McGuinty Government To Introduce New Driver's Licence Card

    New Card Will Include State-Of-The-Art Security Features

    QUEEN'S PARK, March 9 /CNW/ - The Ontario government today took a
significant step toward making its driver's licence cards more secure.
    "We're on the side of Ontarians concerned about safety," said
Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield. "To meet today's security needs we
are introducing a new card with technologies and security features to protect
holders from identify theft and make it more difficult to tamper with or
    Using the latest technology, and with security changes guided by Western
Hemisphere Travel Initiative, the Ontario driver's licence will be at the
forefront of card security. The card will be produced by Giesecke and Devrient
Systems Canada (G&D), a subsidiary of The G & D Group, a global leader with
more than 40 years' experience in advanced technology for identification,
including secure document design for driver's licences, passports, payment
transactions and currency printing for governments and financial institutions
around the world. Selected though a fair, open and competitive process, the
Markham, Ontario based company will draw on its worldwide experience and
expertise to create the next generation of Ontario's driver's licences.
    Last week, Premier Dalton McGuinty and the premiers of Manitoba and New
Brunswick visited Washington to raise concerns with US leaders about the
impact of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative on jobs and the economy in
states and provinces along the border. The new card will serve as the platform
for further discussions about how the embedded security measures could provide
a viable solution for travel across the border for families, businesses and
    "America is a key trading partner, neighbour and friend to Canada, and
safe and secure border crossings are critical to both nations," added
Cansfield. "The proposed new high-security driver's licence card could be a
workable solution for families, businesses and governments on both sides of
the border that increases security and protects cross-border trade and
tourism. We need to balance security measures with the safe and efficient
movement of people and goods."
    "The new, more secure driver's license is an important part of our
efforts to keep our border with the United States safe while maintaining
free-flowing trade and travel," said Tourism Minister Jim Bradley.
    "We are extremely proud to have been chosen to deliver the next
generation of driver's licences for the people of Ontario," said Anna
Rossetti, president, Card Systems and Solutions, G&D Canada. "G&D places an
extraordinarily high value on security, and we are honoured for the work and
responsibility the Government of Ontario has entrusted to us - it is a
responsibility we take very seriously."
    The new card will be available in late 2007.

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For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Jamie Rilett, Minister's
Office, (416) 327-9134; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158;
Public Inquiries: (416) 235-4686 (GTA), 1-800-268-4686 toll free,
1-866-471-8929 TTY

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