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III. Other ways to lose your licence
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. 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 may order that the mandatory period of a suspension for a Criminal Code offence be extended.

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