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Ignition Interlock Program

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There are about 13,000 drinking and driving convictions recorded annually in Ontario. Approximately eighty per cent of convicted drinking drivers are first-time offenders.

Ontario's measures to combat drinking and driving include increased suspension periods for repeat offenders, a remedial measures program, an Ignition Interlock program and vehicle impoundment for those who continue to drive while suspended and those who drive without the required ignition interlock device. 

Drivers will be subject to Ontario's Ignition Interlock Program if they are:

The Reduced Suspension with Ignition Interlock Conduct Review Program will allow eligible drivers convicted for a first time of an alcohol-impaired driving offence under the Criminal Code on or after August 3, 2010 to reduce their licence suspension in return for meeting specific requirements, such as the mandatory installation of an approved ignition interlock device in their vehicle.  Program participants must abide by the program's conditions and requirements for ignition interlock installation and use. More details on the new program are available here.

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What is an 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 .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.

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How does an ignition interlock device work?

Before starting the vehicle, a driver must blow into the device. If the driver's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above the pre-set limit, the vehicle will not start.

Once the vehicle is started, the interlock device requires the driver to provide breath samples at random pre-set times while the engine is running. If a sample is not provided, or if the BAC exceeds the limit, the device will issue a warning, record the event and activate specific alarm systems (e.g., lights flashing, horn honking, etc.), until the ignition is turned off.

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How does Ontario's Ignition Interlock Program work?

Drivers will be subject to Ontario's Ignition Interlock Program if they are:

After serving the provincial sanctions, including licence suspensions and a mandatory remedial measures program, all drivers convicted of drinking and driving offences that are eligible to have their driver's licence reinstated will have an ignition interlock condition ("I") placed on their Ontario driver's licence:

  • First-time offenders will have an ignition interlock condition on their licence for a minimum of 1 year.
  • Second-time offenders will have the condition for a minimum of 3 years.
  • Third-time offenders will have the condition on their licence indefinitely if it is reinstated after a minimum 10-year suspension.

The program does not apply to fourth-time offenders, as their licence will never be reinstated. Drivers who are suspended for registering a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05 to 0.08 three or more times in a five-year period will have an ignition interlock condition placed on their licence for six months after serving their 30 day licence suspension.

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Drivers who choose to drive while their licence is subject to an ignition interlock condition must register with an approved interlock service provider to have the ignition interlock device installed. The device must be inspected regularly by the service provider.

Drivers who choose not to install an interlock device must not drive until the condition is removed from their licence.

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Who is required to have the device installed?

Photo of driver holding Ignition Interlock device

Drivers that are:

must have the ignition interlock device installed after their licence is reinstated if they want to drive. Individuals can choose not to drive until the ignition interlock condition is removed from their licence.

The device is not removable (it is connected to the engine's ignition system) and must be used by anyone who drives the vehicle, including family and friends.

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How is the licence condition removed?

An application form to have the condition removed will be mailed to drivers 15 days prior to their condition removal date. Drivers may also complete an application form at a Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing Office

Convicted Impaired Drivers

Drivers convicted of impaired driving must apply to the Ministry of Transportation to have the condition removed from their licence.

If the driver has completed the minimum period (one year for a first offence or three years for a second offence) without any program violations (tampering/driving without/missed appointment with service provider), the ignition interlock condition will be removed.

Third-time offenders will have the condition on their licence indefinitely if it is reinstated after a minimum 10-year suspension.

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

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 the driver does not apply for removal of the licence condition, it will remain on the licence. As long as the condition remains on the licence, the driver 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.

Drivers Suspended for Registering in the "Warn Range" (effective May 1, 2009)

Drivers who are suspended for registering a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05 to 0.08 three or more times in a five-year period do not need to apply to the Ministry of Transportation to have the condition removed from their licence.

If the driver has completed the minimum 6-month period without any program violations (tampering with the interlock device, driving a vehicle without one installed, or missing an appointment with the interlock 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.

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What are the penalties for not complying with the ignition interlock program?

Drivers who have an ignition interlock installed by the service provider are required to sign a participant agreement acknowledging the terms and conditions of the installation.

Drivers who operate a motor vehicle in violation of an ignition interlock licence condition, will have their vehicle impounded by police for a period of 7 days and may be subject to further charges under the Criminal Code (Canada) (CCC) or Highway Traffic Act (HTA). Those who drive while their licence is suspended for a CCC conviction, will have their vehicle impounded for a period of 45 days for a first impoundment, 90 days for a second impoundment and 180 days for a third or subsequent impoundment, and may be charged with a further offence under the CCC or HTA.

Ignition Interlock violations for tampering, missed appointments or driving without a device will be reported to the Ministry of Transportation. This includes Highway Traffic Act convictions and reports of tampering from the service provider. Program violations will increase the amount of time the condition remains on the licence.

Drivers convicted of driving without an ignition interlock 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.

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Who pays the 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 a driver registers for the program. For installation information and costs, please call one of Ontario’s approved Service Providers:

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

Who do I contact to have an ignition interlock device installed?

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

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

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

Barrie

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.
61 King Street, Unit 18
Barrie, Ontario L4N 6B5
Telephone: 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
Telephone: 1.705.726.6914
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm

Brantford

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.
20 Roy Boulevard, Unit 10
Brantford, Ontario N3R 7K2
Telephone: 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
Telephone: 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
Telephone: 1.613.933.9979
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm

Garson

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.
2344 Maley Drive, Unit 4
Garson, Ontario P3L 1R5
Telephone: 1.888.769.6080
Hours of operation:
Monday – Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm

Goderich

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.

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

Kingston

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.

Speedy Glass
940 Gardiner’s Road
Kingston, Ontario K7M 3X9
Telephone: 1.613.384.0946
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm

Kitchener

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.

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

London

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.
4056 Meadowbrook Drive, Unit 117
London, Ontario N6L 1E3
Telephone: 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
Telephone: 1.519.657.0687 or 1.800.408.0159
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm

Markdale

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.

Steve Jobin & Sons Truck and Auto Repair
580075 Side Road 60
Markdale, Ontario N0C1H0
Telephone: 1.519.986.9964
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm

Mississauga

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.
2900 Argentia Road, Unit 23
Mississauga, Ontario L5N 7X9
Telephone: 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
Telephone: 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
Telephone: 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.

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.
2784. Ontario Highway 11
North Bay, Ontario P1B 8G3
Telephone: 1.888.769.6080
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm

Oakville

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.

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

Ottawa

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.
2615 Lancaster Road, Unit 20
Ottawa, Ontario K1B 5N2
Telephone: 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
Telephone: 1.613.748.0955
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00am to 4:30pm

Peterborough

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.

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

Sarnia

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.

Speedy Glass
1335 Confederation Street
Sarnia, Ontario, N7S 4M7
Telephone: 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
Telephone: 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
Telephone: 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
Telephone: 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
Telephone: 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
Telephone: 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
Telephone: 1.807.344.1606
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm

Toronto

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.

ALCOLOCK CanadaInc.
401-48 Galaxy Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario M9W 6C8
Telephone: 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
Telephone: 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. 1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.
1751 Wentworth Street, Unit 7
Whitby, Ontario L1N 8R6
Telephone: 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, ON   L1N 2K7
Tel: 1.905.430. 9552
Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm

Windsor

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.

1 A LifeSafer of Canada, Inc.
3215 Jefferson Boulevard, Unit 312
Windsor, Ontario N8T 2W7
Telephone: 1.888.769.6080
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm

ALCOLOCK Canada Inc.

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

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For More Information

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

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