Assisted Human Reproduction Act (S.C. 2004, c. 2)

Act current to 2016-08-15 and last amended on 2012-09-30. Previous Versions

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Marginal note:Seizure by inspector
  •  (1) An inspector who enters a place or conveyance under section 47 may seize any material or information by means of which, or in relation to which, the inspector believes on reasonable grounds this Act has been contravened.

  • Marginal note:Storage and removal

    (2) An inspector may direct that seized material or information be kept or stored in the place where it was seized or be removed to any other proper place.

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Marginal note:Application for restoration
  •  (1) A person from whom material or information is seized may, within 60 days after the date of the seizure, apply to a provincial court judge within whose jurisdiction the seizure was made for an order of restoration, if the person sends to the Minister notice of their intention to do so.

  • Marginal note:Order of restoration

    (2) The provincial court judge may order that seized material or information be restored immediately to the applicant if, on hearing the application, the judge is satisfied that

    • (a) the applicant is entitled to possession of it; and

    • (b) it will not be required as evidence in any proceedings under this Act.

  • Marginal note:Order of later restoration

    (3) If, on hearing an application, a provincial court judge is satisfied that the applicant is entitled to possession of seized material or information but is not satisfied as regards paragraph (2)(b), the judge may order that the material or information be restored to the applicant

    • (a) on the expiry of 180 days after the date of the seizure if no proceedings under this Act have been commenced before that time; or

    • (b) on the final conclusion of proceedings under this Act.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (4) A provincial court judge may not make an order for the restoration of material or information if it has been forfeited by consent under subsection 52(2).

  • 2004, c. 2, s. 51;
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 730.
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Marginal note:Forfeiture
  •  (1) If no application is made under subsection 51(1) for the restoration of seized material or information within 60 days after the date of the seizure, or an application has been made but on the hearing of the application no order of restoration is made, the material or information is forfeited to Her Majesty.

  • Marginal note:Forfeiture with consent

    (2) Where an inspector has seized material or information and the owner or the person in whose possession it was at the time of the seizure consents in writing to its forfeiture, the material or information is forfeited to Her Majesty.

  • Marginal note:Disposal

    (3) Subject to section 54, an inspector may dispose of material or information forfeited to Her Majesty in any manner that the designated officer, as defined in the regulations, directs.

  • 2004, c. 2, s. 52;
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 731.
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Marginal note:Search and seizure under warrant
  •  (1) An inspector is a public officer for the purposes of the application of section 487 of the Criminal Code in respect of an offence under this Act.

  • Marginal note:Where warrant not necessary

    (2) An inspector may exercise without a warrant any of the powers conferred by virtue of subsection (1) if the conditions for obtaining a warrant exist but, by reason of exigent circumstances, it would not be practicable to obtain a warrant.

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Marginal note:Maintaining viable gametes and embryos

 The designated officer, as defined in the regulations, shall make reasonable efforts to preserve any viable sperm, ovum or in vitro embryo that is seized under this Act or the Criminal Code. Any further measures shall be consistent with the consent of the donor or, if the consent cannot be obtained, shall be in accordance with the regulations.

  • 2004, c. 2, s. 54;
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 732.
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Marginal note:Designation of analysts

 The Minister may designate any person as an analyst for the purpose of the administration and enforcement of this Act.

  • 2004, c. 2, s. 55;
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 732.
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Marginal note:Analysis and examination
  •  (1) An inspector may submit to an analyst, for analysis or examination, any material or information seized by the inspector.

  • Marginal note:Certificate or report

    (2) An analyst who has made an analysis or examination may issue a certificate or report setting out the results of the analysis or examination.

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Marginal note:Certificate of analyst
  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), in any prosecution for an offence under this Act, a certificate purporting to be signed by an analyst, stating that any material or information has been analysed or examined by the analyst and stating the results of the analysis or examination, is admissible in evidence and, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, is proof of the statements contained in the certificate without proof of the signature or official character of the person appearing to have signed it.

  • Marginal note:Requiring attendance of analyst

    (2) The party against whom a certificate of an analyst is produced under subsection (1) may, with leave of the court, require the attendance of the analyst for the purpose of cross-examination.

  • Marginal note:Notice of intention to produce certificate

    (3) No certificate shall be admitted in evidence under subsection (1) unless, before the trial, the party intending to produce the certificate has given reasonable notice of that intention, together with a copy of the certificate, to the party against whom it is intended to be produced.

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Marginal note:Agreements for enforcement

 The Minister may enter into agreements with any department or agency of the government of Canada or of a province or with any law enforcement agency with respect to the administration and enforcement of this Act.

  • 2004, c. 2, s. 58;
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 733.

 [Repealed before coming into force, 2012, c. 19, s. 733]

Offences

Marginal note:Offence and punishment

 A person who contravenes any of sections 5 to 7 and 9 is guilty of an offence and

  • (a) is liable, on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding $500,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, or to both; or

  • (b) is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding $250,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding four years, or to both.

  • 2004, c. 2, s. 60;
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 734.
Marginal note:Offence and punishment

 A person who contravenes any provision of this Act — other than any of sections 5 to 7 and 9 — or of the regulations or an order made under subsection 44(1) is guilty of an offence and

  • (a) is liable, on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding $250,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years, or to both; or

  • (b) is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding $100,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to both.

  • 2004, c. 2, s. 61;
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 735.
Marginal note:Court orders

 A court that imposes a fine or term of imprisonment on a person in respect of an offence under this Act may

  • (a) order the forfeiture and disposition, subject to section 54, of any material or information by means of which or in relation to which the offence was committed; or

  • (b) on application by the Attorney General of Canada, order the person not to engage in any activity that, in the court’s opinion, may lead to the commission of an offence under this Act.

 
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