A Covid Update and School News - Apr. 18

 Update - APRIL 18th. 2021

To all students and clients: Amid the concerns around the Corona virus, Progressive DrivingSchool would like to provide you with the latest update on our response and commitment to the health, safety and well-being of our employees and students.

OFFICE: Our office is presently closed to walk-ins because of current safety concerns for the foreseeable future. At the present time, the best way to contact our office is through our

COURSES: At the present time, no courses will be offered due to the Government restrictions.

All in-vehicle training has been postponed until restrictions have been lifted.

At the present time the Ontario Government has just announced the Province will be on lockdown until the end of April.
This means we are not allowed to carry out any in-vehicle training or Road Tests until the government mandates.

*All road tests due to take place during lockdown will also be cancelled.

DRIVERS LICENSE HISTORY (required for Insurance Company)

*FULL COURSE STUDENTS MEANING: students who have enrolled in one of our monthly courses and commit to a minimum of 10 hours in-car training and 20 hours of in-classroom training.

In-vehicle only driving:

  • At this time we are not taking on clients who only wish to take in car driving only and be trained for their road test.
  • Also we are not renting our vehicles for the road test because of third party involvement (DriveTest).                                                                                                          
  • To resume in-car lessons:
  • Before you commit to a lesson we ask that you abide by the general health guidelines.

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  • When conducting in-car driving lessons, things will not be the same as before. While we must be sensible in trying to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID19 virus, we must also be cautious in decreasing the possibility of a second wave.
  • It is going to be exceedingly difficult to practice social distancing when conducting in-vehicle driving lessons, considering that it is difficult to keep a minimum of 2 meters or more between the student driver and the instructor in a vehicle that makes up a closed-in environment.
  • With this in mind, Progressive Driving School has assembled a list of health practices to protect students, instructors, offices and any third party involved in driver training (road tests).
  • As a business we also have to consider the liability issues for conducting lessons during the current pandemic.
  • Communication with Instructors / Students: Students and instructors should always keep connected with each other during this time for advice on any driving skills requiring practice.
  • I strongly suggest all students to get as much on-road practice at home. It is particularly important for parents/guardians (the co-driver) to initiate as much ‘seat time’ as possible. With this in mind we have put together a page on our website under 'Co-Driver Tip to assist with this process. 

CLASSROOM: See Note Above regarding enrollment to our advertised course.

 All classroom courses will be limited Enrollment because current health restrictions.


If a student is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, they must stay home from attending our classroom and should seek testing and appropriate medical attention

Appropriate hand hygiene is one of the most important protective strategies. Appropriate hand hygiene, including the use of alcohol-based hand rub, will be supplied, and reinforced.

Students attending will be required to wear masks indoors at all times while in the building.

 Thank you and keep safe.

Peter Keddie
Course Director
Progressive Driving School Inc.
Office: 807-343-9291


  • The Ministry of Transportation are extending validation periods for driver, vehicle products that would have otherwise expired on or after March 1, 2020 until further notice. For more information, please visit validity.
  • They are also extending the one-year completion requirement for beginner driver education students where without the extension, the course could not be completed on time.