If an individual is found guilty of a Criminal Code offence related to the operation of a vehicle, penalties are provided under the Highway Safety Code. Penalties include revocation of a licence (learner's, probationary, driver's licence), or suspension of the right to obtain one of these licences if an individual drives without a valid licence.
Both types of penalties mean that an individual does not have the right to drive a road vehicle or to obtain a licence during the penalty period.
Licence revocation or suspension of the right to obtain a licence comes into effect on the day of conviction under the Criminal Code. The period is determined on the basis of the nature of the offence and the number of convictions within the previous ten years.
|For a blood-alcohol level above||1st offence||2nd offence||3rd or subsequent offence|
|* For offences committed on or after December 6, 2009.|
|80 mg/100 ml, but not more than 160 mg/100 ml||1 year||3 years||5 years|
|160 mg/100 ml, or for a refusal to provide a breath or blood sample or a refusal to submit to physical coordination tests*||3 years||5 years||5 years|
If the penalty imposed by a court is greater than the penalty provided under the Highway Safety Code, the longer period applies.
To obtain a new licence after an impaired driving-related revocation, you must meet the conditions that apply depending on whether the penalty was issued for a first or a repeat offence.
If the conviction is not related to an impaired driving offence, you will be required to:
Without exception, an individual is required to pay the minimum fee for a new licence, including the additional insurance contribution that applies based on the number of Criminal Code offences committed within the previous five years, more specifically:
These amounts include tax.