Starting on Sept. 28, Franco-Ontarians will be able to request a free replacement of driver’s licence or Ontario Photo Card displaying their name using French Language characters.
It’s part of the Provincial Government’s commitment to making more services available in French.
The government says that this is a first step in the province’s plan to make French characters available on all Ontario government products.
“I am so proud to announce on Franco-Ontario Day that our government is adding French language characters to more provincial documents, beginning with driver’s licences and photo cards,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “Ontario’s Francophone community will now see their identity reflected in these products through the use of proper French spelling and characters. This demonstrates our government’s ongoing commitment to supporting Ontario’s Francophonie.”
The announcement comes on the heels of today’s announcement making the Franco-Ontarian Flag an emblem of the Province.
“Ontario is among the first provinces in Canada to offer French Language Characters on driver’s licences and photo cards,” said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Government and Consumer Services. “We will continue working with our partners to make French Language Characters available on additional products delivered by ServiceOntario.”
People wanting to add French language characters to their documents will be required to visit a ServiceOntario centre with supporting identification in hand to request their new ID.