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Distracted Driving Laws in Canada

Distracted driving is a national issue. As a result, all 10 provinces in Canada have some form of cell phone/distracted driving legislation in place. Below is a synopsis of Hand-Held Cell Phone Legislation in Canada.

Hand-Held Phone Legislation in Canada

ProvinceFineDemeritsLicence suspension
British Columbia*$543** 4Two or more infractions within 12 months can result in a 3-12 month prohibition
Saskatchewan$2804Second and subsequent offences result in 7-day vehicle impoundment
Manitoba$67253-day licence suspension
7-day suspension for subsequent offences
Ontario*$615 - $1000 - first conviction
$615 - $2,000 - second conviction
$615 - $3,000 - third conviction
3 - first conviction
6 - second conviction
6 - third conviction
3-day suspension for first conviction
7-day suspension for second conviction
30-day conviction for third and any further conviction
Quebec$300 - $60053 days - first offence
7 days - second offence
30 days - third offence
Newfoundland and Labrador$300 - $10004No
Prince Edward Island$500 - $12005No
Nova Scotia$233.95 first offence
$348.95 second offence
$578.95 subsequent offences
New Brunswick$172.503No
Northwest Territories$322-644 ****3Suspension for 2nd, 3rd and 4th offence
NunavutNothing at this time
*In addition to banning hand-held communication devices, British Columbia and Ontario also ban the use of hand-held electronic entertainment devices while driving.
**B.C.’s base fine is $368 plus $175 for ICBC’s driver penalty point premiums
***A second offense within 12 months has a base fine of $368 plus $520 for ICBC’s driver penalty point premiums. Repeat offenders will also have their driving record subject to automatic review, which could result in a 3-12 month driving prohibition.
****The fine increases to $644 for distracted driving in school and construction zones.

These laws were updated as of June 1, 2019. Data should be used for information purposes only.

Additional notes

  • British Columbia and Saskatchewan prohibit GDL drivers from using both hand-held and hands-free devices.
  • No Canadian jurisdiction bans ALL drivers from using hands-free cell phones while driving.

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