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article imageOntario government to introduce new photo ID card by end of July

By Andrew Moran     Jun 9, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - The government of Ontario announced Thursday that the province will be introducing new photo identification cards. These cards will assist those who do not drive, but still need identification for day-to-day transactions.
Flying to a city within Canada, purchasing a mobile phone plan, opening up a bank account and even renting a video can be quite a difficult ordeal if you do not have valid government-issued photo identification.
As part of the Open Ontario Plan, the Ontario government has introduced a new photo identification card in order for the 1.6 million Ontario residents who do not have a driver’s license conduct everyday transactions.
Ontario Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne and several private officials made the announcement at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) in Toronto.
This new, secure card will act just like a driver’s license (without the driving). Ontario will now join eight other provinces by introducing this government-issued photo identification card, which will be available at 20 Service Ontario centres by end of July.
“Our government is delivering on our commitment to offer a photo card for Ontarians to help make life easier for the many who do not or choose not to have a driver's license but who still need government-issued identification,” said Wynne. “I'm pleased we are moving forward on this important initiative.”
The card will cost $35 and will be valid for five years. In order to apply for the card, applicants must provide original identity documents that prove name, date of birth and signature – they also must not be valid drivers in the province.
“CNIB applauds the Government of Ontario for introducing this much-needed photo identification card,” said CNIB executive director, Paul Ting. “This card will benefit many citizens who do not drive, including nearly 380,000 blind or partially sighted people living in Ontario."
If the initiative is successful, the photo ID card will be expanded in 2012.
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