There are two ways to become a taxicab owner:
Taxicab owners who also wish to drive a taxicab, must be licensed as a Vehicle-for-Hire driver.
Individuals, partnerships or corporations.
Original documents required for all applications (and renewal transactions).
Two pieces of government-issued identification (one must be photo ID):
The Licence and Permit Issuing Office at the East York Civic Centre is closed due to COVID-19. Businesses requiring licences and/or permits from the City of Toronto can apply via a new online application portal.
Licence application and renewal fees must be paid online. Please have all required documents ready to upload before starting the application, as it requires 10-15 minutes to complete and cannot be saved.
If you have already submitted an application you may upload additional documents using your upload token.
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.
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.
There are no fees associated with these licence types.
Partnerships and corporations must also provide the following:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org from the insurer.
Applicants must submit the original provincial vehicle registration, where the name and address match.
To register a replacement vehicle online the following documents can be emailed to email@example.com:
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:
You can find your submission date on on the following links:
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.
Technical specifications of cameras:
Installation and placement of cameras:
Door activation feature of cameras:
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.
Used Vehicle Package must be submitted for all Standard or TTL sales.
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:
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.