Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46)

Act current to 2015-02-04 and last amended on 2014-12-16. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Trespassing at night

 Every one who, without lawful excuse, the proof of which lies on him, loiters or prowls at night on the property of another person near a dwelling-house situated on that property is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  • R.S., c. C-34, s. 173.
Marginal note:Offensive volatile substance

 Every one other than a peace officer engaged in the discharge of his duty who has in his possession in a public place or who deposits, throws or injects or causes to be deposited, thrown or injected in, into or near any place,

  • (a) an offensive volatile substance that is likely to alarm, inconvenience, discommode or cause discomfort to any person or to cause damage to property, or

  • (b) a stink or stench bomb or device from which any substance mentioned in paragraph (a) is or is capable of being liberated,

is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  • R.S., c. C-34, s. 174.
Marginal note:Vagrancy
  •  (1) Every one commits vagrancy who

    • (a) supports himself in whole or in part by gaming or crime and has no lawful profession or calling by which to maintain himself; or

    • (b) having at any time been convicted of an offence under section 151, 152 or 153, subsection 160(3) or 173(2) or section 271, 272 or 273, or of an offence under a provision referred to in paragraph (b) of the definition “serious personal injury offence” in section 687 of the Criminal Code, chapter C-34 of the Revised Statutes of Canada, 1970, as it read before January 4, 1983, is found loitering in or near a school ground, playground, public park or bathing area.

  • Marginal note:Punishment

    (2) Every one who commits vagrancy is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 179;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 27 (1st Supp.), s. 22, c. 19 (3rd Supp.), s. 8.


Marginal note:Common nuisance
  •  (1) Every one who commits a common nuisance and thereby

    • (a) endangers the lives, safety or health of the public, or

    • (b) causes physical injury to any person,

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

  • Marginal note:Definition

    (2) For the purposes of this section, every one commits a common nuisance who does an unlawful act or fails to discharge a legal duty and thereby

    • (a) endangers the lives, safety, health, property or comfort of the public; or

    • (b) obstructs the public in the exercise or enjoyment of any right that is common to all the subjects of Her Majesty in Canada.

  • R.S., c. C-34, s. 176.