Gas Card (Certificate of Exemption)

Modernizing the Ontario Gas Card Program

As of January 1, 2020, First Nation people, bands, Tribal Councils and band empowered entities will no longer require the Certificate of Exemption (Ontario Gas Card) as proof of entitlement to purchase tax‑exempt gasoline from authorized, on‑reserve retailers. Learn more.

In Ontario, there is a tax of 14.7 cents per litre on gasoline. First Nations individuals and bands do not have to pay this tax if they use their valid gas card when they buy gasoline:

  • for their own use, and
  • from an authorized gasoline retailer on a reserve.

Do I qualify?

To get a gas card, you need to be a:

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada issues a Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document to newly registered individuals. This document may be used as proof of your registration, until you receive a status card.

Gas cards are renewed every five years.

How do I get a gas card?

To get a gas card, you need to include a copy of your status card with your completed application form.

Download the Application for Certificate of Exemption for First Nations Individuals

You can also mail or fax a written request to the Ministry of Finance, following these instructions:

  1. make a clear photocopy of the front and back of your status card or your Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document
  2. print your name, full mailing address and telephone number on the photocopy
  3. give a reason why you are applying for a gas card. For example:
      • first time applying
      • card was damaged
      • card was lost, or
      • your name was changed on the band list
  4. sign your name at the bottom of the photocopy.

To get a gas card for a First Nations band, include:

  • band name
  • list of eligible First Nations drivers
  • list of band-owned vehicles, including makes, models and licence plate numbers.

Mail your request and required information to:

Ministry of Finance
Client Services Branch
33 King Street West
PO Box 625
Oshawa ONĀ  L1H 8E9

Or fax to 905-433-5680

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