Fight a Ticket

When you are issued a ticket, the first thing to do is to determine the type of ticket that was issued to you. Depending on the ticket you receive, instructions can be located on the back of the ticket or attached as a supplemental information sheet.

For more information on the different types of tickets that the Provincial Offence are responsible for and the options available, select the ticket that most resembles the one you have received from the images and titles below. 

Traffic tickets and Red-Light Camera Tickets

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Certificates of Offence are issued for Part I Offences, such as speeding, failing to surrender insurance card and various by-law and Ministry offences.

You have 15 days to select an option on the back of your ticket. If you do not select one of the three options, your may be convicted for failing to select an option, and a conviction may be registered against your driving record and an additional cost may be applied.

Parking Tickets

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Certificate of Parking Infractions are issued for parking related infractions such as parking in a no parking zone, parking during overnight hours in winter months, parking at an expired meter, parking on a fire route, etc. 

If you receive a Certificate of Parking Infraction, you have two options for dealing with your ticket: 

Summons to Defendant

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Summons to Defendants are issued for more serious offences such as failing to remain at the scene of an accident, stunt driving, driving while under suspension, driving without insurance.

If you receive a Summons to Defendant, you MUST appear in court on the date that is indicated on the bottom of the summons.

A supplemental sheet is provided with the summons to provide information on how to attend your first appearance date and how to contact the Crown and request a copy of the officer’s notes, disclosure.   

It is important that you keep the Summons to Defendant on hand, as it contains important information regarding your court date. If you lose the Summons, please contact the Provincial Offences Office immediately to confirm your appearance date, or visit www.ontario.ca/ticketsandfines to check if your matter has a scheduled court date.  

What happens if I do not attend my court date?

If you are unable to attend your scheduled summonsed court date, you can send someone else on your behalf.

If you or a representative do not attend the court date indicated on your summons, there may be a trial held in your absence and a conviction may be entered against you, which may result in a fine, driver’s licence suspension, and/or incarceration. For more information on how to attend court, visit the Attend Court section.