Nova Scotia to adopt electronic pink slips in 2018

Published: November 24, 2017

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones



Canada’s adoption of electronic pink slips is underway and provinces around the country are detailing plans to introduce the technology. Nova Scotia is the latest to say motorists will have approval for electronic pink slips early in 2018.

This means drivers in the province will not need to carry proof of auto insurance in their vehicles, the president of the Nova Scotia broker association said.

Insurance Brokers Association of Nova Scotia (IBANS) has approved and endorsed the Centre for Study of Insurance Operations’ new eDelivery solutions. There are expected to be launched in 2018 to match CSIO’s planned electronic pink slips output.

IBANS president Gina Mcfetridge says many customers are already pushing for eSlips. “In other cases, they are taking photographs themselves and storing electronic copies in their phones, potentially not thinking they are still required to have that hard copy pink card….”

“The majority of consumers are ready for [pink cards] and looking to have [them] available within the province,” McFetridge says.

CSIO announced its solution to Nova Scotia on Thursday, a week after its brought the eDelivery system to the Insurance Brokers Association of Alberta. Currently, motorists in Nova Scotia are mandated by law to carry a paper pink slip in their vehicle. Ontario was the first to move towards eSlips when its Liberal government said in May 2017 is will soon let drivers “confirm their proof of insurance through their mobile device, instead of the current paper ‘pink slips’ issued by insurance companies.”

The Nova Scotia Office of the Superintendent of Insurance was “certainly behind the concept of having electronic proof of insurance, but they had been presented with some concerns related to the possibility of privacy issues and had decided to take a step back and make sure those privacy issues were addressed before they moved ahead and asked law enforcement to start accepting electronic proof of insurance,” McFetridge says.