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Distracted driving laws and penalties by province and territory

Province/TerritoryDistracted driving legislation that includes textingFineDemeritsAnnual convictions (most recent available numbers)Proposed or pending changes
British ColumbiaYes (2010)$1673 (for texting, not other distractions), 3 (for all distracted offences for GLP drivers)48,000 (2013)No
AlbertaYes (2011)$172None27,112 (Sept 1, 2012 - Aug 31, 2013)No
SaskatchewanYes (2010)$28044,300 (2013)No
ManitobaYes (2010)$20022,875 (Jan - Sept 2013)No
OntarioYes (2009)$280None63,813 (Jan - Nov 2013)No
QuebecYes (2008)$115 - 154347,000 (Jan - Sept 2013)Under discussion
New BrunswickYes (2011)$172.5031,389 (April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013)No
Prince Edward IslandYes (2010)$250 - 4003257 (2012)No
Nova ScotiaYes (2008)$164 - $337None4,841 (2013)No
Newfoundland and LabradorYes (2013)$100-40041,018 (April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013)No
YukonYes (2011)$250384 (2013)No
Northwest TerritoriesYes (2012)$115 with a victim surcharge3183 (Jan - Oct, 2013)No
Source: ICBC, BC Justice, Alberta Transportation, Alberta Justice, SGI, Manitoba Public Insurance, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, SAAQ, New Brunswick Department of Public Safety, Nova Scotia Justice, PEI Department of Transportation, Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Transportation and Public Works, Yukon Department of Highways and Public Works, NWT Department of Transportation, Government of Nunavut.

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