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Some Questions and Answers about Back onTrack

What is Back on Track?

Back on Track provides information and professional guidance to people who have operated a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The program was created in 1998 to help people learn to separate drinking and other drug use from driving.

Do I need to take Back on Track?

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

You have had a “warn range” suspension of your driver’s licence more than once in a five-year period. A warn range suspension is for drivers who are found to have a blood alcohol content ranging from .05 to .08 per cent.

You were convicted of an 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 motor vehicle (including boats) when your ability is impaired by alcohol or other drugs

- driving or having care and control of any land or water motor vehicle when your blood alcohol content is more than .08 per cent

- failing or refusing to provide a breath or blood sample.

When should I register?

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.

What does taking Back on Track involve?

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

If you are eligible for the reduced suspension program, you must complete the assessment prior to early licence reinstatement.

1. Assessment

The assessment takes about one hour and determines whether you need to take the education workshop or the treatment workshop.


Education 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.

Treatment Workshop

This 16-hour workshop covers the same topics as the education 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 stress, anger, communication and leisure

3. six-month follow-up

The follow-up interview can only be done six months after you complete the education or treatment workshop.

Where do I go for Back on Track?

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.

How will I get to Back on Track?

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.

What if I don’t speak or understand English or French well?

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.

What if I have difficulty hearing or reading or have other special needs?

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.

What do I need to do to pass?

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.

How much does Back on Track cost?

For an impaired driving conviction, the fee is $634. For a warn range suspension, the fee is $294.

How long does it take to complete Back on Track?

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 a warn range 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.

What happens if I do not take Back on Track?

If you have a warn range suspension your licence will be suspended until you complete the program. You have 120 days from the start of your warn range 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.

How do I register?

You can register in the following ways:


Visit our website at www.remedial.net.


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.

How do I get my licence back?

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.


Where can I get more information about impaired driving laws, ignition interlock and the reduced suspension program?

Please visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website at www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/impaired/index.shtml.

Contact information

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






In Toronto: 416 595-6593

Ontario 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.


Back on Track

33 Russell Street

Toronto, ON

M5S 2S1


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