Published on September 26th, 2018 | by Lisa Boynton

Take a Visual Stroll of CAA over the Last 115 Years!

We’ve worn many hats over our 115 years of helping to keep Members safe.

Motorist and legislative advocate, emergency roadside service provider, driver, bicyclist and pedestrian safety champion, travel specialist, insurance provider and fellow community member.

As times and motoring have changed, CAA has evolved with the times to serve Members and the community when and where they need us most.

But this year has been special.

This year we’ve been delighted to wear our ‘party’ hats to celebrate 115 years of helping to protect our Members.

Enjoy some video highlights above, and below, a pictorial timeline, highlighting some of the major milestones we’ve achieved over that last plus-century.

Our History.

1903 – It begins! Just twenty-seven motorists gather at Queen’s Park to advocate for new automobile laws and establish the Toronto Automobile Club. At the time, there are 178 registered motor vehicles in Ontario.

1913 – The newly named Ontario Motor League (OML) launches a Road Sign program, erecting 200,000 signs on Ontario highways by 1937.

1920’sEmergency Road Service is introduced for an annual $5 Membership fee.

1930’s – CAA launches the School Safety Patrol program to keep children safe in school zones. The program is still thriving today with 20,000 student patrollers in Ontario annually.

1960’s – CAA’s launches its first travel agency – World Touring Counselors Limited. Today it’s known as CAA Travel.

1960’s – OML provides motorists in Southern Ontario with seat belts, which officially become law in 1976.

1970’s – By 1970 the OML had been renamed CAA.

1974 – The Ontario Motorist Insurance Company is officially established, after having offered personal and auto insurance since 1937. It’s now known as CAA Insurance Company.

2010’s – CAA introduces Bike Assist – roadside assistance for bicycles.

2012 – CAA protects its first traveller by issuing its first policy through the newly-licensed Orion Travel Insurance.

2014Service Tracker is introduced, providing Members with live updates on the status of their service call, truck location, and ETA.

2015 – CAA South Central Ontario celebrates 2 million Members!

2017 – CAA forms a partnership with Mirvish Productions, including the naming of ‘CAA Theatre’ (formerly “Panasonic Theatre”).

2018 – CAA celebrates 115 years of keeping Members safe!


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