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Those who have not driven in winter conditions before arriving in Canada should consider driving with caution and perhaps speaking to those who have winter driving experience before driving in the winter weather here.


ll drivers should consider purchasing winter tires, as they decrease stopping distance and help keep a vehicle under control. Whether or not a car has winter tires, it is essential to check the condition and wear of the tires during the winter.

Winter tire rules vary from province to province as follows:

  • Ontario: Winter tires are recommended, but not mandatory.
  • Québec: Under the Highway Safety Code, all passenger vehicles registered in Québec must be equipped with winter tires from December 15 to March 15. This also applies to passenger vehicles for rent in the province.
  • Alberta: Winter tires are not legally required, but they are highly recommended.
  • British Columbia: Drivers are required to obey Winter Tire and Chain Up signs. On certain routes, vehicles are required to be equipped with winter tires or to carry chains from October 1 to April 30. To see the regional highways requiring winter tires or chains, visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/driving-and-cycling/traveller-information/seasonal/winter-driving/winter-tire-and-chain-up-routes