What is Ontario’s Remedial Measures Program?
Ontario’s Remedial Measure’s Program (also known as “Back on Track”) is a program that a person convicted of certain driving offences must complete in order to have his or her licence reinstated.
Is the Remedial Measures Program mandatory?
If a person has been convicted of an impaired driving offence under the Criminal Code of Canada, he or she must complete the Remedial Measures Program to have his or her driver’s licence reinstated when the suspension period ends. Examples of these offences are impaired driving (insert “Impaired Driving” hyperlink here), over 80 (insert “Over 80” hyperlink here) or refusing to provide a breath sample (insert “Refusal to Provide a Breath Samples” hyperlink here).
If a person has received two or more administrative suspensions under the Highway Traffic Act, he or she must complete the Remedial Measures Program before having his or her licence reinstated.
Is there a fee associated with the Remedial Measures Program?
There is a fee associated with the Remedial Measures Program, but what a person pays depends on the reason the person is enrolling in the program. If the person is enrolling because he or she has been convicted of an impaired driving offence under the Criminal Code, that person will have to pay $634 to cover the costs of the program. If the person has received two or more administrative suspensions, that person will have to pay $294 to cover the costs of the program.
What is involved in the Remedial Measures Program?
The Remedial Measures Program involves three components: an educational workshop, a treatment workshop, and a follow-up interview.
The educational workshop is eight hours in length and occurs over one day. It educates participants on the effects of alcohol and drugs on one’s body, the legal and personal consequences of impaired driving, and how to avoid drinking and driving.
The treatment workshop takes place over two days and is sixteen hours in length. It involves learning why people abuse drugs or alcohol, taking responsibility for one’s alcohol or drug use and the consequences, learning strategies and skills to manage stress and anger without resorting to alcohol or drugs, and developing a plan to avoiding relapses.
The follow-up interview takes place six months after finishing the education and treatment workshop and can take place in person or over the phone. The follow-up interview is aimed at assessing the participant’s success in meeting his or her goals and reinforcing the strategies to avoid drinking and driving developed during the program.
For more information
More information about Ontario’s Remedial Measures Program can be found at its website, which can be accessed by clicking here. (insert hyperlink: http://www.remedial.net/#home)
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