Distracted Driving Laws

Hand-Held Cell Phone Legislation in Canada

Province Fine Demerits Into Effect
British Columbia $368 4 February 2010**
Alberta $287 3 September 2011
Saskatchewan $280 4 January 2010
Manitoba $200 5 July 2010
Ontario $400-$1,000 + 3 demerits 3 October 2009**
Quebec $115 – $145 4 April 2008
Newfoundland and Labrador $100 – $400 currently 4 April 2003
Prince Edward Island $575-$1,275 5 January 2010
Nova Scotia $233.95 first offence
$348.95 second offence
$578.95 subsequent offences
4 April 2008
New Brunswick $172.50 3 June 2011
Yukon  $250 3 April 2011
Northwest Territories  $322 3 January 2012
Nunavut Nothing at this time
**In addition to banning hand-held communication devices, British Columbia, Ontario, and, the Northwest Territories 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.

For more information on other Distracted Driving Sites in Canada, please visit the site in your region:

*Source: Individual Provincial Legislation

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