Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46)

Act current to 2014-06-12 and last amended on 2014-06-01. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Nudity
  •  (1) Every one who, without lawful excuse,

    • (a) is nude in a public place, or

    • (b) is nude and exposed to public view while on private property, whether or not the property is his own,

    is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  • Marginal note:Nude

    (2) For the purposes of this section, a person is nude who is so clad as to offend against public decency or order.

  • Marginal note:Consent of Attorney General

    (3) No proceedings shall be commenced under this section without the consent of the Attorney General.

  • R.S., c. C-34, s. 170.
Marginal note:Causing disturbance, indecent exhibition, loitering, etc.
  •  (1) Every one who

    • (a) not being in a dwelling-house, causes a disturbance in or near a public place,

      • (i) by fighting, screaming, shouting, swearing, singing or using insulting or obscene language,

      • (ii) by being drunk, or

      • (iii) by impeding or molesting other persons,

    • (b) openly exposes or exhibits an indecent exhibition in a public place,

    • (c) loiters in a public place and in any way obstructs persons who are in that place, or

    • (d) disturbs the peace and quiet of the occupants of a dwelling-house by discharging firearms or by other disorderly conduct in a public place or who, not being an occupant of a dwelling-house comprised in a particular building or structure, disturbs the peace and quiet of the occupants of a dwelling-house comprised in the building or structure by discharging firearms or by other disorderly conduct in any part of a building or structure to which, at the time of such conduct, the occupants of two or more dwelling-houses comprised in the building or structure have access as of right or by invitation, express or implied,

    is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  • Marginal note:Evidence of peace officer

    (2) In the absence of other evidence, or by way of corroboration of other evidence, a summary conviction court may infer from the evidence of a peace officer relating to the conduct of a person or persons, whether ascertained or not, that a disturbance described in paragraph (1)(a) or (d) or an obstruction described in paragraph (1)(c) was caused or occurred.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 175;
  • 1997, c. 18, s. 6.
Marginal note:Obstructing or violence to or arrest of officiating clergyman
  •  (1) Every one who

    • (a) by threats or force, unlawfully obstructs or prevents or endeavours to obstruct or prevent a clergyman or minister from celebrating divine service or performing any other function in connection with his calling, or

    • (b) knowing that a clergyman or minister is about to perform, is on his way to perform or is returning from the performance of any of the duties or functions mentioned in paragraph (a)

      • (i) assaults or offers any violence to him, or

      • (ii) arrests him on a civil process, or under the pretence of executing a civil process,

    is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.

  • Marginal note:Disturbing religious worship or certain meetings

    (2) Every one who wilfully disturbs or interrupts an assemblage of persons met for religious worship or for a moral, social or benevolent purpose is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  • Marginal note:Idem

    (3) Every one who, at or near a meeting referred to in subsection (2), wilfully does anything that disturbs the order or solemnity of the meeting is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  • R.S., c. C-34, s. 172.