There are two ways to become a taxicab owner.

1. Toronto Taxicab Licences (TTL) will be issued from a waiting list of drivers. Please note that the waitlist has been on hold since July 2016. If your position on the driver’s list changes, you will be contacted by the Licence and Permit Issuing Office.

2. You can purchase an existing Standard taxicab or TTL taxicab. When you purchase a standard taxicab, you will be issued a standard taxicab licence. When you purchase a TTL, you will be issued a TTL. Both licences are subject to conditions.

Taxicab owners who also wish to drive a taxicab, must be licensed as a Vehicle-for-Hire driver.

Individuals, partnerships or corporations.

Apply in person at the Licence and Permit Issuing Office at East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell, 3rd floor.

An Accessibility Fund Program has been created to support the availability of accessible service and to offset the higher cost of providing wheelchair accessible service.

The program is being funded by a regulatory charge on members of the industry. Toronto Taxicab Licensees (TTLs) and Standard Taxicab Owners who have an accessible vehicle are exempt from these fees.

Funds will be disbursed to wheelchair accessible taxicab owners and drivers based on service standards and eligibility criteria. Drivers will also be required to have valid accessible service training.

Drivers and owners under contract with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Wheel-Trans program will not be eligible.

Accessible owners and drivers may apply to the program from January 1 – 31, 2020 for service offered in 2019. The funds will be disbursed after March 1, 2020.

Taxicab Owner (Standard Vehicles)

Application Fee: $0

Licensing fee: $1,003.84

Accessibility Fund Program fee: $125.32

You do not need to pay an application fee when submitting your application. Once your application is approved, you will need to submit a total of $1,129.16, which includes the licensing fee and Accessibility Fund Program fee.

Toronto Taxicab Licence (TTL) and Taxicab Owner (Accessible)

There are no fees associated with these licence types.

Partnerships and corporations must also provide the following:

  • a business location/address
  • a copy of provincial business name registration or signed franchise agreement
  • a partnership agreement

Or

  • a copy of Articles of Incorporation (Note: If there has been a change to the list of officers and directors, please also provide a current Corporate Profile Report)

If the president, director or officer of the corporation are unable to apply in person at the Licence and Permit Issuing Office, a designate may apply on their behalf. The designate must:

  • have an original letter advising of their signing authority on the corporation letterhead
  • provide two pieces of identification for themselves
  • provide two pieces of identification for each officer and director of the corporation, or, if original identification is not available, notarized photocopies of the identification

Original documents required for all applications (and renewal transactions).

Two pieces of government-issued identification (one must be photo ID):

  • Canadian Passport (Photo ID)
  • Driver’s Licence (Photo ID)
  • Canadian Birth Certificate
  • Citizenship Card
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • SIN Card (Social Insurance Number)
  • Valid Work Permit

Note:

  • First and last names must match on all identification
  • We do not accept Health Cards
  • Identification is required for all officers/directors listed on the Articles of Incorporation, Corporate Profile or Federal Form 6

Applicants must provide an original Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check issued by a Canadian Police Service within 280 days prior to the application.

Applicants must provide proof of $2,000,000 in Public Liability and Property Damage (PL/PD) insurance insurance.

A form certificate will be provided at time of application for your insurance provider to complete.

Original completed forms that are signed and stamped by the insurer must be emailed directly to mlstaxilimo@toronto.ca from the insurer.

Applicants must submit the original provincial vehicle registration, where the name and address match.

The vehicle:

  • must be no more than seven model years old. For example, a taxicab manufactured in 2012 must be replaced in 2019
  • cannot be a former police vehicle or a taxicab from another jurisdiction
  • must have the taxicab plate affixed to the right side of the rear bumper
  • must be an accessible vehicle for taxicabs with TTL plates
  • must have four doors
  • cannot be currently attached to a Private Transportation Company (PTC) licence
  • must be equipped with snow tires or all-weather tires from December 1 to April 30

An original Standard Safety Certificate (SSC) or Annual Inspection Certificate (AIC) is required as part of a complete application.

An SSC or AIC is issued following an inspection by a Motor Vehicle Inspection Station (MVIS) garage operator, licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

The SSC or AIC cannot be more than 36 days old at time of submission.

To submit your SSC or AIC:

  • email a photo or scanned copy of your SSC or AIC to vehicleinspection@toronto.ca with your plate number in the subject line. You will only be contacted if there are any issues, or
  • bring an original copy to the Licence and Permit Issuing Office

You can find your submission date on on the following links:

Toronto Taxicab Licence (TTL) Taxicab Vehicle Inspections

Standard Taxicab Vehicle Inspections

  • Safety Standards Certificate (SSC) or Annual Inspection Certificate (AIC) needs to be submitted once a year
  • SSC or AIC can be submitted up to 30 days before the submission date, but can’t be more than 36 days old at time of submission
  • Keep a hard copy of all SSCs or AICs in the vehicle

If an SSC or AIC is not provided within seven days of its due date, your business licence can be suspended.

During consultations for the Vehicle-for-Hire bylaw review, the City heard from the taxi industry that greater flexibility in camera choice was needed to keep up with advancements in technology. Toronto Police Forensic Identification Services also identified issues with the previous cameras that led to unsuccessful downloads of footage needed in police investigations.

Cameras in taxicabs continue to be mandatory in Toronto because of the anonymity of picking up passengers from street-hails or cabstands, and because taxicabs accept cash. Cameras in taxicabs are installed for driver safety.

The updated camera specifications will ensure that taxicab owners and/or drivers can purchase and install cameras at different price points and decide for themselves, if they wish to purchase additional features.

A notice must be attached in the taxicab informing passengers that they are being video recorded. This updated notice is available at the Licence and Permit Issuing Office, 850 Coxwell Avenue, 3rd Floor.

Camera specifications

Technical specifications of cameras:

  • must be able to clearly record images in all lighting conditions, including bright sunshine, shade, darkness, total darkness, and when strong backlighting is present
  • must have high definition (HD) video recording with audio recording capabilities
  • must have GPS capability
  • each recorded image must be automatically stamped with a unique and non-modifiable code that identifies the controller that was used to record the image
  • images and videos must have date and time stamps
  • images and videos need to be retained for a minimum of seven (7) days
  • must have an indicator showing when the camera is operational and when there is a malfunction

Installation and placement of cameras:

  • must be installed so that it will not interfere with driver’s field of vision or impede the use of any of the vehicles’ mirrors
  • camera must capture all of the occupants of the vehicle

Door activation feature of cameras:

  • must reset every time doors are opened
  • must continue to record images for 30 minutes after engine is shut off

If the vehicle is not new, the applicant must provide a Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP) from the Ministry of Transportation. The UVIP must show the applicant as the current owner.

A sales agreement is required for plates that have been sold.

A designated custodian and/or taxicab operator can be assigned, if applicable.

All outstanding licensing fees and charges must be paid by the licensee transferring the licence and/or the applicant to whom the licence is being transferred.

The City shall deny an application for, or a renewal, for all businesses required to be licenced under this chapter that has:

    1. Been convicted at any time of a sexual offence against a minor or a person with a disability under any of sections 151 to 153.1 of the Criminal Code
    2. Been convicted of any sexual offence under the Criminal Code in the preceding ten years
    3. Been convicted of an offence under the following Criminal Code sections in the preceding five years:
      1. 84 to 117.15 (Firearms and Other Weapons)
      2. 264.1 to 286.1 (Offences Against the Person)
      3. 321 to 378 (Offences Against Rights of Property)
      4. 379 to 462 (Fraudulent Transactions, Wilful and Forbidden Acts of Certain Property, Offences Relating to Currency)
      5. 462.3 to 462.5 (Proceeds of Crime)
    4. Been convicted at any time of an offence under the following Criminal Code sections:
      1. 83.01 to 83.33 (Terrorism)
      2. 219 to 248 (Major Offences Against the Person)
      3. 267, 268, 270.01, 272, 273 (Major Assaults or Major Sexual Assaults)
    5. Been convicted of an offence under the following Controlled Drugs and Substances Act sections in the preceding ten years:
      1. 5 (Trafficking)
      2. 6 (Importing and exporting)
      3. 7 (Production)
      4. 7.1 (Possession for use in production or trafficking)
    6. Been convicted of any offence under section 4 (Possession or obtaining) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act in the preceding five years
    7. Been convicted of five or more offences under Chapter 545 or 546 of the Toronto Municipal Code in the preceding three years
    8. Any overdue by-law fines, unless the applicant provides proof that such fines have been subsequently paid

Despite these screening criteria, if a licence has been previously issued or renewed and the applicant’s or licensee’s record discloses no new breach of the screening criteria, the licence may be issued or renewed without the matter being referred to the Toronto Licensing Tribunal.

These screening criteria do not apply to any offence for which a licensee or applicant has been granted a criminal record suspension (i.e. a pardon) by the Parole Board of Canada.

Your licence will expire annually on the anniversary of the date that the licence was first issued.

The renewal fee for Taxicab Owner (Standard Vehicles) is $1,003.84.

Accessibility Fund Program fee: $125.32

You will need to pay a total of $1,129.16 when renewing your taxicab owner licence.

A renewal notice, identifying any documents required to renew the licence, will be mailed to the address on file.

Payments received after the licence expiry date are subject to late fees in addition to the annual licence fee.

If you fail to renew your licence within 90 days of the specified renewal date, your licence will be cancelled and you will have to reapply.