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 Cell Phone Legislation in Canada

ProvinceFineDemeritsInto Effect
British Columbia$1673February 2010*
Alberta$172NoneSeptember 2011
Saskatchewan$2804January 2010
Manitoba$2002July 2010
Ontario$280NoneOctober 2009*
Quebec$115 – $1543April 2008
Newfoundland and Labrador$100 – $400 currently
($45 – $180 originally)
4April 2003
Prince Edward Island$250-$4003January 2010
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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