Ontario Making G1 Written Test Available in Armenian
New Language Options Support Newcomers, Improve Road Safety
Ontario is making its written knowledge test for a G1 licence available in Armenian starting this spring, to support newcomers in learning the rules of the road and improve road safety.
Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca was joined by MPP for Don Valley East Michael Coteau at the Armenian Community Centre of Toronto in North York today to make the announcement.
Adding Armenian 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. As part of Ontario's continued commitment to road safety, all new drivers must take a knowledge test as the first step the province's graduated licensing system. Beginner driver education programs can also help teach the skills and attitudes needed to be a safe and responsible driver.
Making the G1 knowledge test available in more languages is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- For the past 16 years Ontario’s roads have been ranked among the safest in North America.
- 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.
- In 2017, DriveTest began extending hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and introducing Saturday openings at 13 high demand locations across Ontario to help improve wait times. These enhancements will be fully in effect by February 2018.
“This is one more example of our government’s work to help reduce barriers for newcomers in Ontario. We constantly work to include new languages to coincide with the ever-changing demographics of our communities to help keep Ontario as a North American leader in road safety.”
Steven Del Duca
“All across the province, communities are growing and changing, and we must ensure that our services keep pace. When newcomers arrive to Ontario, obtaining a driver’s license is often a meaningful first step to feeling at home. Many Armenians settling here have made Don Valley East their home, and I am pleased that our government is now offering the Armenian language as part of a suite of new languages being offered at Drive Test Centres for the G1 knowledge test. This is just another way our government is helping to reduce barriers and support newcomers.”