Back On Track

Ontario's Remedial Measures Program for Impaired Drivers

Convicted Impaired Drivers

IMPORTANT: Please register with Back on Track after you have been to court and received a conviction

Convicted
Registration

 

Convicted:

  • Impaired Driving
  • Over 80
  • Care and Control
  • Failure to provide a sample
  • Meeting Out of State/Province Requirements
  • Careless Driving (if required by court or probation)
  • Dangerous Driving (if you have a previous Impaired Conviction)

Administrative Suspensions

For drivers with 2 or more administrative suspensions

Administrative
Suspensions

Registration

 

2 or more Administrative Suspensions:

  • zero BAC for young drivers
  • zero BAC for novice drivers
  • warn range (BAC above .05)
  • over 80 or fail/refuse testing
  • impaired by drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol based on the Standard Field Sobriety Test
  • impaired by drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol, based on drug recognition expert evaluation

About

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 a drinking and driving 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 as soon as possible after you receive your suspension notice. It can take 11 months to complete the program.

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 or drugs within 24 hours of or on any day that I participate in the program. I may take medication prescribed by a physician provided it does not impair my ability to participate in the program.
  • Attend all sessions as scheduled for me and arrive on time for each session.
  • Give 24 hours notice that I am 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 my immediate family, or severe weather. In case of an emergency I may submit a date specific document (e.g., a doctor’s note) to confirm the reason for my absence. If accepted, I will be required to reschedule the missed component and complete all assignments.
  • Participate fully in the program activities and demonstrate that I have learned about separating my drinking from my 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.

Program Components

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.

1 Day 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.

2 Days Treatment Workshop

TThe 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 driving.

The program is 16 hours in length. It includes discussions, exercises, group work and personal planning.

Follow-up Interview

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 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 LIFESAFER 1 888 769 – 6080.

Frequently Asked Questions

Back on Track is an educational program for people who have committed an impaired driving offence in Ontario. The program was created in 1998 to help people learn to separate drinking and other drug use from driving.

You need to take Back on Track if one of the following applies to you:

  • You were convicted of a Criminal Code impaired driving offence and you wish to have your driver’s licence reinstated when the suspension period ends. This includes first-time offenders who qualify for the Reduced Suspension with Ignition Interlock Conduct Review Program. Impaired driving offences include:
    • driving or having care and control of any vehicle (including boats) when your ability is impaired by alcohol or other drugs
    • driving or having care and control of any land or water vehicle when your blood alcohol content (BAC) is more than .08 per cent
    • failing or refusing to provide a breath or blood sample.
  • You have committed any combination of the following provincial impaired driving offences in the past 10 years:
    • zero BAC for young drivers
    • warn range (BAC above .05)
    • zero BAC for novice drivers
    • BAC over .08 or fail/refuse testing
    • driving impaired by drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol, based on the Standard Field Sobriety Test
    • driving impaired by drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol, based on drug recognition expert evaluation.

Register as soon as possible to avoid delays in getting your licence back or a further licence suspension. Early registration is especially important for first-time offenders who wish to qualify for a reduced suspension.

Back on Track has three parts: the assessment, the one-day education or two-day treatment work¬shop and the six-month follow-up. What parts you need to take depends on why you are required to take Back on Track:

  • For a Criminal Code impaired driving conviction, you need to complete all three parts.
  • For two or more administrative suspensions in the past 10 years, you only need to take the workshop part of the program — the one-day workshop (if you have had two suspensions) or the two-day workshop (if you have had three or more suspensions).

1. ASSESSMENT

The assessment takes about one hour and determines whether those taking Back on Track for a Criminal Code offence need to take the one-day or the two-day workshop.

2. ONE-DAY EDUCATION OR TWO-DAY TREATMENT WORKSHOP

One-day workshop

Topics covered in this eight-hour workshop include:

  • the 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 offence
  • ways to separate drinking and other drug use from driving.
Two-day workshop

This 16-hour workshop covers the same topics as the one-day workshop and also looks at:

  • why people drink or use other drugs, and how it affects our lives
  • ways to cut down or stop your alcohol or other drug use
  • strategies and skills to manage mood, stress and anger
  • strategies and skills to communicate effectively and to live a healthy lifestyle.

3. SIX-MONTH FOLLOW-UP

The follow-up interview can only be done six months after you complete the workshop part of the program.

Local providers deliver the program in various locations in Ontario. A list of providers will be sent to you once your registration has been processed.

It’s up to you to find a way to get to the program. Most people take public transit or a taxi, or ask someone to drive them.

The Back on Track program is offered in English, and is also available in French in some areas. Program materials are available in English or French.

If you have difficulty reading or speaking English or French, please note this on your registration form. You will need to bring a translator or interpreter to the program. This person must be 18 years of age or older.

If you have any special needs that may make it difficult for you to participate in the program, please note them on your registration form.

To pass the program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Don’t use alcohol, or drugs not prescribed by your doctor, for 24 hours before taking the program or while attending the program.
  • Don’t use prescribed drugs that impair your ability to participate in the program.
  • Attend all scheduled program components and arrive on time.
  • Actively participate in the program.
  • Show that you have learned how to separate drinking and other drug use from driving.
  • Treat other participants and staff with respect.
  • Complete the required parts of the program.

If you fail the program for any of the above reasons, you will have to repeat all the steps, starting with registration and payment, and including repeating the required parts of the program. This could delay getting your licence back.

For an impaired driving conviction, the fee is $634. For an administrative suspension, the fee is $294.

The time it takes to complete Back on Track depends partly on why you need to take it, and partly on you. The fastest way to get through the program is to register on-line www.remedial.net and book each required part as soon as possible. It is your responsibility to schedule each part of the program with your local Back on Track provider.

Once you are registered, completing Back on Track can take:

  • up to 90 days for an administrative suspension
  • up to 11 months for an impaired driving conviction.

First-time offenders who qualify for a reduced suspension need only complete the assessment part of Back on Track within their suspension period(3 or 6 months); however, they must go on to complete the education or treatment and the follow-up part of the program.

If you have an administrative suspension your licence will be suspended until you complete the program. You have 120 days from the start of your administrative suspension period to complete the education workshop and 180 days to complete the treatment workshop.

If you have been convicted of impaired driving your licence will remain suspended. If you are a participant in the reduced suspension program you will be unable to exit the program and your ignition interlock period will continue.

You can register in the following ways:

ONLINE

Visit our website at www.remedial.net.

BY MAIL OR FAX

Visit our website to print the registration package.

Contact the Back on Track office by phone to have the registration package mailed or faxed to you, or visit our website to print out the package. See the back of this brochure for contact information.

You will need to:

  • complete the required parts of Back on Track
  • pay any outstanding fees, fines or penalties
  • wait for any suspension periods to end.

For more information about Back on Track or to register, please contact us:

Website

www.remedial.net

Email

info@remedial.net

Phone

416-595-6593

Toll-free: 1-888-814-5831

Call Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to speak to a staff person; call at other times to listen to recorded information.

Fax

416-595-6735

Mail

Back on Track
33 Russell Street
Toronto, ON
M5S 2S1

Contact Us

Our Administrative Office is not open to the public. Please do not come in person.

For more information on Back on Track, or to register, please contact:

Phone


Toll-free: 1-888-814-5831

Email


info@remedial.net

Mail


Back on Track
33 Russell Street
Toronto, ON
M5S 2S1

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