While drivers can begin using digital slips in lieu of paper ones immediately, there will be a one-year transition period where insurers must provide a traditional paper slip in addition to a digital version.
At the CAA conference where the announcement was made, Finance Minister Rob Phillips explained, "With the proliferation of mobile devices and apps and various add ons, it only makes sense that drivers in Ontario can take advantage of the same options that drivers in other provinces can."
Ontario is now the fourth province to approve the use of digital slips, behind Alberta, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Insurance Bureau of Canada notes that consumers have digital options in other sectors such as banking and retail, so it makes sense for auto insurers to follow suit – and we couldn’t agree more.
What does this mean for you?
Gone are the days of rummaging through your glove box
Like Phillips said, rummaging through your glove box shouldn’t be something you have to do in 2019. With digital pink slips, all you’ll need is your phone handy.
An uncharged or damaged phone won’t get you off the hook
If your phone’s screen is in rough condition or dead when you need your proof of insurance, the police won’t take this as a valid excuse to let you off the hook.