Drivers who live in northern Ontario can now put on studded tires earlier and keep them on longer, providing motorists with more options to stay safe during severe or extended winter weather.

Northern Ontario residents can now use studded tires from Sept. 1 to May 31. Previously, studded tires were only allowed from Oct. 1 to April 30. The change is based on advice and recommendations from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

Studded tires can be used on vehicles that have an ownership address in northern Ontario, which includes the districts of Algoma, Cochrane, Kenora, Manitoulin, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Rainy River, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, and Temiskaming. They can also be used on out-of-province vehicles travelling in Ontario for less than a month.

Ensuring Ontario’s roads and highways are safe is part of the government’s plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts

  • Studded tires are proven to be more effective than other tires on wet, icy road conditions.
  • Only lightweight, Scandinavian studs can be used in northern Ontario.
  • Last winter, the province added 50 combination snowplow-spreader units and five tow plows — 42 of them in northern Ontario.
  • Check road closure information before you leave by calling 511, visiting Ontario.ca/511or follow @MTORoadClosures on Twitter.


Steven Del Duca

“Ontario’s roads are among the safest in North America. We are always looking for ways to make them safer. Winter weather conditions in northern Ontario can make driving particularly challenging and dangerous. Allowing the use of studded tires for a longer period of time will help keep drivers safe on those highways”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

Michael Gravelle

“By extending the season and allowing northern Ontario residents to use studded tires from Sept. 1 to May 31, our government is making winter driving safer for the countless families and businesses that rely on our northern highway system each year”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines