Also known as photo radar, the provincial government registered the use of the grey boxes in 2020 and they have popped up in municipalities like Ottawa and Toronto. In the last quarter of 2021, 54,391 tickets were issued for speeding infractions.
If you speed past a grey box, the camera captures your licence plate and remotely sends it to a database. The image of your plate is then matched to your car registration. Before you know it, there’s a ticket in your mailbox with the captured photo as indisputable evidence.
Toronto has a total of 75 automated speed cameras around the city in locations where there are community safety concerns. They added 25 more in January 2023 to help curb speeding and accidents. According to the City of Toronto, there is no set fine for when a vehicle has exceeded the posted speed limit by 50 km/h or more. A summons will be issued to the vehicle’s owner to appear in court.
How much is a speed enforcement camera fine in Ontario?
As per Schedule D of Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act, your fine will be based on how fast you were going:
- 1-19 kilometres per hour over the maximum speed limit — $5.00 per km over
- 20-29 kilometres per hour over the maximum speed limit — $7.50 per km over
- 30-49 kilometres per hour over the maximum speed limit — $12.50 per km over
In addition to the per-kilometre fine, a $5.00 court cost is added, as is a victim fine surcharge (VFS) that goes towards fighting crime in Ontario. That VFS is calculated based on how much you were charged for speeding. If your infraction was valued under $50.00, you’d pay an extra $10.00. The rest of the grid is as follows:
- $51.00–$75.00 — $15.00
- $76.00–$100.00 — $20.00
- $101.00–$150.00 — $25.00
- $151.00–$200.00 — $35.00
- $201.00–$250.00 — $50.00
- $251.00–$300.00 — $60.00
- $301.00–$350.00 — $75.00
- $351.00–$400.00 — $85.00
- $401.00–$450.00 — $95.00
- $451.00–$500.00 — $110.00
- $501.00–$1000.00 — $125.00
- $1000.00 + — 25% of the fine
So, being snapped going 24 km over the limit would earn you a $200 ticket. It’s steep but certainly better than a ticket from a live officer.
Speed enforcement camera tickets vs. officer issues speeding tickets
Unlike getting stopped by a real police officer, you won’t be docked demerit points if you’re convicted, and your driving record won’t be affected because the camera will have no way of knowing if you were the one driving.