We voted in Ontario this week. Perhaps not a big deal but it is one more sign that we are now officially Ontario, and not BC, residents. To register at the polls, we had to pull out our new Ontario drivers’ licenses and were prepared to show our new OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Program) cards. Last month we finished the process of getting our vehicles registered in Ontario, received new licence plates and were required to mail back to ICBC our BC plates.
It all has taken a lot of time in line ups at government offices, filling out forms and collecting proof of residency. They want to see business mail sent to our address but, because we do most of our business online, it took quite a while to collect the types of mail that they accept as proof of residency.
It seemed a bit final to give up the signs of being BC residents; for example, to turn in our BC driver’s licenses and cancel our BCMSP coverage. But it particularly hit me in class when I was talking about the nearly 14,000,000 residents of Ontario. I had to stop myself when, referring to that population, I first said “they…..” and then said to the students “I suppose I need to say we……” We are officially Ontario residents – but I haven’t started cheering for the Toronto Maple Leafs yet!