Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (S.C. 2000, c. 17)

Act current to 2016-12-31 and last amended on 2015-06-23. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Application for registration
  •  (1) An application for registration shall be submitted to the Centre in the prescribed form and manner, shall include a list of the applicant’s agents, mandataries or branches that are engaged, on behalf of the applicant, in the activities referred to in paragraph 5(h), in selling money orders to the public if the applicant is a person or entity referred to in paragraph 5(l), or in any prescribed activities, and shall include any prescribed information.

  • Marginal note:Agents, mandataries and branches

    (2) Any agent, mandatary or branch included on the list is not required to register with the Centre when they are acting in that capacity.

  • 2006, c. 12, s. 11.
Marginal note:Changes to information

 An applicant or a person or entity registered with the Centre shall notify the Centre, in the prescribed form and manner, of any change to the information provided in the application or of any newly obtained information that should have been included in the application within 30 days after the day on which the applicant or the registered person or entity becomes aware of the change or obtains the new information.

  • 2006, c. 12, s. 11.
Marginal note:Clarifications — applicant
  •  (1) An applicant shall provide the Centre, in the prescribed form and manner, with any clarifications that the Centre may request in respect of the prescribed information and the list referred to in subsection 11.12(1) within 30 days after the day on which the request is made.

  • Marginal note:Denial of application

    (2) If the applicant does not provide the Centre with the clarifications within the 30 days, the Centre may deny the application and shall, without delay, inform the applicant of the denial.

  • 2006, c. 12, s. 11.
Marginal note:Notice of registration

 The applicant is registered with the Centre once the Centre adds the applicant to the registry referred to in subsection 54.1(1). The Centre shall, without delay, send the applicant notice of their registration.

  • 2006, c. 12, s. 11.
Marginal note:Denial of application

 The Centre shall deny the application of any person or entity referred to in subsection 11.11(1) and shall, without delay, inform the applicant of the denial.

  • 2006, c. 12, s. 11.
Marginal note:Clarifications — registrant
  •  (1) A registered person or entity shall provide the Centre, in the prescribed form and manner, with any clarifications that the Centre may request in respect of the prescribed information and the list referred to in subsection 11.12(1) within 30 days after the day on which the request is made.

  • Marginal note:Revocation of registration

    (2) If the registered person or entity does not provide the Centre with the clarifications within the 30 days, the Centre may revoke the registration and shall, without delay, inform the person or entity of the revocation.

  • 2006, c. 12, s. 11.
Marginal note:Written reasons

 Any decision to deny an application or revoke a registration must be in writing with reasons.

  • 2006, c. 12, s. 11.
Marginal note:Renewal of registration

 A registered person or entity shall renew their registration in the prescribed form and manner every two years or within any longer prescribed period.

  • 2006, c. 12, s. 11.
Marginal note:Cessation of activity

 When a registered person or entity ceases an activity for which they are registered, they shall notify the Centre in the prescribed form and manner within 30 days after the day on which they cease the activity.

  • 2006, c. 12, s. 11.

Review

Marginal note:Application for review by Director
  •  (1) Within 30 days after the day on which the person or entity receives a decision to deny their application or revoke their registration, the person or entity may apply in writing to the Director of the Centre for a review of the decision and may provide any information in support of their application for review.

  • Marginal note:Review by Director

    (2) The Director shall review the decision as soon as possible and shall take into consideration any information that the Director deems relevant.

  • Marginal note:Decision of Director

    (3) The Director may either confirm the decision or substitute his or her own decision, and shall, without delay, serve notice of the decision with reasons on the person or entity, together with notice of the right of appeal under subsection 11.4(1).

  • 2006, c. 12, s. 11.

Appeal to Federal Court

Marginal note:Appeal
  •  (1) A person or entity that applied for a review under subsection 11.3(1) may appeal the Director’s decision to the Federal Court within 30 days after the day on which the decision is served, or within any longer period that the Court allows.

  • Marginal note:Appeal

    (2) If the Director does not make a decision within 90 days after the day on which the Director received the application for review, the applicant may appeal to the Federal Court, within 30 days after the day on which the 90-day period expires, the decision to deny the application for registration or revoke the registration.

  • Marginal note:Precautions against disclosure

    (3) In an appeal, the Court shall take every reasonable precaution, including, when appropriate, conducting hearings in private, to avoid the disclosure by the Court or any person or entity of information referred to in subsection 55(1).

  • 2006, c. 12, s. 11.

PART 1.1Protection of Canada’s Financial System

Interpretation

Marginal note:Definitions

 The following definitions apply in this Part.

foreign entity

entité étrangère

foreign entity means an entity, other than an entity referred to in section 5, that is incorporated or formed by or under the laws of a country other than Canada, including its subsidiaries, if any, and that does not carry on business in Canada, if it carries out activities similar to those of entities referred to in any of paragraphs 5(a) to (g) or activities referred to in paragraph 5(h) or (h.1). (entité étrangère)

foreign state

État étranger

foreign state means a country other than Canada and includes any political subdivision or territory of a foreign state. (État étranger)

  • 2010, c. 12, s. 1869;
  • 2014, c. 20, s. 267.

Ministerial Directive

Marginal note:Minister’s written directive
  •  (1) In addition to any other measure required by this Act, the Minister may, by written directive, require any person or entity referred to in section 5 to take, in order to safeguard the integrity of Canada’s financial system, any measure specified in the directive with respect to any financial transaction, or any financial transaction within a class of financial transactions, originating from or bound for any foreign state or foreign entity, that occurs or is attempted in the course of their activities, or with respect to any activity that is related to any such financial transaction or class of financial transactions.

  • Marginal note:Measures

    (2) The measures specified in a directive may include provision for the following matters:

    • (a) the verification of the identity of any person or entity;

    • (b) the exercise of customer due diligence, including ascertaining the source of funds in any financial transaction, the purpose of any financial transaction or the beneficial ownership or control of any entity;

    • (c) the monitoring of any financial transaction or any account;

    • (d) the keeping and retention of any records;

    • (e) the reporting of any financial transaction to the Centre; and

    • (f) compliance with this Part and Part 1.

  • Marginal note:Non-application to legal counsel

    (2.1) A requirement in a directive to take a reporting measure as contemplated by paragraph (2)(e) does not apply to persons or entities referred to in paragraph 5(i) or (j) who are, as the case may be, legal counsel or legal firms, when they are providing legal services.

  • Marginal note:Director to communicate directive

    (3) The Minister may require the Director of the Centre to communicate a directive in accordance with the Minister’s instructions.

  • Marginal note:Relevant circumstances

    (4) Before issuing a directive, the Minister may take into account any circumstance that the Minister considers relevant. However, the Minister may only issue a directive if

    • (a) an international organization, body, association or coalition or a grouping of states (such as the Financial Action Task Force) of which Canada is a member has called on its members to take measures in relation to a foreign state or foreign entity on the ground that the state’s or entity’s anti-money laundering or anti-terrorist financing measures are ineffective or insufficient; or

    • (b) the anti-money laundering or anti-terrorist financing measures that a foreign state or a foreign entity has implemented are ineffective or insufficient and, as a result, the Minister is of the opinion that there could be an adverse impact on the integrity of the Canadian financial system or a reputational risk to that system.

  • Marginal note:Terms and conditions

    (5) The Minister may impose any terms and conditions in the directive that the Minister considers appropriate.

  • 2010, c. 12, s. 1869;
  • 2014, c. 20, s. 268.
 
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