About the Program

Alcohol-related crashes


2006 - 45
2007 - 46
2008 - 44
2009 - 34
2010 - 37

Drivers in serious injury alcohol-related crashes

2006 - 91
2007 - 103
2008 - 68
2009 - 85
2010 - 63

Legislation Blood alcohol concentration limits

Criminal BAC limit: 0.08%
Administrative BAC limit: 0.05%
Graduated Licence limit: 0.00% (for the first 5 years of being licenced)

Provincial administrative licence suspension
1st offence: 1 year. 2nd offence: 5 years. 3rd+ offence:10 years (3rd offence), lifetime suspension (4+ offenses)
Remedial program

In Manitoba, all offenders convicted of impaired driving must be assessed and complete one of three programs offered by the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM). These include an education program, a high-risk program, and treatment. The cost associated with these programs is $625.

The assessment process begins with the offender completing two questionnaires followed by an interview with a trained addictions counsellor to assess the individual's alcohol and/or drug usage. Based on the outcome of the assessment, the offender will be referred to the most appropriate intervention strategy.

The purpose of each of the impaired driver programs is to assist individuals in avoiding future impaired driving offences. The programs are as follows:

  • Educational Program – the education program consists of a one-day, eight-hour workshop. The focus of this course includes awareness of impaired driving laws and consequences, the effects of alcohol and other substances on driving ability, separating drinking from driving, accepting responsibility, and making alternative arrangements/planning ahead. This program is run in a group setting with a maximum of 15 participants.
  • High Risk Program – involves both individual and group counseling sessions. This program is educational in focus and geared toward high-risk offenders (those assessed with a high likelihood of re-offending). During individual sessions the offender will work with a counsellor and create a contract for involvement, establish goals, and develop methods to monitor progress and measure substance usage while in the program. There are six group sessions spread over six months totaling 12.5 hours. These sessions focus on risk reduction strategies and involve examination of individual substance use patterns. Offenders are encouraged to develop plans that will assist them in reducing their alcohol consumption levels.
  • Rehabilitative Program Options – the treatment options are community-based and are for those offenders who are assessed as having serious alcohol dependency issues. Treatment can be administered through one of the following three schedules:
    • Once a week for three hours over a ten week period;
    • Daily intensive sessions five days a week for a period of three weeks with additional self-help; or,
    • A residential program lasting 21-28 days with additional self-help.
A copy of the assessment is sent to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles along with the recommendations. Successful completion of the education program and/or treatment will be required for licence reinstatement. 
Alcohol interlock program
Program authority
Manitoba Public Insurance Alcohol and Drug Program

Mandatory for all individuals convicted of impaired driving offences once their driving suspension has expired.

Conditional voluntary participation for those currently serving a driver’s licence suspension due to an impaired driving conviction or a Tiered Administrative Licence Suspension.
Length of participation

1st and 2nd conviction: 1 year
3rd conviction: 3 years
4th conviction: lifetime use


Monitoring agency
Division of Driver and Vehicle Licensing
Sanctions for non-compliance
Violations can lead to an extension of program participation, removing the offender from the program, and reinstatement of the hard licence suspension. Tampering can result in fines or periods of imprisonment.

Manitoba Public Insurance:
Manitoba Public Insurance
Box 6300
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4A4 In Winnipeg: 204-985-7000
Outside Winnipeg, Toll-free: 1-800-665-2410

Last updated February 2014


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