511 Questions and Answers
Québec 511 is part of a North American approach to providing weather and traveller information services through an abbreviated 511 telephone number already available in several U.S. administrations or States, as well as in most Canadian provinces. The purpose of this integrated multimodal portal is to facilitate access to information on transportation, by telephone, smart phone and on the Web, to help road users plan their trips better throughout Québec. The information, which is obtained, in part, as a result of partnerships between the Ministère and municipalities or public bodies, such as Ville de Montréal, the Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) and the Canada Border Services Agency, covers, for example, winter road conditions, roadwork, major incidents, availability of ferry services (open or closed) and waiting times at Canadian border crossings. Information on the website also includes traffic camera images, services offered at rest areas, etc.
The deployment of Québec 511 was made possible by the participation of the ministère des Transports du Québec in the 511 Consortium directed by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Society of Canada (ITS Canada), for reservation of the 511 number, and by the Ministère’s leading role in the development of applications related to intelligent transportation systems in Québec.
The Québec 511 telephone service is accessible everywhere in Québec and works on all telephony systems. All you have to do is call 511 for instant access, free of charge.
You can call Québec 511 toll-free from anywhere in North America at 1 888 355-0511.
Québec 511, which you can access by telephone, smart phone and on the Web, is the only official source of transportation information necessary to plan safe trips on the Québec road network, all year round. It is also the place to report an incident on the road network, obtain information on any subject related to the mission of the ministère des Transports, or make a comment or complaint.
The services available may vary according to the consultation mode chosen, but they are always current and as up-to-date as possible.The telephone component of Québec 511 provides information on:
The Web component provides the same information, but also gives access to:
Yes. The general information service is available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Select 3 from the general menu to talk to an agent.
Québec 511 Web is compliant with the WCAG standard (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines), required by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). It is also compliant with the requirements of the gouvernement du Québec’s standard on website accessibility (consult the Web accessibility page on the Ministère’s website for more details). Most of the web content is in HTML language or in ASCII (text format). However, special software is required to interpret content presented in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) and Adobe Flash.
The Québec 511 telephone service works by voice recognition, but also allows users to request information from a telephone keypad. This functionality allows users with elocution or other difficulties to consult Québec 511.
It is preferable to call 911 for any emergency (310-4141 in municipalities not served by 911 and *4141 if you call using a cell phone). However, if you notice a specific situation that concerns the ministère des Transports, such as debris on the roadway, you can call 511 (option 2) at any time to report this situation to one of our representatives.
Informing the general public is a priority for the ministère des Transports. Aware of the potentially disruptive effects of the events in progress on its road network, the Ministère has adopted information transmission procedures and dissemination tools to reach users, road professionals and its various partners. Teams throughout the province regularly update the information provided through Québec 511. Updates are captured in the Ministère’s information dissemination applications and transferred to Québec 511 within minutes.
For many years, the Ministère has disseminated information on winter road conditions and roadwork under its responsibility, particularly through public relays. Québec 511 also disseminates information coming from the Ministère’s partners, such as Ville de Montréal, the Société des traversiers du Québec and the Canada Border Services Agency.
Information concerning major events in progress on the road network and resulting in significant hindrances is updated every time new developments occur or as soon as the event ends.
Information on winter road conditions is updated at least once a day or whenever changes occur. The information provided reflects the current conditions on a given segment.
Information on roadwork is updated at each major step and when the work is over.
Once the information is captured in the information processing systems, it is made available on Québec 511 within 5 minutes.
If you are in Québec, use of the Québec 511 service is free.
You can receive, instantly and free of charge, on your computer or on your smart phone, the latest information updates regarding the Québec road network. All you have to do is access the Québec 511 website and go to the RSS Subscriptions section to subscribe.
To display XML content on your smart phone or on your computer, you need an RSS reader or an RSS web module.
The RSS feeds* are not exclusive to Québec 511. Several software products offer this service. Many RSS feed readers are offered on the Web; while some must be purchased, others can be downloaded free of charge.
The Ministère attaches great importance to providing traveller information. It is constantly on the lookout for technological innovations in the transportation field that can improve safety and facilitate road travel. The Ministère is always considering new technologies applied to intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and information dissemination tools that would allow users of its road network to plan their trips better, taking into account traffic hindrances (accidents, roadwork, road congestion, etc.).
No. The use of hand-held devices with a telephone function, such as cell phones or smart phones (for example, Android, iPhone, etc.), is prohibited when driving. Operating an automobile requires your full attention and concentration. While at the wheel, you must maintain constant vigilance because of the many unexpected situations that can occur on the road. Using such devices is a major source of distraction. According to a study conducted in Québec, a driver who uses a cell phone has a 38% higher risk of having an accident. The risk of committing a Highway Safety Code offence (for example, running a red light, not making a compulsory stop) also increases.
There is a Neighbouring Road Networks section on the web component of Québec 511. This gives you access to links to the 511 services of Québec’s neighbour States and provinces. However, for the time being, this service is not available through the Québec 511 telephone line.