

On December 9th they announced that “while Ontario has temporarily extended the validity of driver, vehicle and carrier products that would have expired on or after March 1, 2020 until further notice, it is strongly encouraged that everyone renew their driver’s licence and licence plate stickers, especially those who need to travel outside Ontario this winter for essential purposes. Ontarians can renew their driver’s licence and licence plate stickers online at www.ServiceOntario.ca and have their products mailed directly to them.”

Seniors – concerned about going out during the pandemic? Community Care offers a free pick up & delivery program. Free pick-up and delivery of groceries, medicines, library books and other essentials is available from Community Care. This free delivery program is designed to support seniors who make the choice to reduce their time in stores or to self-isolate at home. All seniors 60+ are welcome to request this support. Seniors who need help to place a grocery order by email or online can also call Community Care. To make arrangements for this free service call Community Care at 613-476-7493. Stay well, stay safe, stay home.

Community Care Holiday Hours Community Care’s Thrift Shop at 153 Main Street in Picton will be closed on Thursday, December 24th and Friday, December 25th as well as on Friday, January 1st for New Year’s. The Community Care office will close at 12 noon on Thursday, December 24th for a Christmas break and will reopen on Monday, January 4th at 9am. During this break staff will be checking telephone messages. Hot Meals on Wheels will be delivered as usual throughout the holidays. For information call 613-476-7493 and leave a detailed message.

Merry Christmas!

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes