Special message from AIA Canada regarding the announced changes to the Drive Clean program

Yesterday, during the 2016 Ontario Budget presentation at Queen's Park, the Ontario government announced its plans to eliminate the Drive Clean emissions test fee ($30) in 2017- 2018. Drive Clean is Ontario's mandatory vehicle emissions inspection and maintenance program, which tests over two million vehicles annually.

AIA has supported the program since its introduction in 1999, and a number of members participate in the program. The value of the program has been tremendous as a reported 335,000 tonnes of smog-causing pollutants have been diverted from the air.

With regards to the portion of the current fee paid to the shops performing the emissions tests, AIA has been in touch with the Drive Clean office at the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to confirm that shops will receive their share of the fee from the Ministry instead of the customer for services completed. At this time, details surrounding payment logistics and timelines are not available and AIA plans to work closely with industry and the Ontario government to ensure that members are informed and well prepared for this program transition. While information on this change is limited for the time being, AIA will share new information with members as soon as it becomes available.

The elimination of this fee is considered to be great news for consumers and since Ontario does not have a mandatory annual inspection program, these visits are a perfect opportunity to educate vehicle owners on the importance of regular preventative maintenance. It is the Association's hope that vehicle owners re-invest the money saved into the safety and roadworthiness of their vehicle.

For additional information:

Drive Clean Program (Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change)
Jobs for Today and Tomorrow: 2016 Ontario Budget (PDF - Ministry of Finance)
Be Car Care Aware (Car care tips and resources for consumers)

For more information, please contact Communications at:

180 Elgin Street, Suite 1400 Ottawa, ON K2P 2K3
1-800-808-2920, ext. 233