To legally drive in Canada, you will need a valid driver’s licence. With a licence, you can drive anywhere in Canada, however, you must always make sure that you have the licence on hand.
If you have a valid driver’s licence from your home country, you will be able to use the licence for a short period of time in Canada, though this will depend on your individual province and governmental laws.
If you plan to use your foreign licence, the best thing to do is get an International Driving Permit in your home country before travelling to Canada. An IDP will give you a translation of your licence into French and English.
The process of getting a driver’s licence in Canada
- Will depend on the province or territory in which you live and on your driving background
- You may need to pass a written examination on the rules of the road (study guides are available) and one or two driving tests
- You may choose to pay for driving lessons to prepare for the driving tests (you can search online for lessons)
- Once you have a licence, it will have to be renewed periodically (see the expiry date on your licence)
- See the transportation department in your province or territory for more information on driver’s licences, exams and driving lessons
It is illegal to drive a car without insurance in Canada, so if you own a car, you must ensure that you are covered by a reputable insurance company.
Driving laws in Canada
Driving laws are strictly reinforced in Canada and breaking the law can be costly and filled with penalties. It is recommended that you research and follow the rules of your particular province in Canada as some of the legislation may differ.
Canada’s weather can be unpredictable and dangerous, it is therefore recommended that you become familiar with safety standards and rules related to driving in winter.