Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (S.C. 1999, c. 33)

Act current to 2017-11-20 and last amended on 2017-06-02. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Production of documents and samples
  •  (1) The Minister may, for the purposes of this Act and the regulations, by registered letter or by a demand served personally, require any person to produce at a place specified by the Minister anything referred to in paragraph 218(10)(c) or any samples referred to in paragraph 218(10)(d) within any reasonable time and in any reasonable manner that may be stipulated therein.

  • Marginal note:Compliance

    (2) Any person who is required to produce anything under subsection (1) shall, despite any other law to the contrary, do so as required.

Search

Marginal note:Authority to issue warrant for search and seizure
  •  (1) Where on ex parte application a justice is satisfied by information on oath that there are reasonable grounds to believe that there is in any place

    • (a) anything by means of or in relation to which any provision of this Act or the regulations has been contravened, or

    • (b) anything that there are reasonable grounds to believe will afford evidence with respect to the commission of an offence under this Act,

    the justice may issue a warrant authorizing an enforcement officer, or authorizing any other person named in the warrant, to enter and search the place and to seize anything referred to in paragraph (a) or (b) subject to any conditions that may be specified in the warrant.

  • Marginal note:Warrant for seizure of ships, etc.

    (2) If on ex parte application a justice is satisfied by information on oath that there are reasonable grounds to believe that an offence under this Act has been committed by an owner of any ship, aircraft, platform or other structure, the justice may issue a warrant authorizing an enforcement officer, or authorizing any other person named in the warrant, to seize the ship, aircraft, platform or structure anywhere in Canada and, in the case of a ship, platform or structure, within Canadian waters.

  • Marginal note:Search and seizure

    (3) A person authorized by a warrant issued under subsection (1) or (2) may

    • (a) at any reasonable time enter and search a place referred to in the warrant;

    • (b) seize and detain anything referred to in the warrant; and

    • (c) exercise the powers described in subsection 218(10) or (13).

  • Marginal note:Where warrant not necessary

    (4) An enforcement officer may exercise the powers described in subsection (3) without a warrant if the conditions for obtaining the warrant exist but by reason of exigent circumstances it would not be practical to obtain the warrant.

  • Marginal note:Exigent circumstances

    (5) For greater certainty, exigent circumstances include circumstances in which the delay necessary to obtain a warrant under subsection (1) or (2) would result in danger to human life or the environment or the loss or destruction of evidence.

  • Marginal note:Exception in relation to ships that are not Canadian ships

    (5.1) Despite subsection (4), an enforcement officer may exercise the powers described in subsection (3) without a warrant in relation to a ship that is not a Canadian ship if

    • (a) the conditions for obtaining the warrant exist but by reason of exigent circumstances it would not be practical to obtain the warrant; and

    • (b) the Attorney General of Canada has consented to the exercise of the powers without a warrant.

  • Marginal note:Operation of computer system and copying equipment

    (6) A person authorized under this section to search a place may

    • (a) use or cause to be used any computer system at the place to search any data contained in or available to the computer system;

    • (b) reproduce any record or cause it to be reproduced from the data in the form of a printout or other intelligible output;

    • (c) seize any printout or other output for examination or copying; and

    • (d) use or cause to be used any copying equipment at the place to make copies of the record.

  • Marginal note:Duty of person in possession or control

    (7) Every person who is in possession or control of a place in respect of which a search is carried out under this section shall permit the person carrying out the search to do anything referred to in subsection (6).

  • Marginal note:Accommodation

    (8) A person who is exercising powers described in subsection (3) on a ship, an aircraft, a platform or other structure shall be carried free of charge, and the person in command of the ship or aircraft or in charge of the platform or other structure shall provide the person exercising those powers with suitable accommodation and food free of charge.

  • 1999, c. 33, s. 220;
  • 2005, c. 23, s. 32;
  • 2009, c. 14, s. 55.
Marginal note:Custody
  •  (1) Any thing seized under section 220 shall be delivered into the custody of any person that the Minister directs.

  • Marginal note:Discharge of cargo

    (2) Where a thing seized under section 220 has cargo on board, the cargo may be discharged, under the supervision of

    • (a) the enforcement officer or other person by whom the thing was seized, or

    • (b) the person into whose custody the thing was delivered in accordance with subsection (1),

    at the place in Canada that is capable of receiving the cargo and that is nearest to the place of seizure, or at any other place that is satisfactory to the enforcement officer or other person supervising the discharge of the cargo.

  • Marginal note:Sale of perishable cargo

    (3) Where a thing seized under section 220 has cargo on board that is perishable,

    • (a) the enforcement officer or other person by whom the thing was seized, or

    • (b) the person into whose custody the thing was delivered in accordance with subsection (1)

    may sell the cargo or the portion of it that is perishable, as the case may be, and the proceeds of the sale shall be paid to the Receiver General or shall be deposited in a bank to the credit of the Receiver General.

  • Marginal note:Order for delivery of cargo

    (4) The owner of any cargo of anything seized under section 220 may apply to the Federal Court for an order requiring any person who has custody of the cargo or the proceeds of any sale thereof to deliver the cargo or the proceeds of sale to the owner, and the Court may make such an order where it is satisfied that the applicant is the owner of the cargo to which the application relates.

Marginal note:Redelivery on deposit of security
  •  (1) Where a thing has been seized under section 220, the Federal Court may, with the consent of the Minister, order redelivery of the thing or delivery of the proceeds realized from a sale of any perishable cargo under subsection 221(3) to the person from whom the thing was seized if security in the form of a bond in an amount and form satisfactory to the Minister is given to the Minister.

  • Marginal note:Seized ship, etc., to be returned unless proceedings instituted

    (2) Anything referred to in subsection (1) that has been seized under section 220, or any security given to the Minister under subsection (1), shall be returned or paid to the person from whom the thing was seized within 30 days after the seizure unless, before the expiry of those 30 days, proceedings are instituted in respect of an offence under this Act alleged to have been committed by the owner of the thing.

  • 1999, c. 33, s. 222;
  • 2009, c. 14, s. 56.

Arrest Without Warrant

Marginal note:Arrest without warrant

 An enforcement officer may arrest without warrant a person or ship that the enforcement officer believes, on reasonable grounds, has committed an offence against this Act or the regulations, or that the enforcement officer finds committing or about to commit an offence against this Act or the regulations.

  • 2005, c. 23, s. 33.

Detention

Marginal note:Seizure
  •  (1) Whenever, during the course of an inspection or a search, an enforcement officer has reasonable grounds to believe that a provision of this Act or the regulations has been contravened, the enforcement officer may seize and detain anything

    • (a) by means of or in relation to which the enforcement officer reasonably believes the contravention occurred; or

    • (b) that the enforcement officer reasonably believes will afford evidence of the contravention.

  • Marginal note:Limitation

    (2) An enforcement officer shall not seize anything under subsection (1) unless the thing is required as evidence or for purposes of analysis or the enforcement officer is of the opinion that the seizure is necessary in the public interest.

  • Marginal note:Notice of contravention

    (3) An enforcement officer who has seized and detained a thing under subsection (1) shall, as soon as is practicable, advise the person in whose possession it was at the time of the seizure of the provision of this Act or the regulations that the enforcement officer believes has been contravened.

  • Marginal note:Detention and release

    (4) Anything seized under subsection (1) or section 220, other than a ship, aircraft, platform or other structure, shall not be detained

    • (a) after the owner of the thing or the person in whose possession it was at the time of the seizure applies to the enforcement officer or to the Minister for its release and the enforcement officer or the Minister is satisfied that it is not necessary in the public interest to continue to detain the thing or that it is not required as evidence or for purposes of analysis; or

    • (b) after the expiry of 90 days after the day of seizure, unless before that time

      • (i) the thing has been forfeited under section 229,

      • (ii) proceedings have been instituted in respect of the contravention in relation to which the thing was seized, in which case it may be detained until the proceedings are finally concluded, or

      • (iii) the Minister has served or made reasonable efforts to serve notice of an application for an order extending the time during which the thing may be detained in accordance with section 224.

  • Marginal note:Storage of seized thing

    (5) A thing seized by an enforcement officer under subsection (1) or section 220, other than a ship, aircraft, platform or other structure, shall be kept or stored in the place where it was seized except if

    • (a) in the opinion of the enforcement officer,

      • (i) it is not in the public interest to do so, or

      • (ii) the thing seized, or a sample of it, is required as evidence and removal and storage of the thing seized is necessary to ensure that the thing or sample will be available as evidence in any related proceedings, or

    • (b) the person in whose possession it was at the time of the seizure or the person entitled to possession of the place requests the enforcement officer to have it removed to some other place,

    in which case it may be removed to and stored in any other place at the direction of or with the concurrence of an enforcement officer and at the expense of the person who requested that it be so removed.

  • Marginal note:Interference with seized thing

    (6) Unless authorized by an enforcement officer, no person shall remove, alter or interfere in any way with anything seized and detained by an enforcement officer under subsection (1) or section 220, but an enforcement officer shall, at the request of the person from whom it was seized, allow that person or any person authorized by that person to examine it and, where practicable, furnish a sample or copy of it to that person.

 
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