Change: MPI will offer license exchanges to Ukrainian refugees

Winnipeg, Manitoba — As hundreds of refugees fleeing war in Ukraine arrive in Canada daily by air, Manitoba Public Insurance announced it is offering driver’s license exchanges for newcomers in need of transportation.

Starting Monday, Ukrainians will be able to exchange their Class B passenger vehicle license for a full Manitoba Stage Class 5 license without the need for any road test.

Ukrainian licensed drivers arriving in Canada are granted a three-month grace period during which they can use their existing license before a Manitoba driver’s license is required.

All applications will be subject to review, according to MPI’s press release, and commercial class licenses or motorcycle licenses are not eligible for trade.

According to MPI, the initiative was made possible by a UK-led analysis of driver training requirements and examination standards in Ukraine.

Additionally, the decision makes Ukraine the fifteenth jurisdiction to enter into a reciprocal or license exchange agreement with Manitoba, joining Japan and Australia, whose exchange agreements were finalized in 2021 and 2018, respectively.

MPI says eligible individuals who have recently arrived in Manitoba and have already begun the driver’s license/testing process should contact the MPI Contact Center at 204-985-7000 or toll-free at 1-800-665-2410 to discuss their options.