OMVIC was created in 1997 to administer the MVDA on behalf of the Ontario government through the Ministry of Public and Business Service Delivery (MPBSD), formerly known as the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS). Its authority for day-to-day administration comes from the Safety & Consumer Statutes Administration Act.
The Safety & Consumer Statutes Administration Act created administrative authorities – non-profit corporations independent of both industry associations and government – which deliver services and programs for different industries regulated by MPBSD.
Motor vehicle dealers and salespeople, governed by the MVDA, are the first of four industries to have an administrative authority in place, along with a signed administrative agreement.
MPBSD is responsible for any legislative changes to the MVDA, setting marketplace standards and for overseeing consumer protection policy. The delivery of delegated services and programs is the responsibility of OMVIC. MPBSD monitors the performance of OMVIC to ensure that marketplace standards are maintained through accountability tools such as business plans, annual reports and third-party audits.