Government-approved driving schools can help you become a safe and responsible driver. They may also save you money on insurance premiums and let you take your G1 exit road test sooner.

Government-approved driving schools are:

  • licensed
  • meet certain standards set out by the Ministry of Transportation for:
    • in-class and in-vehicle training (must include 40 hours of instruction)
    • general administration
    • advertising

Find a driving school

Beginner Driver Education (BDE) programs include:

  • digital or in-person classroom instruction
  • hands-on, in-vehicle training
  • flexible instruction time

Digital or in-person classroom instruction

In a government-approved driver education course, you will:

  • receive at least 20 hours of classroom instruction digitally or in-person
  • be in a class with up to 40 students for in-person classes or up to 15 students for virtual classes
  • get a copy of the course textbook and the official MTO Driver’s Handbook — the only official handbook for drivers

In-vehicle instruction

You will:

  • receive a minimum of 10 hours of in-vehicle training delivered by a licensed instructor

    Please note: You cannot complete more than 2 hours of in-vehicle training per day. After 5 hours of classroom instruction, you must not receive more than 1 hour of in-vehicle training in the same day.
  • complete your in-vehicle training within 1 year from the start of your classroom instruction
  • drive a vehicle that has no more than two students per instructor

Flexible training

A government-approved beginner driver education course must offer 10 hours of flexible instruction time, in addition to the 20 hours of classroom instruction and 10 hours of in-vehicle lessons. This can be used for:

  • Classroom Driving Instruction
  • Digital Instruction
  • In-Vehicle Instruction
  • Driving Simulator Instruction
  • Homelinks

After completing the course

When you successfully complete a government-approved beginner driver education course:

  • the driving school will certify you online
  • your student driver record will be updated through the Ministry of Transportation

If you need proof to show that you've completed the course, you can get your driver's licence history for a fee.

Find a government-approved driving school

Not all driving schools offer government-approved courses. When deciding on which driving school to attend, you can:

  • check that the school is approved and does not appear on the revoked schools list
  • review the course requirements, including classroom and in-vehicle course components
  • speak with the instructor to learn more about what is offered
  • ask friends or family if they recommend the school

These driving schools offer government-approved courses.

Driver improvement and defensive driving courses

In some cases, you may be required to take a driver improvement course (DIC) or defensive driving course (DDC) to avoid losing your driver’s licence. Many driving schools offer driver improvement courses and defensive driving courses in addition to government-approved beginner driver education programs. You can find out where these courses are available in the list of approved schools.

Revoked driving schools

These schools no longer provide approved driver education courses that meet government standards.

Revoked schools: A-C

  • A+ Go Driving School

    2 Antrim Crescent, Unit 7
    Scarborough, Ontario, M1P 2N3

  • A Plus Driving School

    1349 Main Street East
    Hamilton, Ontario, L8K 1B6

  • AA-A All Star Driving School

    5990 16th Avenue, Unit 222
    Markham, Ontario, L3P 7R2

  • Ace College Driving School

    105 University Avenue East, Unit 1
    Waterloo, Ontario, N2J 2W1

  • Ace College Driving School

    165 Victoria Street South
    Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 2B7

  • Acts Driving School

    252 Bank Street, Unit 400
    Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 1X3

  • All Ages Trainers Driving School

    51 Dundas Street West
    Mississauga, Ontario, L5B 1H7

  • All Save Driving School

    2741 Dundas Street West
    Toronto, Ontario, M6P 1Y1

  • Amigo Driving School

    1535 St. Clair Avenue West
    Toronto, Ontario, M6E 1C5

  • Assyrian Driving School

    964 Albion Road, Unit 106
    Toronto, Ontario, M9V 1A7

  • Best Canadian Driving School

    1790 Albion Road, Unit 220
    Etobicoke,Ontario, M9V 4J8

  • Best Choice Driving School

    5140 Dundas Street West, Unit 2
    Etobicoke, Ontario, M9A 1C1

  • Best Way Driver Education

    6 Milvan Drive, Unit 206
    North York, Ontario, M9L 1Z2

  • Big City Driving School

    3111 Dufferin Street, Suite B-9
    Toronto, Ontario, M6A 2S7

  • C G Driving School

    2971 Islington Avenue
    Toronto, Ontario, M9L 2K7

  • Canada Best Driving School

    39 Dundas Street East, Suite 204
    Mississauga Ontario, L5A 1V9

  • Canada Driving School

    622 Gerrard St E
    Toronto, Ontario, M4M 1Y3
  • Chief Driver Education

    270 Queen Street South
    Bolton, Ontario, L4E 4Z5

  • Community 2000 Driving School

    1865 Leslie Street, Suite 204
    North York, Ontario, M3B 2M3

Revoked schools: D-J

  • Dalal Driving School

    26A Dundas Street East, 2nd Floor
    Mississauga, Ontario, L5A 1W2

  • Diamond Driving School

    845 Upper James Street, Suite 212
    Hamilton, Ontario, L9C 3A3

  • Downtown Driving School

    2-B Emerson Avenue
    Toronto, Ontario, M6H 3S8

  • DriveWize

    1185 Sunnyside Rd FL 1 RR8
    Kingston, Ontario, K7L 4V4

  • Driving Safety League

    81 Wilson West
    Ancaster, Ontario, L9G 1N1

  • E & V Driving School

    2823 Eglinton Avenue East
    Scarborough, Ontario, M1J 2E1

  • Finesse Driving School

    150 Consumers Road, Suite 204
    North York, Ontario, M2J 1P9

  • Gondal Driving School

    37 George Street North, Suite B508
    Brampton, Ontario, L6X 1R5

  • Hilltop Driving School

    28 Mill Street, Unit 12
    Orangeville, Ontario, L9W 2M3

  • Inspiration Driving Institute

    3033 Palstan Road, Suite 103
    Mississauga, Ontario L4Y 4E7

  • Inspiration Driving Institute

    1021 Gerrard Street East, Unit 3
    Toronto, Ontario M4M 1Z6

Revoked schools: K-Q

  • Key Driving School

    3212 Lakeshore Blvd. West
    Etobicoke, Ontario, M8V 1K7

  • Kingsway Driving School - Toronto East

    4433 Sheppard Avenue East, Unit 203
    Scarborough, Ontario, M1S 1V3

  • Mar-Pol Driving School

    2423 Lakeshore Blvd. West
    Etobicoke, Ontario, M8V 1C4
    416-251-9790 / 416-834-3900

  • Mr. Learn to Drive

    265 Avenue Road
    Cambridge, Ontario, N1R 7Z1
    519-249-0943 / 1-866-658-2191

  • North Star Driving School

    2299 Drew Road, Unit 6
    Mississauga, Ontario, L5S 1A3

  • OnRoad Driving School

    93 King Street West, Suite 2A
    Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 1A7

  • Ontario Driver Education

    36 Tally Ho Road
    Dundas, Ontario, L9H 3M6

  • Opkar Driving School

    204-8 Melanie Drive
    Brampton, Ontario, L6T 4L2

  • Oriented Drivers

    14 Nelson Street West, Unit 205
    Brampton, Ontario, L6X 1B7

  • Peter's Academy of Defensive Driving

    5762 Hwy. #7, Suite 203A
    Markham, Ontario, L3P 1A8

  • Peter's Academy of Defensive Driving

    1050 Brock Road, Unit 10
    Pickering, Ontario, L1W 3X4

  • Peter's Academy of Defensive Driving

    777 Warden Ave., Suite 211
    Toronto, Ontario, M1L 4C3

  • Peter's Academy of Defensive Driving

    8130 Shepard Avenue East, Suite 205
    Toronto, Ontario, M1B 3W3

  • Peter's Academy of Defensive Driving

    965 Dundas Street West, Unit 201
    Whitby, Ontario, L1P 1G8

Revoked schools: R-Z

  • Rite-Way Driving School Inc.

    1212 Bank Street
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 3Y1

  • Royal Canadian Driving School

    1111 Albion Road, Suite 105
    Etobicoke, Ontario, M9V 1A9

  • Saabi Driving School Inc.

    2680 Lawrence Avenue East, Suite 208
    Scarborough, Ontario, M1P 4Y4

  • Safe Driving School

    1085 Princess Street
    Kingston, Ontario, K7L 1H3

  • Seneca Driving School

    1085 Bellamy Road North, Suite 215
    Scarborough, Ontario, M1H 3C7

  • Sid's Defensive Driving School

    1735 Bayly Street, Unit 7B
    Pickering, Ontario, L1W 3G7

  • Standard Driving School

    3761 Victoria Park Avenue, Suite 207
    Toronto, Ontario, M1W 3S2

  • The District of Grand Driving School

    200 Third Avenue South West
    Geraldton, Ontario, P0T 1M0

  • Waterloo Driving School

    15 Westmount Road South, Suite 102
    Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 2K2

  • Yellow Bird Drivers Training Centre

    3329 Bathurst Street
    North York, Ontario, M6A 2B7

  • YongTong Driving School

    4168 Finch Ave East, Unit 312
    Scarborough, Ontario M1S 5H6

Start an approved driving school

Government-approved driving schools must meet Ontario’s curriculum standards and other requirements including:

  • in-class or digital instruction
  • in-vehicle instruction
  • office facilities
  • administration
  • audits
  • advertising

If you’re interested in opening a new driving school or want to get your driving school approved, please contact driver.education@ontario.ca for a copy of Ontario’s Beginner Driver Education (BDE) policy manual and to learn how to start the process.