What are Provincial Offences?

What are provincial offences?

Provincial offences are minor (non-criminal) offences that include, but are not limited to:

  • speeding, careless driving, or not wearing your seat belt - Highway Traffic Act
  • failing to surrender your insurance card or possessing a false or invalid insurance card - Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act
  • being intoxicated in a public place or selling alcohol to a minor - Liquor Licence Act
  • entering prohibited premises or failing to leave premises after being directed to do so - Trespass to Property Act
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act and Ministry of Environment violations
  • noise, taxi and animal care bylaws - town bylaws
  • Most provincial offences charges result in out-of-court fine payments. If you are issued a ticket under the Provincial Offences Act, please read it carefully for your payment options.

    Why are there two amounts on my ticket?

    One amount is the set fine and the second is the total payable. The total payable consists of the set fine, court costs and the victim fine surcharge.

    The set fine is ordered by the Chief Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice as an amount payable by the defendant in lieu of attending court to contest the charge.

    Court costs are an amount to be paid by the defendant for the service of the offence notice and/or summons and upon conviction of an offence. The costs are authorized by Section 60 of the Provincial Offences Act and the amount is set by regulation.

    Section 8 of the Provincial Offences Act provides that payment of an offence notice (ticket) constitutes a plea of guilty and results in a conviction being registered.

    What is the victim fine surcharge?

    The victim fine surcharge (VFS) is imposed by the provincial government and is added to every fine imposed under the Provincial Offences Act. It is credited to a special fund to assist victims of crime. The amount of the VFS is usually 15 per cent of the imposed fine. For example, a $100 fine would result in a $15 surcharge.

    What happens if I don't pay my fine in full?

    Failure to pay your fine in full could result in a conviction being entered against you. Upon conviction you will be required to pay the set fine including court costs and the applicable victim fine surcharge by the due date. Failure to pay the fine imposed upon conviction by the due date will result in one or more of the following:

  • Refusal by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to issue validation of your vehicle permit
  • Refusal by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to issue a vehicle permit
  • Driver's licence suspension
  • An additional administrative fee
  • The defaulted fine information is provided to a credit bureau.