Telecommunications Act (S.C. 1993, c. 38)

Act current to 2017-12-11 and last amended on 2015-09-30. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Time limit or prescription
  •  (1) A proceeding in respect of a violation may not be commenced later than three years after the day on which the subject-matter of the proceedings becomes known to the Commission.

  • Marginal note:Certificate of secretary to Commission

    (2) A document appearing to have been issued by the secretary to the Commission, certifying the day on which the subject-matter of any proceedings became known to the Commission, is admissible in evidence without proof of the signature or official character of the person appearing to have signed the document and is, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, proof of the matter asserted in it.

  • 2014, c. 39, s. 201.
Marginal note:Publication

 The Commission may make public

  • (a) the name of a person who enters into an undertaking, the nature of the undertaking including the acts or omissions, the provisions or the decisions at issue, the conditions included in the undertaking and, if applicable, the amount of the penalty; and

  • (b) the name of a person who committed the violation, the nature of the violation including the acts or omissions and provisions or decisions at issue and the amount of the penalty.

  • 2014, c. 39, s. 201.
Marginal note:Regulations

 The Governor in Council may make regulations

  • (a) exempting from the application of section 72.001 any provision of this Act or the regulations or any decision;

  • (b) for the purpose of paragraph 72.002(1)(e), establishing other factors to be considered in determining the amount of the penalty; and

  • (c) respecting undertakings entered into under subsection 72.006(1).

  • 2014, c. 39, s. 201.

Administrative Monetary Penalties Scheme for Unsolicited Telecommunications

Marginal note:Commission of violation

 Every contravention of a prohibition or requirement of the Commission under section 41 and every contravention of any provision of Division 1.1 of Part 16.1 of the Canada Elections Act constitutes a violation and the person who commits the violation is liable

  • (a) in the case of an individual, to an administrative monetary penalty of up to $1,500; or

  • (b) in the case of a corporation, to an administrative monetary penalty of up to $15,000.

  • 2005, c. 50, s. 2;
  • 2014, c. 12, s. 138.

 [Repealed, 2014, c. 39, s. 203]

Marginal note:Continuing violation

 A violation that is continued on more than one day constitutes a separate violation in respect of each day during which it is continued.

  • 2005, c. 50, s. 2.
Marginal note:Power of Commission re notices of violation
  •  (1) The Commission may

    • (a) designate persons, or classes of persons, who are authorized to issue notices of violation; and

    • (b) establish, in respect of each violation, a short-form description to be used in notices of violation.

  • Marginal note:Certificate

    (2) A person designated under paragraph (1)(a) shall be provided with a certificate of designation, which certificate must be presented at the request of any person appearing to be in charge of any place entered by the designated person.

  • 2005, c. 50, s. 2.

 [Repealed, 2014, c. 39, s. 204]

 [Repealed, 2014, c. 39, s. 204]

Marginal note:Notice of violation
  •  (1) A person authorized to issue notices of violation who believes on reasonable grounds that a person has committed a violation may issue, and shall cause to be served on that person, a notice of violation.

  • Marginal note:Contents of notice

    (2) The notice of violation must name the person believed to have committed a violation, identify the violation and set out

    • (a) the penalty for the violation as set out in section 72.01;

    • (b) the right of the person, within 30 days after the notice is served, or within any longer period that the Commission specifies, to pay the penalty or to make representations to the Commission with respect to the violation, and the manner for doing so; and

    • (c) the fact that, if the person does not pay the penalty or make representations in accordance with the notice, the person will be deemed to have committed the violation and the Commission may impose the penalty.

  • 2005, c. 50, s. 2.
Marginal note:Payment
  •  (1) If the person pays the penalty set out in the notice of violation, the person is deemed to have committed the violation and proceedings in respect of it are ended.

  • Marginal note:Representations to Commission

    (2) If the person makes representations in accordance with the notice, the Commission must decide, on a balance of probabilities, whether the person committed the violation and, if it so decides, it may impose the penalty.

  • Marginal note:Failure to pay or make representations

    (3) A person who neither pays the penalty nor makes representations in accordance with the notice is deemed to have committed the violation and the Commission may impose the penalty.

  • Marginal note:Copy of decision and notice of rights

    (4) The Commission must cause a copy of any decision made under subsection (2) or (3) to be issued and served on the person together with a notice of the person’s right to apply for a review under section 62 or for leave to appeal under section 64.

  • 2005, c. 50, s. 2;
  • 2014, c. 39, s. 205.
Marginal note:Debts to Her Majesty
  •  (1) An administrative monetary penalty constitutes a debt due to Her Majesty in right of Canada that may be recovered as such in the Federal Court.

  • Marginal note:Time limit

    (2) No proceedings to recover a debt referred to in subsection (1) may be commenced later than five years after the debt became payable.

  • Marginal note:Proceeds payable to Receiver General

    (3) An administrative monetary penalty paid or recovered in relation to a violation is payable to and shall be remitted to the Receiver General.

  • Marginal note:Certificate of default

    (4) The unpaid amount of any debt referred to in subsection (1) may be certified by the Commission.

  • Marginal note:Registration in Federal Court

    (5) Registration in the Federal Court of a certificate made under subsection (4) has the same effect as a judgment of that Court for a debt of the amount specified in the certificate and all related registration costs.

  • 2005, c. 50, s. 2.

 [Repealed, 2014, c. 39, s. 206]

 [Repealed, 2014, c. 39, s. 206]

Marginal note:Time limit
  •  (1) No proceedings in respect of a violation may be commenced later than two years after the day on which the subject-matter of the proceedings became known to the Commission.

  • Marginal note:Certificate of secretary to the Commission

    (2) A document appearing to have been issued by the secretary to the Commission, certifying the day on which the subject-matter of any proceedings became known to the Commission, is admissible in evidence without proof of the signature or official character of the person appearing to have signed the document and is, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, proof of the matter asserted in it.

  • 2005, c. 50, s. 2.
Marginal note:Publication

 The Commission may make public the nature of a violation, the name of the person who committed it, and the amount of the administrative monetary penalty.

  • 2005, c. 50, s. 2.
 
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