Information on highway and road conditions is available from the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) regional offices. The 24-hour, toll-free number is 1-800-268-4686. In Toronto, call the Road Information Office at (416) 599-9090. Please note driving motorized vehicles, including cars, trucks, All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles, and boats, while impaired is illegal. Charges may be laid under the criminal code of Canada.
A valid driver's licence from any country is good in Canada for three months. If you're driving to Canada from the United States, bring the vehicle registration forms and a free Canadian Non-Resident Insurance Card from your insurance agent, or the policy itself. If you're driving a rented car, bring a copy of the rental contract and proof of authorization in your home jurisdiction if you are operating a Recreational Vehicle and/or Motor Home.
RIGHT TURNS ON RED LIGHTS
You can make right turns on red lights, unless signs indicate you can't.
Ontario law requires all adults and children weighing over 18 kg (40 lb.) to be properly restrained using the full seatbelts. Children weighing less than 18 kg (40 lb.) must be properly restrained with a child safety seat appropriate to the child's weight. Infants from birth to 9 kg (20 lb.) must travel in a rear-facing infant seat. Toddlers weighing from 9 kg (20 lb.) to 18 kg (40 lb.) must travel in a forward-facing child safety seat.
Freeways have a speed limit of 100 km/h (62 mph); the Trans-Canada routes 90 km/h. (56 mph). Most other rural highways and country roads have a speed limit of 80 km/h (50 mph).
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) patrol the highways and other areas without municipal police services. You can reach them locally by calling one of the regional toll-free numbers listed on the Ontario Official Road Map. If you are involved in a collision resulting in a personal injury or property damage over $2000, you must call the police and remain at the scene of the accident until cleared by the investigating officers.
CAR RENTALS AND BICYCLES
Car rentals are available at our international airports, train terminals and in many of our communities. Minimum age for rental varies between 21 and 25.
Bicycles are considered vehicles and must obey the same traffic laws. For cyclists under the age of 18, it's mandatory to wear a bicycle helmet.
CAA AND AAA
The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) provides emergency roadside services, auto touring and travel services, discounts, insurance services, along with a number of products. The CAA is connected with several international automobile clubs, including the American Automobile Association (AAA).
Traffic travelling in both directions, except divided roads or highways, must stop for a yellow school bus when its red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended.
STREETCAR STOPS IN TORONTO
Vehicles must be at a stand-still stop at least 2 metres (6 ft.) behind the rearmost door of a stopping or stopped streetcar, for the safety of passengers getting on or off.
International bridges, tunnels and ferries charge a fee. The Hwy. 407 Express Toll Route (ETR) runs across the north of Toronto from Pickering to Burlington, and is the only toll highway in the province. Cameras at all on and off ramps photograph licence plates of all vehicles. The owner will be sent a bill.
Ontario has introduced a new system of specially designed signs to indicate a wide range of tourism attractions along provincial highways. The blue and white signs indicate the distance to the closest attractions. Find out more about the TODS (Tourism-Oriented Directional Signing) Program.