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Traffic tickets and other Provincial Offences Act (POA) fines

Provincial Offences Act (POA) Part I and Part III Notices are served to an individual or corporation who has committed an alleged offence.  The types of charges and fees differ greatly depending on the offence. In the case of a Part III summons, the individual or corporation is required to appear in court.

POA ticket options, fees and timelines

Defendant's options

IMPORTANT – If you do not exercise one of the following options within 15 days of receiving the ticket you could be deemed not to dispute the charges and a justice of the peace may enter a conviction against you. Upon conviction, an additional cost will be added to the total payable. If the fine goes into default, an administrative fee will be added and steps will be taken to enforce your defaulted fine. For example, information may be provided to a consumer reporting agency and for many traffic related offences (including speeding) your driver’s licence may be suspended. 

Option 1 – Pay the fine: Plea of guilty (voluntary payment of total payable)

There are several payment options available with a POA ticket. The first option, is to pay in full as a voluntary plea of guilty.

Note:

  • In order to avoid additional fees the payment should be received within 15 days from the date of issue
  • The total payable includes the set fine (including costs) and the applicable victim fine surcharge. The provincial government adds a victim fine surcharge (VFS) to every non-parking fine imposed under the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is deposited into a special fund to help victims of crime.
  • When applicable a conviction and demerit points will be registered with the Ministry of Transportation.

For more information about the demerit point system, please visit the Province's webpage. 

Option 2 - Plead guilty with explanation (submission as to penalty)

This option is available if you do not wish to dispute the charge but wish to explain circumstances relating to the amount of the fine or the time to pay.

You or your agent must attend in person at the Provincial Offences Court Office at 100 Constellation Drive. To be seen by a Justice of the Peace you must first register at the front counter.

A Justice of the Peace will read the charge to the defendant/agent and register a conviction. The defendant’s submissions can only result in a possible reduction of the fine or an extension of time to pay. The conviction is registered with the Ministry of Transportation and demerit points are registered if applicable.

This service is available:

Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm, and afternoons from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. This is a first come, first serve basis.

Option 3 - Trial option / Booking a First Attendance Meeting with a Prosecutor

Trial option

You or your agent must attend one of the Provincial Offences Court Offices to file a Notice of Intention to Appear in court. You or your agent must bring your ticket with you.

If you have the original ticket you may also sign the back of the ticket and mail it to our office (not available for parking tickets). It is best to follow up after sending something by mail to ensure it has been received. You may contact our office by calling 613-580-2665.

This Guide provides defendants with general information about the court process for provincial offences cases. It does not cover every circumstance that might arise in your case nor offer any legal advice, but it will give you a general idea of what you can expect, and what is expected of you.

To book a First Attendance Meeting with a Prosecutor

For certain infractions it is a possibility to schedule a meeting with a prosecutor.  This meeting is intended to resolve the matter outside of a formal trial.

You or your agent must attend one of the Provincial Offences Court Offices to book a meeting. You or your agent must bring your ticket with you.

Part III Offence Summons

If you receive a summons you must attend court on the date recorded. It is your responsibility to attend court on your assigned date. If you are not present for your court date a trial date will be set for you or a warrant may be issued for your arrest. You will not receive notification if a trial date has been set. You are responsible for contacting the Provincial Offences Court Offices if you miss your summons date.

When you appear on the date of your summons you will have the following options:

  • Plead guilty to the offence 
  • Request an adjournment in order to obtain an agent or council 
  • Request an adjournment in order to obtain disclosure 
  • Request an adjournment in order to speak with a Prosecutor about a resolution

What if you fail to respond on time?

Failure to choose one of the options listed on the back of your ticket or failure to pay your provincial offence fine on time could result in:

  • Additional costs (collection agency fees and other court fees)
  • Inability to renew your license plate sticker or your driver’s licence until outstanding debt has been paid
  • Suspension of your driver’s licence
  • Notification to a credit reporting agency of the outstanding debt
  • Civil enforcement, which may include garnishing wages and/or bank accounts, fine amounts being added to property tax bills, or registering a lien against property and assets

If the ticket is past due you should call the Provincial Offences Collections Section at 613-580-2638 or 1-800-477-4195 or email at provincialoffences@ottawa.ca  to arrange for payment.

Who can issue a POA ticket?

Many agencies have the authority to issue POA tickets. These agencies include, but are not limited to:

  • City of Ottawa By-law Enforcement
  • Ottawa Fire Services
  • Ottawa Police Services
  • Ontario Provincial Police
  • RCMP
  • Military Police
  • Ministry of Transportation
  • Ministry of Environment
  • Ministry of Labour
  • Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
  • Ottawa Transit Commission

Pay a traffic or provincial offence ticket

Methods of payment

Violations should be paid within 15 days of their issue date. There are several methods of payment:

Online

You can pay your ticket online.

Note:

  • Only VISA and MasterCard are accepted
  • Prepaid or reloadable credit cards or gift cards cannot be used
  • A $3.00 service charge applies per ticket in addition to any other service charge applied by your financial institution

By mail

Send your payment to:

City of Ottawa
Fine Payment Office
P.O. Box 3430, Station D
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 1J4 

When sending a payment in the mail:

  • Do not send cash
  • Include the ticket number with the payment
  • Cheques and money orders are payable to the City of Ottawa
  • Payments are credited only when received and processed, not the postmarked date

In person

You may pay in person at one of the designated Provincial Offences Court Offices.

POA ticket samples

Provincial Offences Act Ticket - Handwritten Ticket

 Front

hand written ticket front

Back

Hand written ticket back

Provincial Offences Act Ticket – Electronic Ottawa Police Services Ticket

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Electronic ticket front

Back

Electronic ticket back

Red Light Camera Ticket – Electronic Ticket

Red light camera ticket