Provincial Offences Court - Frequently Asked Questions

General information


Provincial offence notices

  • Who can issue Provincial Offence notices or tickets?

    There are many enforcement agencies in Niagara who can issue you a ticket, including:

    • CN Rail Police
    • City Bylaw Enforcement
    • City Fire Services
    • Lincoln County Humane Society
    • Ministry of Environment
    • Ministry of Finance
    • Ministry of Labour
    • Ministry of Natural Resources
    • Ministry of Transportation
    • Niagara Parks Police
    • Niagara Regional Police
    • Niagara Region Public Health
    • Niagara SPCA
    • Ontario Provincial Police
    • Public Health Agency of Canada
    • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
    • Any other designated Provincial Offences Officer
  • What are the different types of Provincial Offence notices?

    There are three different types of Provincial Offence notices:

  • What does it mean when I receive a ticket (Part I offence) with a court date written on the bottom of my ticket but no fine amount?

    When there is no fine amount written on the ticket, you must appear in court at the time and on the date assigned. If you do not attend, a trial will be scheduled in your absence and you will not receive any further notice.

  • What options do I have if I get a ticket?

    Review your ticket and the options provided on the ticket itself. The court is bound by those three options. You must choose an option within 15 days from the offence date (or if applicable, the service date / date of deemed service). If you no longer have your ticket, you will need to contact the Provincial Offences Court office for assistance.

    Option 1: Plea of Guilty - Payment Out of Court
    If choosing Option 1, you can complete payment using one of the following options:

    • Pay your ticket online
    • Call 905-687-6590 to pay with Visa, MasterCard or a prepaid credit card
    • Mail a cheque or money order payable to "The Regional Municipality of Niagara" to 445 East Main St., Welland, ON L3B 3X7
    • Pay in person at 445 East Main St., Welland

    Option 2: Early Resolution Meeting
    To select Option 2, confirm your address is correct on your ticket and then complete one of the following:

    • Visit to request a meeting online to resolve your case and track your progress
    • Check the box for Option 2 on your ticket. Take a picture of the ticket and email to or Fax 905-687-6614
    • Check the box for Option 2 on your ticket and deliver via mail or in-person to the Niagara Region Courthouse at 445 East Main St., Welland, ON L3B 3X7

    Option 3: Trial Option (Not Guilty)
    If choosing Option 3 to request a trial, check the box under Option 3 as "Notice of Intention to Appear" and then send it to the courthouse using one of the following options:

    • Email
    • Fax 905-687-6614
    • Mail or deliver in person to 445 East Main St., Welland, ON L3B 3X7

    If you would like to proceed to trial, you are entitled to receive disclosure. Disclosure is the evidence that the prosecutor intends to use at your trial. You can request disclosure by completing the request for disclosure form.

  • What happens if I don't do anything after I have received a ticket?

    The charge will be placed on a Fail to Respond docket. Your offence notice will be reviewed and you may be convicted in your absence. Once you have been convicted it is too late to choose any of the options indicated on the back of your ticket.

  • Why are there two amounts on my ticket?

    At the bottom of every ticket there are two different amounts shown, the set fine and the total payable. The difference between these two amounts is called the Victim Fine Surcharge and is imposed by the provincial government.

    The amount of the Victim Fine Surcharge is based on a sliding scale depending on the amount of the fine and is added to every fine that is given under the Provincial Offences Act (except parking fines). Proceeds from the surcharge are used to maintain assistance programs for victims of crime.

Vision Zero - automated speed enforcement

Vision Zero - red light camera

  • What is a red light camera?

    A red light camera is an automated system that detects and captures images of vehicles entering an intersection when the light is red. It works with other safety methods and strategies such as engineering measures and police enforcement. Red light cameras focus on altering driver behaviour to decrease "red light running" and increase safety.

    Red light cameras are installed as part of the Vision Zero Road Safety Initiative.

  • How do red light cameras work?

    Red light cameras capture images of vehicles that fail to stop at a red light. The camera stores the images which are then reviewed by a Provincial Offences officer. The officer will determine if a ticket should be issued. Tickets are issued to the owner of the vehicle, even if they were not the one driving at the time.

  • If I receive a ticket in the mail, what are my options?
  • How long does it take to get a red light ticket in the mail?

    Red light camera tickets are sent to the registered owner of the vehicle. Tickets are sent by mail to the last address on file with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. Expect tickets to arrive within 30 days or less of when the violation takes place.

  • How much is the fine?

    The fine set by statute for running a red light is $260. There is also a $60 victim surcharge and $5 court cost, resulting in a total payable fine of $325.

  • Are there demerit points for an automated speed enforcement ticket?

    There are no demerit points for a red light camera charge, however, if the fine goes unpaid, the license plate of the vehicle cannot be renewed.

  • Will a red light ticket affect my insurance?

    While tickets issued will not affect demerit points, a red light camera ticket, whether issued by a police officer or through a camera, could affect your insurance. Individuals should consult with their insurance company about potential impact.

Trials / appeals

Demerit points / licence suspensions


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