Ignition Interlock Ontario

About the Ontario Ignition Interlock Program

The Ontario Ignition Interlock Program is mandatory for individuals who either have a conviction for impaired driving under the Canadian Criminal Code, or have incurred three or more impaired driving administrative suspensions within 10 years.

After reinstating your license, installing an ignition interlock device in your vehicle is required to continue driving.

When you have a breathalyzer in a car in Ontario, it makes the driver provide a breath sample before allowing your vehicle ignition to start. If alcohol is detected your vehicle will not start.

The duration of your participation in the program is determined by the specific “I” condition attached to your driver’s license.

How Long Ignition Interlock Required

  • Criminal Code Conviction Penalties:
  • First offense: Minimum 1-year condition.
    • Second offense: Minimum 3-year condition.
    • Third offense: Minimum 6 years, post 10-year suspension reinstatement.
  • Administrative Suspensions:
  • Minimum 6 months after mandatory suspension.
  • Conditions for Extension, if you violate terms of the program such as:
  • Tampering with the device.
    • Driving without using the device.
    • Missing a service provider appointment.
  • Non-Compliance:
  • Without device installation, driving is prohibited until the license condition is removed.

How Certain Drivers Convicted of an Alcohol Impaired Driving Offence can Reduce Their License Suspension

Stream A and Stream B are two different pathways to get a reduced suspension following alcohol-impaired driving offence (impaired driving, over 80 or refusing to provide a breaker sample). There is also a stream D for individuals with a prior conviction in the last 10 years.

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What is Stream A?

  • Eligibility: For first-time offenders who plead guilty within 90 days of the offense.
  • Driving Prohibition: 3-month absolute driving prohibition.
  • Following Period: 9-month period with only ignition interlock-equipped vehicle driving allowed.
  • Judicial Discretion: Judges can extend minimum suspension periods.

What is Stream B?

  • Target Group: For first-time offenders who plead guilty or are found guilty more than 90 days after the offense.
  • Initial Prohibition: 6-month driving prohibition.
  • Subsequent Period: Followed by a mandatory 12-month period driving only vehicles with an ignition interlock device.
  • Judicial Authority: Sentencing judge may extend both the prohibition period and the duration of the ignition interlock device requirement.

What is Stream D

  • Target Group: Individuals with a prior alcohol-related impaired driving conviction within the last 10 years.
  • Eligibility: Qualifies if they plead guilty or are found guilty within 90 days of arrest.
  • Prohibition Period: 9 months of absolute prohibition from driving.
  • Interlock Device Period: After the prohibition, an 18-month period with the ignition interlock device is required.
  • Application: Approval from the Ministry of Transportation needed, along with the completion of necessary programs like ‘Back on Track’.

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Ignition Interlock FAQ

  1. How much does ignition interlock cost in Ontario?

The interlock device cost in Ontario typically ranges from about $1,500 to $2,000 per year. This price usually includes the installation of the device, as well as ongoing expenses for maintenance, monitoring, and program registration. However, these costs can vary, so it’s advisable to contact specific service providers for the most up-to-date and accurate pricing information. Keep in mind that additional expenses such as fees for the Back on Track program may also apply.

  • How long is ignition interlock required in Ontario?
  • For First-Time Offenders: Minimum 1 year.
  • For Second-Time Offenders: Minimum 3 years.
  • For Third-Time Offenders: Minimum 6 years, applicable if the license is reinstated after a minimum 10-year suspension.
  • For Administrative Suspensions: A minimum of 6 months after serving the mandatory license suspension period.

**Possibility of Reduced Suspension

The Reduced Suspension with Ignition Interlock Conduct Review Program is designed for drivers in Ontario convicted of their first or second offense of alcohol-impaired driving, as per the Criminal Code. This program offers these drivers a chance to lessen their license suspension period. To qualify, they must fulfill certain criteria, including the compulsory installation and use of a certified ignition interlock device in their vehicle.

  • What Happens if you Don’t Install a Breathalyzer For your Car in Ontario?

You cannot drive

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Ignition Interlock Locations; Installation Locations in Ontario

Below is a list of breathalyzer installation in Ontario. You will need to register with one of the government interlock service provides to have ignition interlock device installed. Find your city below to find an approved service provider. This list may become out-dated and it is best to call first and double-check that the service provider in your area is still performing this work. The below list is not an endorsement of any kind, simply a list of locations across Ontario by city and service provider.

City& Service Provider:Smart Start CanadaAlcolock
BarrieAbsolute Automotive Specialties
151 Tiffin St
Barrie, ON, L4N 2N3  
BramptonDC Unlimited
6A Tilbury Ct #1
Brampton, ON,L6T 4T9  
Peel Audio Video 240 Clarence Street, Unit #1,
Brampton, ON L6W 1T4

BrantfordThe audible difference
537 West St
Brantford, ON, N3R 6M5  
Audio Vibe 264 King George Road,
Brantford, ON N3R 5L5
Burlington360 Auto and Sound inc
4235 Fairview St
Burlington, ON, L7L 2A4  
Visions Electronics 1220 Brant Street,
Burlington, ON L7P 1X8
Carleton Place MacPherson Auto 11 Bell Street,
Carleton Place, ON K7C 1V8
ChathamToonstra’s Car Tunes
Unit 2 630 Grand Ave East
Chatham, ON, N7L 1X6  
CornwallWired Audio
645 Cumberland St
Cornwall, ON, K6J 4J6  
Car Tunes Audio 1558 Pitt Street,
Cornwall, ON K6J 3V1
GravenhurstNo Limits Performance
451 Bethune DR N
Gravenhurst, ON, P1P 1B8  
GuelphPowerline Electronics
409 Woodlawn Road West
Guelph, ON, N1H 7M1  
Everything Automotive 450 Michener Road,
Guelph, ON N1K 1E4

Hamilton East Hamilton Radio 1325 Barton Street East,
Hamilton, ON, L8H 2W2
KingstonCozy car Inc
1093 John Counter Blvd
Kingston, ON
K7K 6C7  
Partners Auto Shop 367 Rideau Street,
Kingston, ON K7K 3B2
KitchenerNaamani Automotive Electronic Inc.
30 Manitou Dr. Unit E
Kitchener, ON
N2C 1L3  
Visions Electronics 589 Fairway Road South,
Kitchener, ON N2C 1X4
663 Wellington Rd.
London, ON
N6C 4R4  
Visions Electronics 3325 Wonderland Rd S, Unit 4,
London, ON N6L 0E3
Markdale Harrison Interlock 580075 Side Road 60, RR #7,
Markdale, ON N0C 1H0
Milton Milton Auto Electric 611 Main Street East,
Milton, ON L9T 3J3
MississaugaSmart Start Corporate
3190 Ridgeway Dr Unit 12
Mississauga, ON
L5L 5S8  
Visions Electronics 600 Matheson Blvd W, Unit 3,
Mississauga, ON L5R 4B8
 Newmarket Smart start
220 Pony Drive Unit #1D
Newmarket, ON
L3Y 7B6  
Nepean Hyperion Technologies 151 Bentley Avenue, Unit 7,
Nepean, ON K2E 6T7

North Bay Shark Mobile F-600 Gormanville Road,
North Bay, ON P1B 9S7

North YorkCar System Installation
874 Magnetic Dr.
North York, ON
M3J 2C4  
Ottawa The 12Volt Guy 5340 Canotek Road, Unit 20,
Ottawa, ON K1J 9C8
PeterboroughSeductive Sounds
675 The Queensway Unit C
Peterborough, ON, K9J 7J6  
MBA Audio & Customs  8160 Hwy. #7,
Peterborough, ON K9J 6X3
PickeringDurham Autohaus Inc
Unit 12 1600 alliance road
Pickering, ON, L1W 3V2  
The Tint Shop 1211 Kingston Road, Unit 3B
Pickering, ON L1V 6M5
Port Elgin Carstar Port Elgin Appraisal Centre 1213 Goderich Street, Unit #4,
Port Elgin, ON N0H 2C0
Sault Ste. Marie John Caruso’s Team Automotive Repair Center 789 Peoples Road,
Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6C 3V6
Scarborough Visions Electronics 33 William Kitchen Rd, Unit J6,
Scarborough, ON M1P 4B7
Smiths FallsRCL Automotive
236 Lombard
Smiths Falls, ON, K7A 5B8  
St. Catharines Wild Car Audio 320 Vansickle Road, Unit 1,
St. Catharines, ON L2S 0B4
Sudbury Lockerby Auto Care 339 Harrison Drive,
Sudbury, ON P3E 5E1
Thunder BayAce Automotive
113 Leith St
Thunder Bay, ON, P7C 1M7  
830 N. Vickers Street,
Thunder Bay, ON P7C 4C1
TimminsInnovative Mobile Audio & Performance
407 Wilson
Timmins, ON, P4N 2T9  
Expertech Auto  170 Jaguar Drive,
Timmins, ON P4R 0H1
Toronto ALCOLOCK – Toronto 60 International Boulevard,
Toronto, ON, M9W 6J2, CANADA
Trenton Action Towing & Automotive 9 Douglas Road
Trenton, ON K8V 5R2
VanierLanglois Sound Performance
279 McArthur Avenue
Vanier, ON, K1L 6P3  
Vaughan Visions Electronics 67 Colossus Drive Unit D55,
Woodbridge, ON L4L 9J8

Wasaga Beach Auto-Tech ‘N Tire 1227 Mosley Street,
Wasaga Beach, ON L9Z 2E5
WellandBase Electronics
871 Niagara St
Welland, ON, L3C 6Y1  
Whitby Visions Electronics 1629 Victoria St E, Unit 12,
Whitby, ON L1N 9W4 ALCOLOCK – Whitby
1751 Wentworth Street,
Whitby, ON L1N 8R6
WindsorHuron Automotive 1660 Huron Church Rd Windsor, ON, N9C 2L1Carstar Collision 1474 Tecumseh Road West,
Windsor, ON N9B 1T6

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