Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Northeastern BC
You need an out-of-province safety inspection to register your vehicle here. It cost me ~$140 a few years ago, I think, plus a new windshield. Most shops and mechanics can do this.
They don't have emissions testing here, so you don't need to worry about that scam for the time being.
Like Mr. M says, insurance here is all private. I've heard premiums can be insane for out of province drivers younger than 25 or with bad records. My premium went down slightly from BC. Make sure you get a claims history from your current insurance company and possibly an ON driver's abstract.
You don't pay health insurance premiums here. I think you need to have an address here for 3 mos. before you register here, so you need to keep your ON insurance valid for that time. You may want to check on that. Can't remember if it's 3 mos. exactly, or not.
In all, you have about 3 months after you get here to worry about that stuff. I think I left my truck under my BC registration, license and insurance for around 6 months before I got around to it.
If Princess Auto were a real girl, I'd ask her to marry me.