As of Nov. 15, 2008, Quebec drivers have to equip their vehicles with snow tires from that day each year through to April 15. Offenders will be required to pay a fine ranging from $200 to $300. No demerit points will be deducted for such an offense, however.
Quebec was the first province to introduce such rules, though Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Latvia all have similar laws requiring drivers to use winter tires to navigate snowy roads.
What about in the rest of Canada? In the west, ICBC says that while winter tires are not mandatory, they are recommended.
“In snowy conditions, driving without proper winter tires may not be the wisest or safest decision, but it does not affect a customer’s insurance coverage or eligibility to make a claim,”
However, ICBC said that driving without winter tires will not void your insurance in the event of a claim or mean that you are automatically at-fault for a crash. If you get in a crash where winter tires could have helped, it may be a deciding factor in determining whether or how much you are at-fault.
Keep in mind that BC’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure can also designate that winter tires are required on certain roads and highways. This typically happens during the fall and winter months in Northern B.C. and the Southern Interior. If you are driving on these roads without winter tires, police can ticket you and make you turn back.