Getting to know snow tire laws in your province [UPDATE]
Nov 30th 2011 5:45 PM EST
[UPDATE] We've written an updated version of this article to include all the provinces in Canada and to reflect the changes in the snow and winter tire laws in Canada. Some of the changes may directly affect you.
Since Transport Quebec introduced a law making winter tires mandatory in December, 2008 there has been an ongoing discussion across the country about whether governments should mandate tires to match the temperatures under 7 degrees Celcius. As they sit, the laws can be somewhat confusing, so allow us to help you figure out what sort of traction you need to satisfy the rules.
Click here to learn about the winter tire laws in your province, as we work our way across the country.
- You are not required by law to have winter-certified tires installed on your vehicle.
- No restrictions on use of studded tires or tire chains.
- Laws in B.C. differ, area by area. You are only required by law to have winter-certfied tires in certain mountainous regions. In these specific areas, drivers must winter tires or carry tire chains. For specific areas, check here.
- Studded tires are permitted between October 1st and April 30th. Studs must be no higher than 3.5mm. The number of studs per tire varies by gross vehicle weight. For most of us with vehicles under 4,600 kilograms, regulations limit the number of studs to 130-per-tire.
- You are not required by law to have winter-certified tires installed on your vehicle... unless you drive a school bus, to which in that case, you are required to have winter-certified tires installed.
- Studded tires are permitted between October 15th and April 30th.