Cannabis Road Safety Laws

Every year, there are tens of thousands of impaired driving incidents in Canada, including several thousand drug-impaired driving incidents.

Canadian legislation prohibits driving while impaired by alcohol, cannabis or a combination of both. Impaired driving is a serious crime that can threaten both your and your loved ones’ safety and that of others on the road. CAA has compiled information you need to know about cannabis and impaired driving in Canada.

Cannabis regulation varies between jurisdictions. This Government of Canada tool shares links to all provincial and territorial legislation, with a brief breakdown of the regulations. 

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Learn more about your province or territory’s legislation

Cannabis impaired driving statistics

Let’s clear the air. Here are some statistics on cannabis consumption and the effect it has on driving:

1 in 5

One in five younger Canadians say they have driven high or have travelled in a vehicle with a high driver.

– CAA Polling, 2020

12%

12% of young Canadians (aged 18 to 34) believe their driving is better or the same after consuming cannabis.

– CAA polling, 2020

50%

Half (50%) of young Canadians say they think it is safe to drive less than five hours after consuming cannabis.

– CAA polling, 2020

65%

65% of Canadians agree that cannabis users often fail to realize that they are impaired from using cannabis.

– CAA polling, 2020

327,000

In 2019, the number of first-time cannabis users was nearly double the corresponding estimate of 327,000 people one year earlier, when non-medical cannabis use was not yet legal.

– CAA polling, 2018

44%

44% of youth say it is easy to tell if someone is too high to drive.

– CAA polling, 2018

89%

89% of young Canadians say they wouldn’t drive themselves home after drinking alcohol, yet 66% of those same individuals would be willing to drive themselves home after consuming cannabis.

– CAA polling, 2018

44%

44% of Canadians say it’s safe to drive less than five hours after they’ve consumed cannabis.

– CAA polling, 2018