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Criminal Code suspensions

You will receive a one-year licence suspension the first time you are convicted of a Criminal Code offence.

If you are convicted of a second Criminal Code offence, your licence will be suspended for three years. A third Criminal Code offence will get you a lifetime suspension from driving with the possibility of reinstatement after 10 years only if you fulfill certain requirements. Fourth time offenders convicted of a Criminal Code offence are suspended from driving for life with no possibility of reinstatement.

Convictions will remain on your driver's record for a minimum of 10 years. The court can order a longer suspension if it believes that keeping you off the road will improve safety.

Your licence will be suspended if you are convicted of any of the following Criminal Code offences:

  • Driving or having care and control of a vehicle while your ability is impaired by alcohol or drugs
  • Refusing to submit to a breath test for alcohol
  • Failing or refusing to provide a breath sample for roadside testing
  • Driving or having care and control of a vehicle when your blood-alcohol concentration is more than 80 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood (.08)
  • Driving or having care and control of a boat, motorized or not, when your blood-alcohol concentration is more than 80 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood (.08)
  • Failing to remain at the scene of a collision to escape criminal or civil liability
  • Dangerous driving
  • Causing bodily harm by criminal negligence
  • Causing death by criminal negligence
  • Failing to stop for police