Ignition Interlock Program

Photo of driver blowing into Ignition Interlock device Find out about which Ontario drivers must use an ignition interlock device in their vehicles and how the program works.

Program overview

You will be subject to Ontario's Ignition Interlock Program if you are:

  • convicted of an impaired or drinking and driving-related offence under the Criminal Code of Canada
  • suspended for registering a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05 to 0.08 three or more times during a 5-year period

If you want to drive after your licence is reinstated, you must have an ignition interlock device installed. You will need to register with an approved interlock service provider to have the device installed. It must be inspected regularly by the service provider.

If you choose not to install an interlock device, you must not drive until the condition is removed from your licence.

Eligible drivers convicted for a first-time alcohol impaired driving-related offence under the Criminal Code may be able to reduce their licence suspension as part of the Reduced Suspension with Ignition Interlock Conduct Review Program

Ignition interlock device

An ignition interlock device is an in-car alcohol breath screening device that prevents a vehicle from starting if it detects a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over a pre-set limit of 0.02 (i.e., 20 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood). The device is located inside the vehicle, near the driver's seat, and is connected to the engine's ignition system.

How it works

Before you start your vehicle, you need to blow into the device. If your BAC is over the pre-set limit, your vehicle won't start.

Once your vehicle is started, the interlock device will ask you to provide breath samples at random pre-set times while the engine is running. If you don't provide a sample, or if your BAC exceeds the limit, the device will issue a warning, record the event and active specific alarm systems (e.g. lights flashing, horn honking) until you turn off the ignition.

Criminal Code conviction

Ignition interlock condition

If you have been convicted of an impaired or drinking and driving-related offence under the Criminal Code, you will be eligible to have your driver's licence reinstated after you serve all the provincial sanctions, including serving a licence suspension, paying the reinstatement fee or administrative monetary penalty and completing the Back on Track program.

You will have an ignition interlock condition ("I") placed on your driver's licence for a period of:

  • First-time offenders: minimum of 1 year
  • Second-time offenders: minimum of 3 years
  • Third-time offenders: variable period (1 year, 3 years or indefinitely), if licence is reinstated after a minimum 10-year suspension

The program does not apply to fourth-time offenders, as their licence will never be reinstated.

Removing the condition

You need to apply to the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) to have the condition removed from your licence. The ministry will mail you an application form 15 days before your condition removal date. You can also complete an application form at a ServiceOntario centre.

If you have completed the minimum period without any program violations (tampering, driving without, missed appointment with service provider), the ignition interlock condition will be removed.

Violations during the installation period will be reported and will result in extending the amount of time the licence will be subject to an ignition interlock condition.

If you don't apply for removal of the licence condition, it will stay on your licence. As long as the condition stays on your licence, you will only be able to drive vehicles that are equipped with an approved ignition interlock device, or be subject to penalties under the Highway Traffic Act.

"Warn range" suspension

Ignition interlock condition

If you were suspended for registering a BAC of 0.05 to 0.08 three or more times in a 5-year period, you will have an ignition interlock condition placed on your licence for a minimum 6 months after you serve your 30-day licence suspension.

Removing the condition

You don't need to apply to MTO to have the condition removed from your licence.

If you have completed the minimum 6-month period without any program violations, the ignition interlock condition will be removed.

Violations during the installation period will be reported and will result in extending the amount of time the licence will be subject to an ignition interlock condition.

Penalties

When you have an ignition interlock device installed by the service provider, you are required to sign a participant agreement acknowledging the terms and conditions of the installation. Please note that penalties may arise from violating a participant agreement with the service provider.  Please contact your service provider for further information regarding terms and conditions.

If you operate a vehicle in violation of an ignition interlock licence condition, your vehicle will be impounded by police for 7 days. You may be subject to further charges under the Criminal Code of Canada or the Highway Traffic Act.

If you drive while your licence is suspended for a Criminal Code conviction, your vehicle will be impounded for:

  • 45 days for a first impoundment
  • 90 days for a second impoundment
  • 180 days for a third or subsequent impoundment

You may also be charged with a further offence under the Criminal Code of Canada or the Highway Traffic Act.

Drivers convicted of driving without an ignition interlock device or for tampering with the device will face fines under the Highway Traffic Act ranging from:

  • $200 - $20,000 for commercial vehicles
  • $200 - $1,000 for other motor vehicles

Vehicle owners who knowingly allow a person with an ignition interlock condition to drive their vehicle may also be convicted under the Highway Traffic Act.

Cost of an ignition interlock device

Drivers subject to an ignition interlock condition are responsible for all installation and maintenance costs for the device.

The service provider will provide related information, including fees, when you register for the program. For installation information and costs, please call one of Ontario's approved Service Providers:

  • A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc. at 1-888-769-6080
  • ALCOLOCK Canada Inc. at 1-866-OK-TO-DRIVE or 1-866-658-6374

Installation

For installation, please call one of Ontario's approved Service Providers:

Alphabetical listing of cities:


A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z


Barrie

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.
61 King Street, Unit 18, Barrie, Ontario L4N 6B5
1.888.769.6080
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
Speedy Glass
1 King Street, Barrie, Ontario L4N 6B5
1.705.726.6914
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm

Brantford

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.
20 Roy Boulevard, Unit 10, Brantford, Ontario N3R 7K2
1.888.769.6080
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm

Chatham

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
Speedy Glass
635 St. Clair Street, Chatham, Ontario N7L 4G8
1.519.351.0819
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm
(Monitoring appointments only - no installations or removals)

Cornwall

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
Car Tunes Audio
1558 Pitt Street, Cornwall, Ontario K6J 3V1
1.613.933.9979
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm

Goderich

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
Speedy Glass
356 Bayfield Road, Goderich, Ontario N7A 4E7
1.519.524.1469
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm
(Monitoring appointments only - no installations or removals)

Kenora

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
Shane's Northern Tire & Auto Inc.
345 2nd Street South, Kenora, Ontario P9N 1G3
1.807.468.8848
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm

Kingston

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
Speedy Glass
940 Gardiner's Road, Kingston, Ontario K7M 3X9
1.613.384.0946
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm

Kitchener

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.
30 Manitou Drive, Kitchener, Ontario N2C 1L3
1.888.769.6080
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
Speedy Glass
652 Fairway Road South Kitchener, Ontario N2C 1X3
1.519.893.4059
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm

London

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.
4056 Meadowbrook Drive, Unit 117, London, Ontario N6L 1E3
1.888.769.6080
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
Speedy Glass
779 Wonderland Road North, London, Ontario N6H 4L1
1.519.657.0687 or 1.800.408.0159
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm

Markdale

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
Harrison Interlock
580075 Side Road 60 RR # 7, Markdale, Ontario N0C 1H0
1.519.986.9964
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm

Mississauga

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.
3170 Ridgeway Drive, Unit 1, Mississauga, Ontario L5L 5R4
1.888.769.6080
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
Speedy Glass
6400 Millcreek Drive, Unit 11, Mississauga, Ontario L5N 3E7
1.905.812.0262
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm

Newmarket

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
Speedy Glass
16995 Yonge Street, Unit 6 Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 5Y1
1.905.895.4900
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm
(Monitoring appointments only - no installations or removals)

North Bay

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.
Shark Audio
425 Fisher Street, North Bay, Ontario  P1B 2E2
1.888.769.6080
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Oakville

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
Speedy Glass
291 Speers Road, Oakville, Ontario L6K 2G1
1.905.845.1626
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm

Ottawa

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.
2615 Lancaster Road, Unit 20, Ottawa, Ontario K1B 5N2
1.888.769.6080
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
Speedy Glass
1160B Heron Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1V 6B2
1.613.748.0955
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 4:30pm

Parry Sound

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.
Wheelz
72 Bowes Street, Parry Sound, Ontario  P2A 2L7
1.888.769.6080
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Peterborough

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
Speedy Glass
779 Erskine Avenue, Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5V1
1.705.742.7303
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Port Elgin

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.
Carstar
1213 Goderich Street, Unit 4, Port Elgin, Ontario N0H 2C0
1.888.769.6080
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sarnia

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
Speedy Glass
1335 Confederation Street, Sarnia, Ontario, N7S 4M7
1.519.344.8897
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am - 5:00pm
(Monitoring appointments only - no installations or removals)

Sault Ste. Marie

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
Speedy Glass
426 Great Northern Road, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6B 4Z9
1.705.254.6802
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm
(Monitoring appointments only - no installations or removals)

Scarborough

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
Speedy Glass
1371 Kennedy Road, Scarborough, Ontario M1P 2L7
1.416.755.4054
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm

St. Catharines

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
Speedy Glass
350 Ontario Street, Unit 8, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 5L8
1.905.688.6194
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm

Stratford

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
Speedy Glass
651 Erie Street, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2N9
1.519.273.1952
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm
(Monitoring appointments only - no installations or removals)

Sudbury

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
Speedy Glass
1362 Kingsway, Sudbury, Ontario P3B 0A3
1.705.566.5392
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm

Thunder Bay

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
Speedy Glass
626 Memorial Avenue, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 3Z4
1.807.344.1606
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm

Toronto

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
401-48 Galaxy Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario M9W 6C8
1.416.619.3529
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:30am to 5:00pm

Timmins

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
Speedy Glass
442 Algonquin Boulevard West, Timmins, Ontario P4N 7N3
1.705.267.1160
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm
(Monitoring appointments only - no installations or removals)

Whitby

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.
1751 Wentworth Street, Unit 7, Whitby, Ontario L1N 8R6
1.888.769.6080
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
Speedy Glass
1520 Dundas Street E, Unit A, Whitby, Ontario L1N 2K7
1.905.430.9552
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm

Windsor

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.
Speedy Glass
2615 Howard Avenue, Windsor, Ontario N8X 3W7
1.519.966.3629
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday : 8:00am to 5:00pm

For More Information

For more information contact the Ministry of Transportation: 1-800-387-3445 or 416-235-2999 or visit Ontario.ca/drivesober.

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