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Driving and the Use of Cellular Telephones or Other Devices

Last Updated: April 2018

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This reference document lists the Canadian federal, provincial and territorial legislation controlling and prohibiting the use of mobile telephones and other electronic devices while driving. Currently, only a few jurisdictions in Canada have explicit legislation dealing with this issue. While other jurisdictions may not have specific legislation, drivers who cause accidents or are driving unsafely while using a cell phone may be charged with offences such as dangerous driving, careless driving, and criminal negligence causing death or injury.

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Driving - Using Cellular Telephones and Other Devices





British Columbia

Motor Vehicle Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 318

Part 3.1, Use of Electronic Devices While Driving

Motor Vehicle Act Regulations, B.C. Reg. 26/58

Section 30.072, Restriction on use of electronic device while driving

Use of Electronic Devices While Driving Regulation, B.C. Reg. 308/2009


Highway Traffic Act, C.C.S.M. c. H60

Part VI, Prohibitions, Offences, and Penalties

Section 214, Certain radio receivers prohibited

Section 215, Use of radio headphones prohibited

Section 215.1, Definitions re hand-operated electronic devices

Cellular Telephones and Other Hand-Operated Electronic Devices Regulation, Man. Reg. 83/2010

New Brunswick

Motor Vehicle Act, R.S.N.B. 1973, c. M-17

Part IV.01, Use of Various Devices While Driving

Newfoundland and Labrador

Highway Traffic Act, R.S.N.L. 1990, c. H-3

Part V, Rules of the Road

Section 176.1, Use of hand-held cellular phones prohibited

Carrier Safety Regulations, C.N.L.R. 1160/96


Nova Scotia

Motor Vehicle Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 293

Prudent driving and speed restrictions

Section 100D, Cellular telephones

Northwest Territories

Motor Vehicle Act, R.S.N.W.T. 1988,c.M-16, ss. 155.1, 155.2


See: Bill 55 (S. Nu. 2017, c. 20), In force December 31, 2018


Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8

Part VI, Equipment

Section 78, Display screen visible to driver prohibited

Section 78.1, Hand-held devices prohibited

Prince Edward Island

Highway Traffic Act, R.S.P.E.I. 1988, c. H-5

Part IX, Enforcement

Miscellaneous Offences

Section 291.1, Hand-held devices holding or use prohibited while driving


Highway Safety Code, R.S.Q., c. C-24.2

Section 439, Television screen

Section 439.1 [Hand-held device with telephone function]

Section 440, Headphones


Traffic Safety Act, S.S. 2004, c. T-18.1

Part XVI, Rules of the Road

Division 6, Operation, Treatment and Use of Vehicles

Section 241, Television prohibited

Section 241.1, Hand-held electronic communications equipment prohibited


Motor Vehicles Act, R.S.Y. 2002, c. 153

Part 12, Miscellaneous Prohibitions

Section 210.1, Use of electronic devices