There are many things that can distract us while driving. One of the top distractions is hand held cell phones. On April 1, 2008, Nova Scotia took a step forward in preventing driver distraction with a ban on hand held cell phone use while driving. Currently, Nunavut is the only place in Canada that does not have a ban on hand held devices.
|British Columbia||$167||3||February 2010*|
|Quebec||$115 – $154||3||April 2008|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||$100 – $400 currently||4||April 2003|
|Prince Edward Island||$250-$400||3||January 2010|
|Nova Scotia||$164 first offence; $222 second offence;$337 subsequent offences||None||April 2008|
|New Brunswick||$172.50||3||June 2011|
|Northwest Territories||$100||3||January 2012|
|Nunavut||Nothing at this time|
|*In addition to banning hand-held communication devices, British Columbia and Ontario also ban the use of hand-held electronic entertainment devices while driving.|
Source: Transportation Canada, CAA
Update: March 18, 2014
Under proposed legislation, Ontario would see drivers receive three demerit points on conviction for a distracted driving offence, while also allowing judges to fine an offender between $300 and $1,000. That’s up from a current fine range of $60 to $500.