In 1997, the motor vehicle dealer industry in Ontario became the first regulated business sector to move to self-management. On January 7 of that year, the first administrative authority created pursuant to the Safety & Consumer Statutes Administration Act, assumed responsibility for the administration of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act (MVDA).
OMVIC is the industry's self-management body and is made up of the 8,800 registered dealers in Ontario. As the administrative authority for the MVDA, OMVIC enforces the registration requirements for motor vehicle dealers and salespersons in the province. OMVIC's mandate and vision is to maintain a fair, safe and informed marketplace in Ontario.
OMVIC is focused on achieving:
OMVIC receives guidance from a 12-member Board of Directors made up of nine motor vehicle dealers, two consumer representatives and one government representative. The Board's responsibilities include providing business direction to OMVIC while ensuring its financial and functional viability and providing access to appropriate resources.
Day-to-day management of OMVIC is provided by an Executive Director, who is also responsible for the overall administration of the MVDA. As such, the Executive Director acts in the capacity of Registrar. This responsibility entails statutory authority to propose to refuse or revoke registrations.
We will promote a fair marketplace through innovation, enforcement and excellence in service.
OMVIC is structured around four areas of service aimed at protecting the public interest:
The registration process includes careful screening of all applicants. In order to be registered, all applicants must meet the requirements stipulated in the MVDA. Registrations are valid for a limited time, and renewals are conditional on registrants having demonstrated honesty, integrity and financial responsibility.
Inspections are conducted to examine business locations and to verify that books and records are properly maintained. Investigations are launched in situations where non-compliance is suspected, and prosecutions may occur as a result.
OMVIC handles disputes between consumers and dealers or between dealers themselves. The goal is to assist the parties involved to achieve a negotiated solution in order to avoid recourse to the courts.
OMVIC promotes dealer education programs as means of enhancing professionalism in the motor vehicle industry. In addition, OMVIC fosters public awareness and understanding of consumers' rights and responsibilities.
Self-management of the motor vehicle dealer industry offers value to consumers, dealers and government alike. Some of the more meaningful benefits include: