Anti-terrorism Act, 2015 (S.C. 2015, c. 20)

Assented to 2015-06-18

  •  (1) Subsection 810.01(1) of the Act is replaced by the following:

    Marginal note:Fear of certain offences
    • 810.01 (1) A person who fears on reasonable grounds that another person will commit an offence under section 423.1 or a criminal organization offence may, with the Attorney General’s consent, lay an information before a provincial court judge.

  • (2) Section 810.01 of the Act is amended by adding the following after subsection (7):

    • Definition of “Attorney General”

      (8) With respect to proceedings under this section, “Attorney General” means either the Attorney General of Canada or the Attorney General of the province in which those proceedings are taken and includes the lawful deputy of any of them.

  •  (1) The Act is amended by adding the following after section 810.01:

    Marginal note:Fear of terrorism offence
    • 810.011 (1) A person who fears on reasonable grounds that another person may commit a terrorism offence may, with the Attorney General’s consent, lay an information before a provincial court judge.

    • Marginal note:Appearances

      (2) The provincial court judge who receives an information under subsection (1) may cause the parties to appear before a provincial court judge.

    • Marginal note:Adjudication

      (3) If the provincial court judge before whom the parties appear is satisfied by the evidence adduced that the informant has reasonable grounds for the fear, the judge may order that the defendant enter into a recognizance, with or without sureties, to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for a period of not more than 12 months.

    • Marginal note:Duration extended

      (4) However, if the provincial court judge is also satisfied that the defendant was convicted previously of a terrorism offence, the judge may order that the defendant enter into the recognizance for a period of not more than five years.

    • Marginal note:Refusal to enter into recognizance

      (5) The provincial court judge may commit the defendant to prison for a term of not more than 12 months if the defendant fails or refuses to enter into the recognizance.

    • Marginal note:Conditions in recognizance

      (6) The provincial court judge may add any reasonable conditions to the recognizance that the judge considers desirable to secure the good conduct of the defendant, including conditions that require the defendant

      • (a) to participate in a treatment program;

      • (b) to wear an electronic monitoring device, if the Attorney General makes that request;

      • (c) to return to and remain at their place of residence at specified times; or

      • (d) to abstain from the consumption of drugs, except in accordance with a medical prescription, of alcohol or of any other intoxicating substance.

    • Marginal note:Conditions — firearms

      (7) The provincial court judge shall consider whether it is desirable, in the interests of the defendant’s safety or that of any other person, to prohibit the defendant from possessing any firearm, cross-bow, prohibited weapon, restricted weapon, prohibited device, ammunition, prohibited ammunition or explosive substance, or all of those things. If the judge decides that it is desirable to do so, the judge shall add that condition to the recognizance and specify the period during which it applies.

    • Marginal note:Surrender, etc.

      (8) If the provincial court judge adds a condition described in subsection (7) to a recognizance, the judge shall specify in the recognizance how the things referred to in that subsection that are in the defendant’s possession shall be surrendered, disposed of, detained, stored or dealt with and how the authorizations, licences and registration certificates that are held by the defendant shall be surrendered.

    • Marginal note:Condition — passport

      (9) The provincial court judge shall consider whether it is desirable, to secure the good conduct of the defendant, to include in the recognizance a condition that the defendant deposit, in the specified manner, any passport or other travel document issued in their name that is in their possession or control. If the judge decides that it is desirable, the judge shall add the condition to the recognizance and specify the period during which it applies.

    • Marginal note:Condition — specified geographic area

      (10) The provincial court judge shall consider whether it is desirable, to secure the good conduct of the defendant, to include in the recognizance a condition that the defendant remain within a specified geographic area unless written permission to leave that area is obtained from the judge or any individual designated by the judge. If the judge decides that it is desirable, the judge shall add the condition to the recognizance and specify the period during which it applies.

    • Marginal note:Reasons

      (11) If the provincial court judge does not add a condition described in subsection (7), (9) or (10) to a recognizance, the judge shall include in the record a statement of the reasons for not adding it.

    • Marginal note:Variance of conditions

      (12) A provincial court judge may, on application of the informant, the Attorney General or the defendant, vary the conditions fixed in the recognizance.

    • Marginal note:Other provisions to apply

      (13) Subsections 810(4) and (5) apply, with any modifications that the circumstances require, to recognizances made under this section.

    • Definition of “Attorney General”

      (14) With respect to proceedings under this section, “Attorney General” means either the Attorney General of Canada or the Attorney General of the province in which those proceedings are taken and includes the lawful deputy of any of them.

  • (2) Subsection 810.011(6) of the Act is amended by striking out “or” at the end of paragraph (c) and by adding the following after paragraph (d):

    • (e) to provide, for the purpose of analysis, a sample of a bodily substance prescribed by regulation on the demand of a peace officer, a probation officer or someone designated under paragraph 810.3(2)(a) to make a demand, at the place and time and on the day specified by the person making the demand, if that person has reasonable grounds to believe that the defendant has breached a condition of the recognizance that requires them to abstain from the consumption of drugs, alcohol or any other intoxicating substance; or

    • (f) to provide, for the purpose of analysis, a sample of a bodily substance prescribed by regulation at regular intervals that are specified, in a notice in Form 51 served on the defendant, by a probation officer or a person designated under paragraph 810.3(2)(b) to specify them, if a condition of the recognizance requires the defendant to abstain from the consumption of drugs, alcohol or any other intoxicating substance.

 The Act is amended by adding the following after section 810.2:

Marginal note:Video conference

810.21 If a defendant is required to appear under any of sections 83.3 and 810 to 810.2, a provincial court judge may, on application of the prosecutor, order that the defendant appear by video conference if the judge is satisfied that it would serve the proper administration of justice, including by ensuring a fair and efficient hearing and enhancing access to justice.

Marginal note:Transfer of order
  • 810.22 (1) If a person who is bound by an order under any of sections 83.3 and 810 to 810.2 becomes a resident of — or is charged with, convicted of or discharged under section 730 of an offence, including an offence under section 811, in — a territorial division other than the territorial division in which the order was made, on application of a peace officer or the Attorney General, a provincial court judge may, subject to subsection (2), transfer the order to a provincial court judge in that other territorial division and the order may then be dealt with and enforced by the provincial court judge to whom it is transferred in all respects as if that provincial court judge had made the order.

  • Marginal note:Attorney General’s consent

    (2) The transfer may be granted only with

    • (a) the consent of the Attorney General of the province in which the order was made, if the two territorial divisions are not in the same province; or

    • (b) the consent of the Attorney General of Canada, if the information that led to the issuance of the order was laid with the consent of the Attorney General of Canada.

  • Marginal note:If judge unable to act

    (3) If the judge who made the order or a judge to whom an order has been transferred is for any reason unable to act, the powers of that judge in relation to the order may be exercised by any other judge of the same court.

  •  (1) The portion of section 811 of the Act before paragraph (a) is replaced by the following:

    Marginal note:Breach of recognizance

    811. A person bound by a recognizance under any of sections 83.3 and 810 to 810.2 who commits a breach of the recognizance is guilty of

  • (2) Paragraphs 811(a) and (b) of the Act are replaced by the following:

    • (a) an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than four years; or

    • (b) an offence punishable on summary conviction and is liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than 18 months.

Transitional Provision

Marginal note:Information — terrorism offence

 If an information has been laid under subsection 810.01(1) of the Criminal Code before the day on which this section comes into force by a person who fears on reasonable grounds that another person will commit a terrorism offence and a provincial court judge has not made a final determination with respect to the information, the information is deemed, on that day, to have been laid under subsection 810.011(1) of that Act.

Consequential Amendments

R.S., c. P-20Prisons and Reformatories Act

 The portion of the definition “prisoner” in subsection 2(1) of the Prisons and Reformatories Act after paragraph (b) is replaced by the following:

who is confined in a prison pursuant to a sentence for an offence under a provision of an Act of Parliament or any of its regulations, or pursuant to a committal for failure or refusal to enter into a recognizance under any of sections 83.3 and 810 to 810.2 of the Criminal Code;

1992, c. 20Corrections and Conditional Release Act

 Section 1 of Schedule I to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act is amended by adding the following after paragraph (a.91):

  • (a.92) subsection 83.221(1) (advocating or promoting commission of terrorism offences);

 
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