E. Regulatory Offences

Author:Kent Roach
Profession:Faculty of Law and Centre of Criminology. University of Toronto
Pages:6-6
 
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The Criminal Code contains many crimes, but they constitute only a small number of all the offences in Canada. Most offences are regulatory offences that can be defined in legislation enacted by the federal Parliament, provinces, or municipalities. Regulatory offences include traffic offences such as speeding, environmental offences, offences for engaging in a regulated activity without a licence or proper records, and offences relating to harmful commercial practices, such as misleading advertising or not complying with health and safety regulations. The punishment for regulatory offences is usually a fine, but may include imprisonment. In any event, the accused is frequently a corporation that cannot...

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