Zero Alcohol if you are under 22 years of age

The zero alcohol rule does not prohibit anyone from partying or drinking, but rather from driving after drinking. Do not replace alcohol by drugs: Just like drinking and driving, driving while high is a criminal offence. If you drink, smoke a joint or take any other drug, choose an alternative to driving.


  • Lose your licence for 90 days
  • 4 demerit points
  • Fine of $300 to $600

Holders of a learner's licence or a probationary licence are also subject to the zero alcohol rule.

Having care and control – What is that?

If your faculties are impaired by alcohol or drugs, the law doesn’t just prohibit you from driving a vehicle, but also from having care or control of a vehicle. Here are some examples of acts that may result in the same consequences as driving while impaired:

  • Being seated in the driver’s seat, even if the vehicle is stopped.
  • Being in one’s car (even sleeping in the back seat) and having the possibility of starting the vehicle.
  • Being close to one’s vehicle (e.g. removing snow, putting things in the trunk or listening to the radio).