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The Complete Canada Driving and Rental Guide

Like its southern neighbour, Canada is very much dependent on driving. There is no shortage of scenic towns and destinations across the country and driving may be the best way to explore. Here is a brief driving guide aiming at easing your mind while on the road.

  • Speed Limit and Traffic Signs
  • Seatbelt and Child Safety
  • Parking, Fuel and Toll
  • Traffic Violation
  • Driving Licence and Age Requirements

Speed Limit and Traffic Signs

Driving in Canada is on the right with overtaking on the left. Since winter weather conditions may make driving challenging, we strongly advise you to check the weather conditions before travelling and be well equipped. Do not also forget to save emergency numbers in your cell phone.

Speed Limit

Unlike its neighbour, Canada uses metric units. Distance and speed are marked in kilometres and kilometres/hour. There is a speed limit of 50 km/h in town and 80 km/h on highways. A typical speed limit for the freeway in most provinces is 100-110 km/h.

Traffic Signs

Notably, for the most parts, Canadian traffic signs employ two languages-- English, French or both, and some incorporate indigenous language such as “Cree”. There are basically 4 types of Canadian traffic signs: regulatory, warning, information and direction.

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Canada has not joined in the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals, explaining why the road traffic system looks different to what we usually see in Europe or other countries.


Its regulatory signs mostly feature a circular shape, with some exceptions.

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You will not see a common maximum speed sign in Canada, contrarily to some other countries. The maximal speed sign is usually rectangular, with a black writing on a white background.

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Most Canadian warning signs are diamond-shaped with black lettering or symbols on a yellow background.

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In Canada, information signs show where you are, what road you are driving on or how to reach certain places. These signs normally feature a rectangular shape with green or blue background.

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As for directional signs, they are usually rectangular with a green background, and inform drivers about the direction or distance in kilometres to neighboring towns and cities.

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You may refer to this complete manual of standard Canada traffics signs and pavement markings for a better knowledge.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Seatbelt and Child Safety

Seatbelt Laws

As for seatbelt law, every Canadian province makes it compulsory for the driver and all passengers to wear seatbelts whilst the car is moving. Failing to do so will result in a fine that varies according to the province.

Booster Seat Laws

Children of 8 years old and under must be properly secured in a child seat restraint system until they are at least 145 cm tall or 36 kg. Children who weigh less than 9 kg must be secured in a rear-facing car seat.


Age and other requirements vary by Canadian province or territory. You may use this as a reference or an idea for the child safety laws when travelling with your kids in Canada, but it is advisable for you to check individual provincial rules before you set for the road.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Parking, Fuel and Toll

Parking

Parking regulations vary across provinces and territories and are normally the responsibility of municipalities. But you do not need to worry as signage states clearly for the permitted and forbidden parking on all streets.


· Permitted Parking


Street parking is usually only permitted in the direction of traffic. In some smaller roads, parking is only allowed on one side of the road. 


Plenty of car parks are available in most of the cities. Prices vary greatly from one city to another and can be very high in cities like Vancouver. Parking can be paid by a ticket machine, a metre at the side of the road, or by a parking attendant at a public parking lot. Failing to pay for parking in these areas may result in a fine. 

Canada Paid Parking Sign(Image from i.cbc.ca)

Canada Paid Parking Metre(Image from cbc.ca)


· No Parking


Street parking in some residential areas is not allowed in the winter. There are signs indicating when parking is not allowed.

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Fuel Prices

The average price for Canada gasoline price in January 2018 is 1.36 Canadian dollar, while diesel cost 1.01.

Toll

There are several toll roads in Canada such as The Ontario Highway 407 and The Cobequid Pass (Highway 104). All of the toll roads have utilized Electronic Toll Collection system. 

Canada Toll Road(Image from o.canada.com)


If you are planning to drive on these toll roads, you can choose to opt into the e-toll system with your car hire company. Normally, the terms are stated in the rental contract provided by the car hire company at the rental desk. These terms should let you be aware that your credit card may be debited 4-8 weeks after you return the car. If you use an Alamo, National or Enterprise rental car, it is advisable to go to check with the Highway Toll Administration site to find out the details of the toll collected.


You are always welcomed to reach out to QEEQ' 24/7 customer service team for assistance or clarifications in matter regarding tolling.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Traffic Violation

DUI Laws

Canada has very strict laws on drunk driving. The limit is the same as in the UK which is 80mg per 100ml of blood but lowered to 50mg in some provinces. If you already have a drink driving conviction on your licence within the last five years, you will be refused entering at the Canadian point of entry. 


Punishment varies by provinces but all are treated very seriously. The minimum punishment for a first offence is a $1000 fine and a year's licence suspension.   

Traffic Fines

Speeding in Canada can be fined from $100 to over $400 depending on provinces. 


For the spot tickets, follow the instructions on the paper to proceed to the payment. It is advisable to pay fines directly when you are still in the city.  


For tickets issued from cities of TorontoOttawa or Montreal, you can log in the city's website to check the details and pay for them by entering your ticket number( or plus with the licence plate number).

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Driving Licence and Age Requirements

To legally rent and drive a car in Canada, you will need a driving licence issued by the government which has been held for at least 2 years. If your domestic driving licence is not in English, an International Driving Permit (IDP/IDL) or an official translation in English is required when you drive in Canada. 


The minimum driver age for renting a car at a Canadian rental office is 21 years old. This age may vary according to the state and car category rented. 

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Guest reviews

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Akash Patel

September 20, 2021

Destination: Toronto

8Hertz tried to shaft me, but I didn’t let them

They tried to give me a smaller car than what I had booked. When I argued I got given a minivan which was bigger. The car was good but hadn’t been cleaned. It still had rubbish in it from the previous renter and had a horrible smell

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Goran

September 20, 2021

Destination: Calgary

10Absolutely perfect.

The counter staff were super helpful and nice

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August 28, 2021

Destination: Vancouver

5Dirty, couldn't care less, won't use again

terrible service, never responded to email, not friendly.

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K.Holt

August 24, 2021

Destination: Toronto

7.3Overall a poor experience due to hidden fees and poor pickup experience. The car itself was great.

I had major issues with Fox Rent a Car and I will be avoiding them in the future. -The pickup location provided was incorrect and I needed to be picked up by a shuttle. It took me at least 1 hour to pickup my vehicle, even though I showed up on time. -The rental company added many fees on top of the rental cost, which included $12/day for use of my credit card insurance. -Despite booking for unlimited mileage, the rental company imposed a 200 km/day limit and charged $0.20/km fee. This directly contradicted my booking.

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a.shoniker

August 23, 2021

Destination: Toronto

10Easy and fast transaction . I would book again !

I would happily rent from this company again!

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N.Leblanc

August 9, 2021

Destination: Halifax

9.3Excellent

We booked a Dodge charger. However, when we got to Thrifty, they did not have a Dodge Charger available. However, after reviewing our booking confirmation they were able to locate a Mustang GT at a different location. We appreciated the efforts made to get us a satisfactory vehicle. the whole process did, however, take considerably long that we planned for since we had to wait for them to get the vehicle from a different location.

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P.McDonald

August 8, 2021

Destination: Vancouver

9.3Super easy. Would do it again!

Super easy … much smoother than most of my rental experiences from the big companies. Very helpful staff. Car only had 1/4 tank but everything else was great.

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A.Faridkhou

August 8, 2021

Destination: Vancouver

10Easy reservation process, easier pickup drop off process

The staff were quite friendly. The gentleman who helped us at the counter and for pick up (on Monday Aug 2 PM) was very caring and showed us everything about pick up and drop off. He explained the whole renting process clearly. Very satisfied

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C.Lun

August 6, 2021

Destination: Vancouver

10Very good

Efficient !

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R.Gupta

July 15, 2021

Destination: Vancouver

10Amazing experience!

Great service and great cars

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Srinivasan

June 30, 2021

Destination: Calgary

10Qeeq/Thrifty combination excels

The car exceeded our expectations. It was a new Corolla with advanced features like automatic braking if there were a vehicle in front. We had to wait for over 1 hour in queue to get the car and this was the only negative point in an otherwise excellent experience. The counter staff was otherwise very helpful.

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William C

June 15, 2021

Destination: Calgary

9Good value. Quick and Easy

The car had 60K km but was in good condition both exterior and interior.

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Anand Singh

April 23, 2021

Destination: Calgary

9.3Excellent

Excellent service

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April 12, 2021

Destination: Montreal

10Excellent

Good rate

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April 12, 2021

Destination: Surrey

10Excellent

KIA forte

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April 12, 2021

Destination: Vancouver

10Excellent

Jeep is good

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April 12, 2021

Destination: Montreal

10Excellent

Very nice, got a mazda 3 sports 2020, very good condition

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April 12, 2021

Destination: Vancouver

10Excellent

Good fast flexible

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Kasun N

March 14, 2021

Destination: Toronto

10Excellent

These guys were very efficient and easy to deal with. I had a flat tyre and they let me borrow their portable air pump to add some air in the tyres so I could bring it in. They fixed the tyre very quickly as they knew I was pressed for time. Very friendly efficient staff.

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P.Esquivel

March 5, 2021

Destination: Vancouver

8.7Seamless!!

Normally great, but unfortunately their shuttle driver was not available when I dropped off the vehicle, so I had to take a taxi to the airport

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M.Kwok

January 20, 2021

Destination: Toronto

10Excellent

Great rental company

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A.Martin

December 30, 2020

Destination: Calgary

8Garbage

Changes price based on local drivers.

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Y.Hu

December 24, 2020

Destination: Montreal

10Excellent

The servant Alex is very nice.

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T.Pang

December 17, 2020

Destination: Montreal

10good easy drop off/ drop in

good easy drop off/ drop in

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P.Esquivel

December 6, 2020

Destination: Calgary

10Great. Easy. The way it should be.

Great experience. Will Definitely return for a future rental!

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D.Singh

November 24, 2020

Destination: Toronto

10Great

Great car

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N.La Brie

November 13, 2020

Destination: Calgary

7Satisfied for the money

Counter staff was extremely helpful. Surprised location was off site. Did not see that when booking

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October 15, 2020

Destination: Ottawa

7Good overall experience with my first car rental.

The car was not ready when I arrived. It was washed while I was waiting. My pickup time was for 8 am and I was only able to drive off from the pickup location at 9 am. The drop off in the other hand, took only 5 min. The car was clean, but it had a warning sign turned on. I was told that everything was fine and not to worry about it, that it was just that the mechanic forgot to reset the code for it. Otherwise, I had no problems during my trip.

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H.Fung

September 25, 2020

Destination: Vancouver

10Great

Overall are good !

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inside31100@yahoo.fr

September 1, 2020

Destination: Montreal

6.3Average

Le véhicule de location était en mauvais état et avait une odeur très désagréable. Il a été changé pour un modèle olus petit et sale intérieurement. J'ai du nettoyer les vitres. A la restitution du véhicule, j'ai été chargé deux fois ainsi que le carburant alors que j'avais fait le plein...

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August 25, 2020

Destination: Toronto

9.3wheels were in bad condition, everything else is great

Car was provided with empty tank, and we had to pump one wheel 4 times during our renting period!!! No issues besides that.

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August 21, 2020

Destination: Montreal

9.71..2..3 and go

Nothing To add to my comments

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n.louie

August 19, 2020

Destination: Calgary

10Great

The lady who helped me in Calgary was an absolute legend. She saw my back was hurting and helped me out with a more comfortable car. Made my journey 10/10

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August 14, 2020

Destination: Vancouver

9.7Great trip!!

Fuel system was kind of complex this time.

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Dhawal Shah

August 11, 2020

Destination: Toronto

9Always go with Qeeq

Car was new and in a very good conditions.

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YUL

August 10, 2020

Destination: Montreal

8.7Very Good

Very helpful agent at both pick-up and drop-off. Thank you !

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Ai

August 10, 2020

Destination: Calgary

9.7Hassle free process and good deal

Overall, Routes gave us a good service. We arrived an hour early for the pick up time but they were able to pick us up at the airport. The car was a little dirty but it did not ruin the experience for us.

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August 7, 2020

Destination: Buffalo

6.7Never will I rent here. Worst customer service. Dont arrive early youll be charged another day renta

This car was horrible. The car definitely was not properly cleaned. Definitely not with cv19 cdc standards. No real concern from owner when i brought it to her attention either.

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August 5, 2020

Destination: Ottawa

6.3Average

I didn't know that the choice of cars was only Kia brand. Wé wait long time at thé counter before served, only one person.

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S.Ahmed

August 4, 2020

Destination: Toronto

6.3The Staff at Iversta needs to be more professional and clean their cars and SANITIZE them properly.

The Car was not sanitized properly. The car was also not so clean and I had to point out to get it cleaned. The car had rough interior. They Charged my visa even though I had Paid to Qeeq already. Still waiting for refund.

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S.Rathod

August 3, 2020

Destination: Montreal

7.7Good

Wish they had after hours key drop off. You can only return the car during business hours

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M.Kwok

August 3, 2020

Destination: Toronto

10Brand-New

Quality service

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A.Yu

July 31, 2020

Destination: Vancouver

9.3Excellent

I have not received the email receipt of return upto today.

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JulieA

July 31, 2020

Destination: Toronto

9.3Quick and Easy rental.

Only thing that struck me was the car wasn’t very clean and because of COVID-19 got me a bit worried. After reading reviews before renting there I was worried how the service would be, but I am very happy with my experience with them and would recommend and will book again at this locating. :)

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H.Patel

July 30, 2020

Destination: Toronto

9.7Excellent

Can you please wash the car properly from outside and interior too. Overall customer service and car performance was excellent.

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S.Tirmizi

July 7, 2020

Destination: Toronto

8The car ran well and needed to fill up less than I thought I would on such a long trip.

Car over all was very clean but found old food like smarties and cornflakes under the seat from previous renters. Also I was unable to reach the Hertz local branch by calling their local line of the Toronto Airport. Kept connecting me to their general line and could not get a hold of anyone to let them know that I can't find their location.

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M.Haghjoo

June 8, 2020

Destination: Calgary

10Brilliant

The supervisor, Sunny was so kind and helpful and tried his best to make everything in the best way

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June 4, 2020

Destination: Toronto

6Terrible, 45 min wait.

Waited extremely long for the shuttle from airport to the Rental place. I called a second time after waiting for 25 mins and they said “yes 5 minutes more”... ITS A 3 min drive from the airport!! That meant that after 25 mins, they still had not left to pick me up. I could have walked there much quicker.. After 45 mins of waiting, we arrived at the rental place. The counter staff was extremely slow and it looked like they had a lot of manual inputting for each customer. The two customers in front of us were being told that they didn’t have sufficient insurance etc etc. they tried to up sell to someone by 30% of the cost of their rental. Honestly it all sounded very scammy. I know they usually up sell insurance but I’ve never heard it so bad. Finally I was helped and they took my insurance to scan it... I’d never heard of that before. Was uncomfortable. Would never rent here again. Basically get better value for a bit more money renting anywhere else.

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June 3, 2020

Destination: Montreal

8Very Good

La personne responsable du ramassage n'était pas très agréable... Au retour il en été de même, pas un mot, que des gestes...

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Precious

May 25, 2020

Destination: Toronto

10Nothings beats this - ALAMO Pearson

The quickest service ever at an airport. The best day of arrival at an airport and getting a car without any upsell from the customer representatives of Alamo

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Frequently asked questions

Q1.What is an insurance excess?

The excess is the amount you'll only be liable for in case of damage(under Collision Damage Waiver) or theft(under Theft Protection) of the vehicle.
Information about the excess will be clearly stated in the price inclusion when you reserve a car on QEEQ.

Q2. How can I add an addtional driver?

You are advised to make a request upon your arrival at the rental counter. Additional charge per day will incur unless '1 Additional Driver Included' is stipulated on the rental.
Please note that the same licence and age requirement applys to the additonal driver. The addtional driver is supposed to present the required licence document along with the main driver at pickup.

Q3.What if I want to pick up or drop off my rental car out of office hours?

QEEQ will show you the car offers available at your chosen time on the search results.
However, pick-up or drop-off out of general opening hours may subject to an extra fee unless self-service pick-up or drop-off is available.
After you reserve a car on QEEQ, we will inform you of specific policy of the car hire company by email.

Q4. Can I take the hired car to another country or cross border?

If you want to pick up your car in one country and drop it in another, your search results will show you cars you can do that with.
If you're planning to cross any borders during your trip, bear in mind:
1. You may have to pay more.
There are often extra fees, taxes or additional cover you'll pay at the car hire counter.
2.It may not be allowed.
Depending on where you're hiring, you may not be able to take your car to another country.
Please email us if you want to take your hire car into a different country during your trip, and we'll talk you through your options.

Q5. Can I pick up my car at one location and return it at different location?

Yes. You can pick up the vehicle in one place and drop it off in another. An ‘one-way fee’ will incur. Whether it is inclued in the rental price or what additional cost may arise will be clearly stated at the time of booking on QEEQ.
Please inform the car hire company of your drop-off location when you pick up the vehicle or contact them directly during your trip. You will find a phone number on the rental agreement you signed at pickup.

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