Here's the 2023 Winter Tire Installation Deadline

With the cold and snow at our doorstep, drivers must adapt their driving yet again. For everyone’s safety, winter tires are an absolute must. There’s no getting round it; winter tires are mandatory on all vehicles by December 1st, 2022.

Exceptions to the winter tires requirement

If you purchase or lease a new vehicle over the winter, you have seven days to have winter tires installed. Same if you buy a used vehicle and have a temporary registration certificate: you have seven days after the date the certificate was issued to have your winter tires installed.


The winter tires requirement does not apply to the following:

  • the spare tire of a vehicle
  • motorcycles used as emergency vehicles
  • passenger vehicles with dealer plates (X plates)
  • motor homes
  • passenger vehicles coming from outside of Quebec
  • Winter tires exemption certificates are issued for the following reasons:
  • when a vehicle is used to leave or return to Quebec
  • when a vehicle is being moved to be sold
  • when the owner wants to put a vehicle that had been stored back on the road
  • when a leasing contract of 12 months of more is cancelled

It pays to be on time

Miss the deadline and you could wind up with a fine for Christmas. From December 1st to March 15th, 2022, inclusively, motorists who have not equipped their vehicles with tires featuring the official pictogram as per the Highway Safety Code could face a fine of up to $300.

Winter tires are essential for the safety of all motorists. When temperatures drop below 7°C, summer tires harden and lose their grip, which increases your chances of skidding. With quality winter tires, you will have better grip on the roads because the rubber compound of these tires are designed to resist temperatures as low as -40°C thus reducing the braking distance by 25%. This lowers the risk of losing control and having an accident.

To be sure that your winter tires are fit to drive on, keep in mind these three points:

1— Tire pressure :

The cold affects your tire pressure. When temperatures dip below 6°C, tire pressure can go down by one pound. Lower pressure means less control. Tires that are not inflated properly lose their grip, which can be dangerous in the winter.

2— Manufacturing date :

Old tires are less effective. The four-digit number (DOT identification number) on the sidewall of your tires indicates the date on which the tire was made. The first two numbers correspond to the week and the last two numbers to the year. For example: 4015 means that the tire was made in the 40th week of 2015.

3— Tire tread :

The tread of your tires should be at a depth of at least 4.8 mm (6/32 in.), even though the law allows for a depth of 1.6 mm (2/32 in.). This means that the tire grooves will be deeper than the tire itself. To check yourself, use the coin test. Place a quarter in the tire grooves with the caribou facing downwards. If you can still see the caribou’s snout, the tire is too worn out to drive on.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it mandatory to change all four tires?

YES. Starting from December 1st until March 15th, your vehicle must be equipped with four compliant and in good condition winter tires. Installing only two tires on your rolling axles is a violation.

What are the dates for studded tires and tire chains?

The installation of studded tires or tire chains is allowed from October 15th to May 1st, inclusive. However, they are limited to specific types of vehicles:

For studded tires:

  • Passenger vehicles
  • Taxis
  • Commercial vehicles with a total loaded mass not exceeding 3,000 kg

For the use of tire chains:

  • Emergency vehicles
  • Farm tractors
  • Road vehicles used for snow removal and winter maintenance


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Traction - dry road

Dry-road traction is a tire's ability to brake effectively and respond well to the steering wheel on dry roads.

Traction - wet road

Wet traction is a tire's resistance to hydroplaning and its ability to provide safe driving in wet conditions.

Traction - snowy road

Snow-covered road traction is a tire's ability to operate on partially or completely snow-covered pavement.

Traction - icy road

Ice traction is a tire's ability to operate on partially or completely ice-covered pavement.


Durability refers to how many kilometres a tire can go before it stops performing.


Comfort refers to the ride quality of a tire and the noise it emits on the road.