Getting a driver’s license in Canada is a pretty straightforward process. The rules differ between provinces, so do some reading around the requirements.
As a general rule, USA, Ireland and Commonwealth countries (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Australia, South Africa) all have reciprocal agreements with Canada whereby residents of these countries can simply transfer their license without sitting any tests.
Ireland has an agreement with licencing authorities in Ontario, Manitoba, and Newfoundland and Labrador to mutually exchange each other’s licences.
British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and New Brunswick will exchange Irish licences, however Ireland will not automatically swap these licences if you return.
No arrangements are in place for Irish licence holders in Alberta, Nova Scotia, Quebec or Prince Edward Island.
Tip#1: Request a copy of your driving history from the appropriate organization in your home country before you go to Canada. This document is important in many provinces for determining your driving experience. It will make getting a driver’s license in Canada much easier.
Tip#2: Irish people from Northern Ireland can avoid sitting a Knowledge Test and Driving Test in Canada if they apply for a British driver’s license prior to coming to Canada. An Irish person living in the UK can also apply for a British license.
The rules are different depending on your country, so follow these links for each province’s rules around getting a driver’s license in Canada.