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Province permanently closing all ServiceOntario kiosks

Ontarians who need to renew their driver’s licence or health card will have to file the paperwork online or stand in line after the province announced it’s permanently closing all of its ServiceOntario kiosks due to security concerns.

All 72 kiosks were temporarily disabled in June due to card-skimming concerns in GTA machines. Now that the devices are closed for good, Ontarians must go online or visit one of the province’s 300 ServiceOntario offices.

“After months of careful analysis, consultation and testing of multiple options, it has been determined that even if we spend millions on security improvements, the kiosks would still be vulnerable to high-tech crime. We encourage our customers to go online – where it is faster, easier and more secure – to get the services they need,” Government Services Minister Harinder Takhar said in a statement Tuesday.

The government claims the move to shut down the kiosks will save taxpayers $8.5 million.