< Back Will I need to drive my own vehicle to conduct my everyday life (work/school/shopping) at my destination? How can I legally drive a vehicle in this city? What side of the road do people drive on? Describe typical public transportation an expat might use to get around the city. Could an expat also use public transportation to get out of the city—to surrounding towns, recreation areas or suburbs? If so, list options. In regards to transportation, are there any safety issues I should be aware of? Where do I buy tickets/tokens/etc. for the major public transportation? Will I need to drive my own vehicle to conduct my everyday life (work/school/shopping) at my destination? You have the option of driving your own vehicle, as long as you have a valid driver’s license accompanied by vehicle insurance. Transferees will find that driving in Toronto is also user-friendly thanks to the grid-like pattern of the streets. However, be aware that downtown Toronto has limited parking. ↑ Top How can I legally drive a vehicle in this city? In Ontario, there are 12 different kinds of licenses. Each one qualifies you to drive a different type of vehicle. The class of license you have must match your vehicle type, from delivery truck to car. An Ontario driver’s licence is your proof of your privilege to drive. You must carry it with you whenever you drive. You can obtain one at the local Ministry of Transportation. As a new resident of Ontario with a valid driver’s licence from another province or country, can use your licence for 60 days in Ontario. If you want to continue to drive after 60 days, you must get an Ontario driver’s licence. ↑ Top What side of the road do people drive on? Similar to the United States, people drive on the right side of the road. ↑ Top Describe typical public transportation an expat might use to get around the city. The city’s advanced public transportation system lets you get around town with ease. The Toronto Transit Commission is made up of an extensive system of subways, streetcars, buses and rapid transit trains. Ontario’s GO (Government of Ontario) Transit provides commuter rail and bus services. Also, don’t forget that Toronto has an 11 km (7 mi) subterranean walkway right below the city streets. ↑ Top Could an expat also use public transportation to get out of the city—to surrounding towns, recreation areas or suburbs? If so, list options. Contact the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) at 416-393-INFO or search their website. ↑ Top In regards to transportation, are there any safety issues I should be aware of? The TTC is one of the safest transit systems in the world. All TTC employees contribute to safety and security on the transit system and in the community by reporting such things as personal safety incidents, accidents or fires. Designated waiting areas are located on all subway and rapid transit platforms for your safety and convenience while you are waiting for your train. These areas have brighter lights as well as intercoms, closed-circuit television cameras, public telephones and benches to sit on while you wait. Passenger assistance alarms are the black and yellow strips located above the windows and at the ends of subway/RT cars. Press the alarm strip immediately if you see or experience an incident that should be reported or stopped. ↑ Top Where do I buy tickets/tokens/etc. for the major public transportation? If you pay cash to ride the TTC, have the exact fare ready; drivers don't provide change. It is cheaper and more convenient to buy tickets or tokens than to pay cash for every trip. You can buy tickets and tokens at any subway station or a store displaying the Ticket Agent sign. Call +1 416-393-4636 for your closest ticket agent. Transfer tickets allow you to pay once for two rides by way of TTC when used for a continuous trip. They will only be accepted at designated transfer points on day of issue for a one-way continuous trip. Transfers are free and must be obtained when you pay your fare. Ask for a transfer from a driver or get one from an automatic transfer machine in the subway/RT station, after you pay your fare. ↑ Top IMPORTANT NOTE: Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.