Government of Canada Invests $17 Million to Keep Ontario's Roads Safe from Drug-impaired Drivers

Published: April 30, 2019

Impaired driving is the number one cause of criminal death in Canada, costing hundreds of lives and thousands of preventable injuries each year. The Government of Canada is providing law enforcement access to new technologies, additional resources and the training they need to detect and prosecute drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol. The greater likelihood of getting caught and facing the serious consequences of this crime will make our roadways safer.

Today, the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, the Honourable Bill Blair, announced $17 million over five years for projects in Ontario to support frontline police officers. Projects include training in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) evaluation; establishing dedicated trainers to deliver new and refresher training; and the purchase of approved drug screening devices.

Funding will also be used to develop standardized data collection and reporting practices that will be used to analyze trends, identify gaps and provide an accurate picture of drug-impaired driving in the province, and across Canada. The funding is part of the $81 million announced by the Government of Canada for provinces and territories to support public and road safety activities.

Minister Blair also unveiled the next phase of the Government of Canada’s Don’t Drive High public awareness campaign to emphasise to Canadians the risks associated with driving under the influence of cannabis and other drugs. Canadians will be able to see the ads in public spaces, on social media, on television and in movie theatres.