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Quebec Winter Tire Law

Since December 15, 2014, only tires with the Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol (3PMS) and studded tires are considered winter tires under Quebec winter tire law (the Highway Safety Code).

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Quebec Winter Tire Law

Since December 15, 2014, only tires with the Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol (3PMS) and studded tires are considered winter tires under Quebec winter tire law (the Highway Safety Code). 

From December 1 to March 15 inclusive, all motorized road vehicles registered in Québec (other than heavy vehicles, tool vehicles and farm machinery) must be equipped with winter tires. This requirement also applies to rental passenger vehicles in Quebec, as well as mopeds, motorized scooters, and motorcycles.

If a vehicle is not equipped with winter tires during this period, the fines range from $200 to $300, plus costs. 

Studded Tires and Chains are authorized between October 15 and May 1 inclusive. Studded tires are authorized for:

  • passenger vehicles
  • taxis and vehicles comparable to a taxi
  • commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of no more than 3,000 kg 

Chains are authorized on the tires of:

  • emergency vehicles
  • farm tractors
  • road vehicles used for snow removal and winter maintenance    

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