It took over 35 years but Ontario vehicle owners will be getting newly designed personal and commercial licence plates beginning next year.

Ontario’s licence plates were last redesigned in 1982

Along with plates, the province also introduced a new design for drivers licences.

“We are renewing the licence plate and driver’s licence because it represents how we are renewing our entire approach to government,” said Bill Walker, Minister of Government and Consumer Services.

“Our government is embracing change because we recognize that the old established ways of working are no longer good enough.”

Ontario Licence Plate_2019

Starting February 1, 2020, all licence plates issued will be of the new plate design and Ontarians will also be able to voluntarily purchase a new licence plate featuring one of two optimistic slogans.

Ontario Passenger Plates will feature the tagline “A Place to Grow” a reminder of Ontario’s unofficial ‘A Place to Stand, a Place to Grow’ anthem first debuted at Expo ’67.

Ontario Commercial Plates will feature the slogan ‘Open for Business’ which the province says reflects its renewed commitment to economic growth and job creation across Ontario.

The Minister says the licence plate redesign includes a new look and feel that is materially enhanced, and an effective product that will last longer for Ontarians.


Ontario issues approximately 3.6 million licence plates per year in total, including approximately 2.4 million passenger and 580,000 commercial plates.

As of January 2018, there were approximately 7.3 million passenger vehicles, 1.6 million commercial vehicles and 3 million trailers in Ontario with active licence plates.