Quebec Infraction under my name that never took place, how to proceed?

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  • May 7th, 2019 9:57 am
May 5, 2019
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Quebec Infraction under my name that never took place, how to proceed?

I was living in Montreal between May and August of last year for an internship and have been back in my Ontario home city ever since.

While there I only had one ticket for jaywalking on June 30th, 2018; paid it off the next week.

1 hour ago I got a letter in the mail from SAA saying my Quebec Driver's License will be suspended due to an unpaid fine (funny because I only have an Ontario License and never drove a car in Montreal).

I called the phone line and then Le cours municipale and was told on July 4th I got a ticket for riding a Bike without headphones?

I got a warning from the police when that new law came into effect on a totally different date (early August) but there was never an exchange of name or ID as it was a casual friendly reminder/warning and thereafter I stopped wearing headphones because after my jaywalking incident I learned Montreal Cops are sticklers on non-Francophones and a $150+fees ticket was not something I wanted especially because I only had 1 month left in the city when I got the warning and I'm a broke student

I explained the situation to the phone agent and asked for information such as "what address was provided, what type of ID was provided, what name was provided?"

And was told that only the general address to a 200 unit apartment building (that I did live in) was given, no ID was given, and my middle name was absent from the file.

Vs for my jaywalking ticket the correct address was on file, my full name with middle name and my Ontario License # was on record.

I think it's ridiculous that I'm getting a fine in the mail 1 year later when I was never even given notice that someone evidently gave my name to the police and that the police actually went ahead and processed it with no proper ID, no full name, and no full address...

I tried telling the agent that just off the fact that my full name is not on record, that is already a fatal error and the fine should be cancelled, that no ID was given, no address, etc etc

And she told me I have to go to Montreal to explain it in front of a judge, that's absolutely insane that I am expected to drive from Toronto to Montreal over a $150 fine that is illegal and that I never actually received (and which the lack of full information in the file supports)

I really loved Montreal and wanted to move there after I finish school, but [...] the law enforcement and bureaucracy is such a turn off

Anyone have any advice?
Last edited by Mars2012 on May 6th, 2019 9:42 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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4 replies
Sr. Member
Sep 25, 2018
659 posts
They actually give tickets to j-walking? Stunning!
And that cop decided to give you a ticket in secret after having a "friendly warning" without even knowing who you were???
On top of those, Cops are sticklers on non-Francophones?

I don't see why you still loved Montreal and wanted to move back. I'd run as far as I could.
Deal Guru
Feb 9, 2006
12142 posts
Just remember what to vote for in the next Referendum.
Sr. Member
Feb 21, 2010
878 posts
i was once pulled over in montreal because I drove the car on the same route more than once in few minutes and cops wanted to know if they can "help" me.
Temp. Banned
Jun 18, 2008
5095 posts
Yes, please stay away from Montreal. Don't come back. Thanks for playing and don't forget to pay your ticket.