What Are Provincial Offences In Ontario?

A Provincial Offence is any act or omission that can result in quasi-criminal charges to be laid. These types of charges can be filed by the Provincial Crown, as well as prosecutors from other provincial agencies, such as the Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Finance, Employment Standards Branch, Occupational Health and Safety, and Residential Tenancies (Investigations Branch. Examples of provincial legislation that people are commonly charged under include:

  • Highway Traffic Act charges such as speeding or traffic violations;
  • Environmental Protection Act
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Dog Owners' Liability Act; and
  • Trespass to Property Act.


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