A car is often a quick and easy way to get around Waterloo Region. You may want to rent, purchase, lease or car-share a vehicle.

Driver's licence

To drive a car, motorcycle or scooter in Ontario you must have a valid driver's licence.

Depending on which country you are from, you may qualify for "Canadian driving experience". This can help you get your licence sooner. You may also be eligible for a temporary foreign driver's licence when you first arrive.

Owning or leasing a car

There is a lot to think about when buying or leasing a vehicle. The following resources can help you make an informed decision:

Leasing is a way of getting a vehicle for a set amount of time instead of buying it. Learn whether leasing or buying is the right option for you.

Vehicle insurance and registration

You must have car insurance to drive in Ontario. If you buy or lease a vehicle you must register it. You must carry your vehicle registration and insurance card with you while driving. If you buy a used vehicle, you may have to pass a Drive Clean test before you can register your car.

Car repairs

The Guide to Car Repairs has information about repairing your car and a list of places that can help you if you have a problem. The following sites are also helpful resources for car repairs:

Renting a vehicle

There are many car rental agencies in Waterloo Region. You can search the Yellow Pages or Ontario Travel for a list of car rental agencies in Ontario.

Rental charges and policies are different for each company. Most agencies charge you for the number of days you have the car and the distance you travel. You will also need to meet age and/or licence requirements.

Car sharing

Car sharing allows you to use a car without owning it. Members of a car sharing service book a time to use a vehicle and pay by the hour or kilometre. You can also lease a car with Community Car Share.

View the official road map of Ontario.


YMCA Immigrant & Employment Services

800 King Street W, Kitchener ON
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KW Phone: 519-579-9622

Cambridge Phone: 519-621-1621

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