Provincial Offences

Provincial Offences

Provincial Offences are non-criminal or quasi-criminal laws made by the Province of Ontario; however, the responsibility for the Provincial Offences Courts has been transferred by the province to municipalities across Ontario. (Criminal law can be enacted only at the federal level. Please see the Criminal Code of Canada.)

Provincial Offences Notices are primarily laid by the police, including those committed under the following:

  • Highway Traffic Act – such as speeding, careless driving, or not wearing your seat belt
  • Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act – such as failing to surrender your insurance card, or possessing a fake or invalid insurance card
  • Liquor License Act – such as being intoxicated in a public place; selling alcohol to a minor or to a person who is intoxicated; or selling alcohol without a license or selling alcohol with a suspended or revoked license
  • Trespass to Property Act – such as entering premises when entry is prohibited or failing to leave the premises after being directed to do so
  • City By-Laws – such as infractions under city noise,smoking, taxi and animal care by-laws
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