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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$5804Penalties rise incremental for second and third offences.
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$2805No
Northwest Territories$322-644 ****3Suspension for 2nd, 3rd and 4th offence
Nunavut$5,000***** No
*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.
*****Violations under Nunavut’s Traffic Safety Act can carry a maximum penalty of $5,000 or up to six months in prison.

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

These laws were updated as of July 10, 2020. Data should be used for information purposes only.

Provincial laws

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