Provincial and Territorial Licence Requirements

Provincial & Territorial Licence Regulations

Information provided courtesy of Camping Canada's RV Lifestyle Magazine
www.rvlifemag.com 
 
Below are the summarized regulations for a basic driver's license by jurisdiction. Thanks to a reciprocity agreement between the provinces, if you are properly licensed in your home province, you may drive in other provinces/territories or states without worry. You do not need to meet the qualifications for every other jurisdiction you visit in your travels.
 
Regulations are subject to change.
 
British Columbia
Permits the operation of any two-axle vehicle including cars, vans, trucks and utility vehicle. You may also operate motorhomes (including those with more than two axles) as long as the trailer being towed is 4,600 kg or less. Above this weight you will need a Class 4 or Class 5 license with a heavy trailer endorsement (Code 51).
 
Alberta
Permits the operation of a two-axle motor vehicle towing a trailer with one or more axles, a recreational vehicle or combination of recreational vehicle and a trailer if the trailer has not more than two axles and is not equipped with air brakes.
 
Saskatchewan
Permits the operation of any motor vehicle or recreational vehicle and trailer combination, provided the gross weight of trailer does not exceed 4,500 kg.
 
Manitoba
Permits the operation of cars and trucks with tow axles and any combination of vehicles consisting of truck and a towed vehicle with a registered gross vehicle weight of up to 4,540 kg.
 
Ontario
Permits operation and towing of an RV up to 11,000 kg "combined vehicle weight" (car/truck & RV), for personal use, with a "G" Licence and an optional RV Safety Towing Checklist/test and identification card (for enforcement and insurance clarification). The latter is available through any RV dealer in Ontario. (Ontario Regulation 340/94)
 
Quebec
Permits the operation of a two-axle vehicle with a net weight of less than 4,500 kg and tow of a recreational trailer with no weight restrictions.
 
New Brunswick
Permits the operation of any two- or three-axle motorhome or a towed vehicle which is registered up to and including 4,500 kg gross weight behind a motor vehicle or motorhome.
 
Nova Scotia
Permits the operation of cars, pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles and vans seating less than 10 people.
 
Prince Edward Island
Permits the operation of any motor vehicle not exceeding 14,000 kg gross mass, and a towed vehicle not exceeding 4,500 kg.
 
Newfoundland/Labrador
Permits the operation of all motor vehicles with not more than two axles, a self-propelled motorhome with two or more axles and a combination of vehicles where the towed vehicle does not does not exceed 4,500 kg.
 
Northwest Territories & Nunavut
Permit the operation of any combination of a two-axle towing vehicle and towed vehicles where the towing and towed vehicles do not exceed a gross weight of 4,500 kg.
 
Yukon Territory
Permits the operation of all motor vehicles with not more than two axles, a self-propelled motorhome with two or more axles and a combination of vehicles where the towed vehicle does not does not exceed 4,500 kg.
 


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