About the Remedial Measures Program
For offences that take place on or after September 30, 1998, the Highway Traffic Act requires convicted impaired drivers or drivers with 2 or more administrative suspensions to successfully complete Back on Track, Ontario's Remedial Measures Program, before their licences can be reinstated. Participants must pay a fee of $634 for convicted impaired drivers or $294 for administrative suspensions to cover the costs of the program.
If you are convicted of an impaired offence, you will receive a suspension notice from the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO). The notice includes your remedial requirement and the length of your licence suspension.
You should register for Back on Track a week (7 days) after your impaired conviction or administrative suspensions. It may take up to 11 months to complete all parts of the Back on Track program. Assessment, 8 hour Education or 16 hour Group Treatment workshop and 6 month follow-up.
Please note: If you do not complete all components of the Back on Track program within your suspension period, your licence will be further suspended.
Back on Track: Program Requirements
To pass the program, you must meet the following requirements:
- Do not use alcohol (including dealcoholized beverages), drugs or cannabis products (including CBD products that may contain THC) within 24 hours of or on any day that you participate in the program. You may take medication prescribed by a physician provided it does not impair your ability to participate in the program.
- I must not show signs of odor of alcohol (including dealcoholized beverages), drugs or cannabis products within 24 hours of or on any day that I participate in the program.
- Attend all sessions as scheduled by me and you must arrive on time for each session.
- Give 24 hours notice that you are unable to attend by leaving a message directly with the service provider. The only acceptable reasons for missing a session without giving 24 hours notice are serious illness, a death in your immediate family, or severe weather. In case of an emergency you must submit a date specific document (e.g., a doctor’s note) to confirm the reason for your absence. If accepted, you will be required to reschedule the missed component and complete all assignments.
- Participate fully in the program activities and demonstrate that you have learned about separating your drinking and other drug use from your driving.
- Treat the program staff and other participants with respect. Verbal or physical abuse will not be tolerated.
- Provide accurate information.
If you fail any component, you will have to re-register, pay the program fee again and restart the program. This could result in a delay of eight months or more in reinstating your driver's licence.
Please Note: Administrative Suspension Drivers only need to complete Education or Treatment Assessment.
The assessment takes about one hour. Based on the results, participants will be referred to either the education or the treatment program.
8 Hour Education Workshop
The education program helps participants learn about:
- Myths and facts about alcohol and other drugs
- How alcohol and other drugs affect driving performance and safety
- The legal and personal consequences of an impaired driving conviction
- Ways to avoid to drinking and driving.
The Education workshop is eight hours in length. It includes presentations, exercises, discussions and group work.
16 Hour Treatment Workshop
The Treatment Workshop helps participants to:
- Learn about why people drink or use other drugs and how it affects our lives.
- Learn about, and take responsibility for, their alcohol and drug use and its consequences
- Commit to reducing or stopping problem use of alcohol and drugs
- Learn strategies and skills for managing things such as stress, communication, anger and leisure
- Plan to avoid relapses and make healthier choices
- Avoid drinking and other drug use and driving impaired.
The program is 16 hours in length. It includes discussions, exercises, group work and personal planning.
If you have received an Assessment you must complete a Follow-Up interview six months after finishing your Education or Treatment Workshop. The Follow-Up interview takes about 30 minutes. It is your responsibility to arrange for your Follow-Up interview, which can be done in person or by telephone. The follow-up interview:
- assesses your success in meeting your goals
- reinforces the strategies for avoiding drinking and using other drugs, and driving developed during the program.
*Drivers convicted of an impaired driving offence committed on or after December 23, 2001 are subject to ignition interlock requirements. For more information about ignition interlock, please contact the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario at 1-800-387-3445 or 416-235-2999. For installation, please call ALCOLOCK 1-866-658-6374 or Smart Start Canada ULC, 1-844-432-4776.