Canada: Distracted Driving Laws in Each Province

Update:

Fines jump to between $300 to $1,000, from the current $60 to $500. Three (3) demerit points if convicted of a distracted driving offence. Distracted driving added to list of novice driver conditions.
Beginning on September 1, 2015 any driver convicted of distracted driving will be fined $490 to $1000 and will accumulate three (3) demerit points. Novice drivers (who don’t possess a full “G” licence) will have it alot rougher. The first conviction will result in a 30 day driving suspension, the second conviction will result in a 90 day suspension and a third conviction will result in their license being cancelled and the driver must return to the start of the graduated licensing program.

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Hand-Held Cell Phone Legislation in Canada

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ProvinceFineDemeritsInto Effect
British Columbia$1673February 2010*
Alberta$172NoneSeptember 2011
Saskatchewan$2804June 2014
Manitoba$2005July 2015
Ontario$490 – $10003September 1, 2015
Quebec$115 – $1454April 2015
Newfoundland and Labrador$100 – $400 currently
($45 – $180 originally)
4April 2003
Prince Edward Island$500 – $12005July 2015
Nova Scotia$233.95 first offence
$348.95 second offence
$578.95 subsequent offences
4February 2015
New Brunswick$172.503June 2011
Yukon$2503April 2011
Northwest Territories$3223January 2012
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.
  • 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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