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The provincial government is thinking about doing away with vehicle licence renewal fees in Ontario, a senior government source has confirmed to CBC News.

Current fee is $120 a year for passenger vehicles in southern Ontario, and $60 in the north

Traffic moves along Toronto's Don Valley Parkway. The current licence renewal fee is $120 a year for passenger vehicles in southern Ontario and $60 in the north, and its revenue brings the province around $1 billion annually. (Kevin Frayer/The Canadian Press)

The provincial government is thinking about doing away with vehicle licence renewal fees in Ontario, a senior government source has confirmed to CBC News.

When asked for official comment Tuesday morning, a spokesperson for Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney would only say that the province is "considering a number of options to cut costs for Ontarians."

News of the possible move was first reported by the Toronto Star.

The current licence renewal fee is $120 a year for passenger vehicles in southern Ontario and $60 in the north, and its revenue brings the province around $1 billion annually. Ontario's annual highways maintenance budget is currently $560 million. 

The province has allowed people to use expired plate stickers since March 2020 to avoid having people gather in large groups at Service Ontario locations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, Ontarians are supposed to renew expired plate stickers before Feb. 28.

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