Ontario Canada Tint Laws

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Ontario Canada Window Tint Laws

Don’t get ticketed for a stylish surprise! Before you book that window tinting appointment, brush up on the window tint regulations in Ontario and across Canada. Tinting laws vary by province and territory, so even a quick weekend trip could land you with a fine.

Here’s why informing yourself beforehand is crucial:

Provincial Differences: Ontario allows tinting on rear windows but restricts it on the front two side windows and windshield. Understanding these variations can prevent headaches down the road (literally!).

Nationwide Enforcement: Traffic laws are enforced throughout Canada. Getting pulled over in another province with illegal tint could mean a fine and potential hassle.

Peace of Mind: Knowing your car complies with regulations gives you peace of mind while driving. No more worrying about unexpected interactions with law enforcement.

By familiarizing yourself with the laws, you can ensure a smooth experience and avoid any unwanted surprises. A quick online search or consultation with a tint shop can clarify the specifics for your province and provide details on acceptable Visible Light Transmission (VLT) percentages. Tint responsibly, and enjoy the benefits of a cooler, more comfortable ride!

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Window Tint laws for suvs, trucks, & vans

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Front Windows

All Vehicles

70% tint (VLT%)

Rear Passenger Windows

Includes rear window and rear passenger

Any shade of tint can be used for trucks, SUVs, and vans ONLY

Rear Window

Includes rear window and rear passenger windows

Any shade of tint can be used for trucks, SUVs, and vans ONLY

Windshield

ALL VEHICLE TYPES

No tint allowed for the entire windshield

Window Tint laws for sedans & coupes

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Front Windows

ALL VEHICLE TYPES

Includes Trucks, SUVs, Vans, Sedans, Coupes, & Hatchbacks

70% tint (VLT%)

Rear Passenger Windows

for Sedans, Coupes, & Hatchbacks

Any tint is allowed

Rear Window

for Sedans, Coupes, & Hatchbacks

Any tint is allowed if the vehicle has both left and right side rear-view-mirrors

Windshield

ALL VEHICLE TYPES

No tint allowed for the entire windshield

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% of Tint or Visible light transmission (VLT) is the measurement used to assess the amount of light passing through a piece of glass. This is the percent of visible light that passes through the film and glass to give you a net transmission percentage. The lower the VLT%, the darker the window.

Law Enforcement uses a tint meter which measures the Visible Light Transmittance (VLT) of window film and glass for illegal tint. 

Windshield: Several states allow medical exemptions for drivers or passengers who frequently travel in the vehicle. These exemptions usually require a licensed physician in that state to sign a waiver. Please visit your states .gov site for details. 

AS-1 Line: This is the line extending from the letters AS-1, found on most motor vehicle windshields, running parallel to the top of the windshield.

Ontario Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER H.8, Equipment obstructing the view (see sections 73 and 74)

Ontario Vehicle Inspection Standard (.pdf file, scroll to page 76)

If you’re driving a truck or SUV built in the last decade, chances are it’s equipped with factory tinted glass on all windows behind the front doors.

Many owners of vehicles like this often choose to only have the front windows tinted to match the back because they believe that they are already set with the rear windows.

UV Protection

While this factory tint improves the looks of the vehicle, and offers rear passengers some privacy, it does very little to help reduce the heat entering through the glass or protect them from the sun’s harmful UV rays. 

Heat Rejection

The same also goes for heat rejection. Some assume that the level of heat rejection they will on the front glass is already present in the rear glass because of the factory tint. Nothing can be further from the truth. Other than having the tinted look, these windows do very little to stop the heat.

To find out what options you have to protecting your passengers and vehicles interior, click here.