Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46)

Act current to 2015-08-04 and last amended on 2015-07-23. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Offences of negligence — organizations

 In respect of an offence that requires the prosecution to prove negligence, an organization is a party to the offence if

  • (a) acting within the scope of their authority

    • (i) one of its representatives is a party to the offence, or

    • (ii) two or more of its representatives engage in conduct, whether by act or omission, such that, if it had been the conduct of only one representative, that representative would have been a party to the offence; and

  • (b) the senior officer who is responsible for the aspect of the organization’s activities that is relevant to the offence departs — or the senior officers, collectively, depart — markedly from the standard of care that, in the circumstances, could reasonably be expected to prevent a representative of the organization from being a party to the offence.

  • 2003, c. 21, s. 2.
Marginal note:Other offences — organizations

 In respect of an offence that requires the prosecution to prove fault — other than negligence — an organization is a party to the offence if, with the intent at least in part to benefit the organization, one of its senior officers

  • (a) acting within the scope of their authority, is a party to the offence;

  • (b) having the mental state required to be a party to the offence and acting within the scope of their authority, directs the work of other representatives of the organization so that they do the act or make the omission specified in the offence; or

  • (c) knowing that a representative of the organization is or is about to be a party to the offence, does not take all reasonable measures to stop them from being a party to the offence.

  • 2003, c. 21, s. 2.
Marginal note:Accessory after the fact
  •  (1) An accessory after the fact to an offence is one who, knowing that a person has been a party to the offence, receives, comforts or assists that person for the purpose of enabling that person to escape.

  • (2) [Repealed, 2000, c. 12, s. 92]

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 23;
  • 2000, c. 12, s. 92.
Marginal note:Where one party cannot be convicted

 For greater certainty, sections 21 to 23 apply in respect of an accused notwithstanding the fact that the person whom the accused aids or abets, counsels or procures or receives, comforts or assists cannot be convicted of the offence.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 24 (2nd Supp.), s. 45.
Marginal note:Attempts
  •  (1) Every one who, having an intent to commit an offence, does or omits to do anything for the purpose of carrying out the intention is guilty of an attempt to commit the offence whether or not it was possible under the circumstances to commit the offence.

  • Marginal note:Question of law

    (2) The question whether an act or omission by a person who has an intent to commit an offence is or is not mere preparation to commit the offence, and too remote to constitute an attempt to commit the offence, is a question of law.

  • R.S., c. C-34, s. 24.