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Canada Small Business Financing Act (S.C. 1998, c. 36)

Act current to 2022-11-16 and last amended on 2022-07-04. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Offence

  •  (1) Every person commits an offence who, in respect of a loan,

    • (a) knowingly makes any false statement or misrepresentation in an application, report or other document or wilfully furnishes any false or misleading information;

    • (b) being a borrower, without the consent of the lender and with fraudulent intent, disposes of any assets taken as security for the loan where the disposition is not permitted by the regulations; or

    • (c) being a borrower, uses the proceeds of the loan, with fraudulent intent, for a purpose that does not fall within the scope of any prescribed class of loans.

  • Marginal note:Punishment

    (2) Every person who commits an offence under subsection (1)

    • (a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to a fine not exceeding $500,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years, or to both; or

    • (b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding $50,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both.

  • Marginal note:Limitation period

    (3) Any proceedings by way of summary conviction in respect of an offence under subsection (1) may be instituted at any time within but not later than three years after the time when the subject-matter of the proceedings arose.

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