Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46)

Act current to 2014-08-05 and last amended on 2014-07-11. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Exemption — lottery scheme on an international cruise ship
  •  (1) Despite any of the provisions of this Part relating to gaming and betting, it is lawful for the owner or operator of an international cruise ship, or their agent, to conduct, manage or operate and for any person to participate in a lottery scheme during a voyage on an international cruise ship when all of the following conditions are satisfied:

    • (a) all the people participating in the lottery scheme are located on the ship;

    • (b) the lottery scheme is not linked, by any means of communication, with any lottery scheme, betting, pool selling or pool system of betting located off the ship;

    • (c) the lottery scheme is not operated within five nautical miles of a Canadian port at which the ship calls or is scheduled to call; and

    • (d) the ship is registered

      • (i) in Canada and its entire voyage is scheduled to be outside Canada, or

      • (ii) anywhere, including Canada, and its voyage includes some scheduled voyaging within Canada and the voyage

        • (A) is of at least forty-eight hours duration and includes some voyaging in international waters and at least one non-Canadian port of call including the port at which the voyage begins or ends, and

        • (B) is not scheduled to disembark any passengers at a Canadian port who have embarked at another Canadian port, without calling on at least one non-Canadian port between the two Canadian ports.

  • Marginal note:Paragraph 207(1)(h) and subsection 207(5) apply

    (2) For greater certainty, paragraph 207(1)(h) and subsection 207(5) apply for the purposes of this section.

  • Marginal note:Offence

    (3) Every one who, for the purpose of a lottery scheme, does anything that is not authorized by this section

    • (a) in the case of the conduct, management or operation of the lottery scheme,

      • (i) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than two years, or

      • (ii) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction; and

    • (b) in the case of participating in the lottery scheme, is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  • Marginal note:Definitions

    (4) The definitions in this subsection apply in this section.

    “international cruise ship”

    « navire de croisière internationale »

    “international cruise ship” means a passenger ship that is suitable for continuous ocean voyages of at least forty-eight hours duration, but does not include such a ship that is used or fitted for the primary purpose of transporting cargo or vehicles.

    “lottery scheme”

    « loterie »

    “lottery scheme” means a game or any proposal, scheme, plan, means, device, contrivance or operation described in any of paragraphs 206(1)(a) to (g), whether or not it involves betting, pool selling or a pool system of betting. It does not include

    • (a) three-card monte, punch board or coin table; or

    • (b) bookmaking, pool selling or the making or recording of bets, including bets made through the agency of a pool or pari-mutuel system, on any race or fight, or on a single sporting event or athletic contest.

  • 1999, c. 5, s. 7.