Ontario Opening Temporary Road Test Centres

Ontario Opening Temporary Road Test Centres

Temporary centres will help reduce the backlog of passenger road tests resulting from COVID-19 restrictions

August 04, 2021


TORONTO – The Ontario government is beginning to open temporary road test centres on Monday, August 9, 2021, to increase the number of passenger road tests (class G2/G) available in areas where demand is highest. The first two temporary road test centres will open in Guelph and Oshawa, with four more following in September across the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

“We are taking concrete action to clear the road test backlog, and that includes opening temporary road test centres so people who need tests can get one as soon as possible,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “As Ontario continues to head in the right direction in the fight against COVID-19, we have an aggressive plan in place to hire additional temporary driver examiners, open additional centres to offer road testing, and extend weekday operating hours for passenger road testing, including weekends.”

Starting Monday, the two temporary centres opening will exclusively offer class G2/G road tests daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Oshawa site will operate seven days a week, while the site in Guelph will operate five days a week starting in August and expand operations to seven days a week in November 2021.

The four additional temporary road test centres opening next month will serve Toronto, Hamilton/Niagara, Mississauga/Brampton, and York/Durham.

To book your road test, please visit DriveTest.ca, the only official channel for booking a road test. You should never give your driver’s licence to a third party or an unknown website. DriveTest will never charge you an additional fee to book or reschedule a road test.

Quick Facts

  • Because of the high demand for road test appointments, we are unable to prioritize customers with cancelled appointments. As measures to address capacity are implemented, additional road test appointments will be made available. Please continue to check DriveTest.ca for new blocks of road test appointments.
  • If your road test was cancelled due COVID-19 restrictions, you will receive a credit on the system so that you can rebook your test.
  • To protect the health and safety of DriveTest customers and staff, customers will be required to wear face masks inside centres and during road tests, sanitize their hands, complete the Patron/customer screening developed by the province and share their “passed” results prior to the road test or admittance to the centre.
  • Road test applicants may be required to provide a contact phone number should contact tracing be required. Applicants are required to keep vehicle windows open to ensure proper airflow.
  • All DriveTest staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment when serving customers, and driver examiners will also be equipped with face shields, sanitizer packages and seat covers when conducting road tests.


“The opening of a temporary Drive Test Centre in Guelph, along with the hiring of additional examiners and extension of hours, are clear examples of the actions our government is taking to clear the road test backlog. Our comprehensive plan will continue to be safely rolled out so that everyone who needs a road test will be able to book one as soon as possible.”

– Mike Harris
MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga

“Our government is taking concrete action to clear the road test backlog, and that includes opening temporary road test centres so people who need tests can get one as soon as possible. The opening of the drive test location in Guelph is welcome news for the residents of Kitchener South-Hespeler.”

– Amy Fee
Kitchener South-Hespeler

“Opening temporary road test centres will help clear the backlog and allow hard-working residents in the Region of Durham to book an assessment as early as possible. The temporary drive centre in Oshawa will give the people of Durham Region the quickest path to getting back on the road.”

– Lorne Coe
MPP for Whitby

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