Provincial Offences Tickets
Q: I have received a ticket – what are my options?Answer
As indicated on the back of your ticket there are three options available to all defendants and there is a maximum of 15 days in which to choose an option. Please see Information for Defendants
Q: How many days do I have to respond once I have received a ticket?Answer
Please read and follow the instructions provided on the back of your ticket. You must choose an option in 15 days. Please see Information for Defendants
Q: What happens if I don’t do anything after I have received a ticket?Answer
Once 45 days have passed, the charge will be placed on a Fail to Respond docket and a Justice of the Peace will review the offence notice and may convict you in absentia.
Q: How many demerit points will I receive once I am convicted of this charge?Answer
Demerit points are determined and administered by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO). For further information please see MTO website
Q: How can I receive more information about the current status of my driving record?Answer
All driving record information is maintained and administered by the Ministry of Transportation.
Q: After I receive my ticket will the court forward any other notification? What if I do not receive this notification?Answer
No – The ticket issued by the Officer is your formal notification that a charge has been laid and that you must choose an option within 15 days.
If an option is not selected within 45 days, a conviction notice (Notice of Fine and Due Date) will be sent to the address noted on your ticket upon conviction by the Justice of the Peace.
Q: What are provincial offences?Answer
Provincial offences are non-criminal charges, primarily laid by the police or other Provincial government ministry. Please see Information for Defendants.
Q: Where can I get additional information on Tickets and Fines?Answer
The Ministry of the Attorney General website has an excellent section on Tickets and Fines.
Q: What are the different types of provincial offence notices?Answer
- An Offence Notice (ticket) that is issued to a defendant setting out the charge on the front and various options on the back of the ticket is a Certificate of Offence.
- A parking Infraction Notice – the charging document is a Certificate of Parking Infraction.
- A Summons to Court – If you receive a summons, you must appear in court on the date and time specified. If you fail to appear a trial will be schedule in your absence and may result in a conviction.
Q: How can I pay my fine?Answer
Methods of payment are available at Payments.
Q: What is a defaulted fine?Answer
A fine that has not been paid by the due date.
Q: Why are there two amounts on my ticket?Answer
One amount is the set fine and the second is the total payable. The total payable consists of the set fine, court costs and the Victim Fine Surcharge. The costs are authorized by Section 60 of the Provincial Offences Act and the amount is set by regulation. The Total Payable is due to the Provincial Offences Court. Please see Payments
Q: What is the Victim Fine Surcharge noted on my ticket and do I have to pay it?Answer
As of January 1, 1995 all provincial offences fines except for parking infractions carry a victim fine surcharge. The surcharge operates on a sliding scale, depending on the amount of the fine. All surcharge monies are credited to the Victim’s Justice Fund. Money in the fund is used to support programs that provide assistance to victims or witnesses of a provincial or federal crime.
Q: What happens if I don’t pay my fine in full?Answer
Failure to pay your fine in full could result in a conviction being entered against you. Upon conviction you will be required to pay the set fine including court costs and the applicable Victim Fine Surcharge by the due date. Failure to pay the fine imposed upon conviction by the due date could result in one or more of the following:
- Refusal by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to issue a vehicle permit
- Driver’s licence suspension
- An additional administrative fee
- Additional collection costs including interest
- Civil enforcement ie: wage garnishment, writ of seizure and sale of personal property
Q: What if I have been convicted and I need more time to pay the fine?Answer
You may visit the designated court office on the back of your Offence Notice and speak with the collections officer to set up payment arrangements. Or you may contact the Collection’s Officer at (613)933-3780 to make an appointment. Please see Court Forms
Q: My fine is several years old. How come you are actively collecting?Answer
A fine is court ordered and is not the same as a debt. It does not fall under a statute of limitations.
Q: I have filed bankruptcy. Why are you collecting the fine?Answer
Under Section 178(1) of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act an order of discharge does not release the bankrupt from a fine, penalty, restitution order or other similar in nature to a fine, penalty or restitution order, imposed by a court in respect of an offence.
Q: What does the Collection Officer do?Answer
The Collection Officer for the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry is mandated to collect all outstanding fines. He/she is responsible for all enforcement activities including assigning files to a collection agency and civil enforcement.
Q: Why is the amount of my notice more than the amount on my ticket?Answer
Failure to pay by the due date results in additional court costs. Once your fine is transferred to the Collection Officer for failure to pay it can result in additional costs for enforcement.
Request for Trial
Q: I don’t agree with the outcome of my trial, how do I get a new one?Answer
After you are convicted at your trial and you wish to appeal, you will need to complete the appeal forms and submit them to the Ontario Court of Justice within 30 days after you are convicted. You may need to order and pay for a transcript of evidence. Please see Court Forms.