Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46)

Act current to 2014-12-08 and last amended on 2014-12-06. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Taking ore for scientific purpose

 No person commits theft by reason only that he takes, for the purpose of exploration or scientific investigation, a specimen of ore or mineral from land that is not enclosed and is not occupied or worked as a mine, quarry or digging.

  • R.S., c. C-34, s. 293.
Marginal note:Motor vehicle theft
  •  (1) Everyone who commits theft is, if the property stolen is a motor vehicle, guilty of an offence and liable

    • (a) on proceedings by way of indictment, to imprisonment for a term of not more than 10 years, and to a minimum punishment of imprisonment for a term of six months in the case of a third or subsequent offence under this subsection; or

    • (b) on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term of not more than 18 months.

  • Marginal note:Subsequent offences

    (2) For the purpose of determining whether a convicted person has committed a third or subsequent offence, an offence for which the person was previously convicted is considered to be an earlier offence whether it was prosecuted by indictment or by way of summary conviction proceedings.

  • 2010, c. 14, s. 3.
Marginal note:Punishment for theft

 Except where otherwise provided by law, every one who commits theft

  • (a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, where the property stolen is a testamentary instrument or the value of what is stolen exceeds five thousand dollars; or

  • (b) is guilty

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

    • (ii) of an offence punishable on summary conviction,

    where the value of what is stolen does not exceed five thousand dollars.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 334;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 27 (1st Supp.), s. 43;
  • 1994, c. 44, s. 20.

Offences Resembling Theft

Marginal note:Taking motor vehicle or vessel or found therein without consent
  •  (1) Subject to subsection (1.1), every one who, without the consent of the owner, takes a motor vehicle or vessel with intent to drive, use, navigate or operate it or cause it to be driven, used, navigated or operated, or is an occupant of a motor vehicle or vessel knowing that it was taken without the consent of the owner, is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (1.1) Subsection (1) does not apply to an occupant of a motor vehicle or vessel who, on becoming aware that it was taken without the consent of the owner, attempted to leave the motor vehicle or vessel, to the extent that it was feasible to do so, or actually left the motor vehicle or vessel.

  • Definition of “vessel”

    (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), “vessel” has the meaning assigned by section 214.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 335;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 1 (4th Supp.), s. 15;
  • 1997, c. 18, s. 15.