Reminder: Quebec's mandatory winter tire deadline comes early this year

Nov 5 2019, 9:01 am

Last fall, Quebec’s Highway Safety Code underwent changes that moved the mandatory winter tires installation to an earlier date.

And now, that day is quickly approaching.

The amendment to the 10-year-old legislation moved the required date to December 1, 2019, instead of December 15.

According to the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ), failure to adapt to the new tire installation can result in a $200 to $300 fine and/or a loss of two demerit points.

The decision to move up the deadline was a consequence of northern parts of the province experiencing harsher winter conditions earlier in the season than the heavily populated southwestern parts of Quebec.

Quebec is the only province to make winter tire use mandatory. BC drivers are required to have winter tires installed while travelling on certain designated highways around the province (mainly near high mountain routes where road conditions can be treacherous).

In 2016, Ontario required insurance companies to offer incentives for vehicles using winter tires and Manitoba offers loans as an incentive to use winter tires.

A report in 2012 by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation found there had been a 36% reduction in the number of winter collisions in Quebec since the provincial government passed the law in 2008.