Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46)

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Act current to 2019-02-28 and last amended on 2018-12-18. Previous Versions

PART XFraudulent Transactions Relating to Contracts and Trade (continued)

Breach of Contract, Intimidation and Discrimination Against Trade Unionists (continued)

Marginal note:Intimidation

  •  (1) Every one is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years or is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction who, wrongfully and without lawful authority, for the purpose of compelling another person to abstain from doing anything that he or she has a lawful right to do, or to do anything that he or she has a lawful right to abstain from doing,

    • (a) uses violence or threats of violence to that person or his or her spouse or common-law partner or children, or injures his or her property;

    • (b) intimidates or attempts to intimidate that person or a relative of that person by threats that, in Canada or elsewhere, violence or other injury will be done to or punishment inflicted on him or her or a relative of his or hers, or that the property of any of them will be damaged;

    • (c) persistently follows that person;

    • (d) hides any tools, clothes or other property owned or used by that person, or deprives him or her of them or hinders him or her in the use of them;

    • (e) with one or more other persons, follows that person, in a disorderly manner, on a highway;

    • (f) besets or watches the place where that person resides, works, carries on business or happens to be; or

    • (g) blocks or obstructs a highway.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (2) A person who attends at or near or approaches a dwelling-house or place, for the purpose only of obtaining or communicating information, does not watch or beset within the meaning of this section.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 423;
  • 2000, c. 12, s. 95;
  • 2001, c. 32, s. 10.

Marginal note:Intimidation of a justice system participant or a journalist

  •  (1) No person shall, without lawful authority, engage in any conduct with the intent to provoke a state of fear in

    • (a) a group of persons or the general public in order to impede the administration of criminal justice;

    • (b) a justice system participant in order to impede him or her in the performance of his or her duties; or

    • (c) a journalist in order to impede him or her in the transmission to the public of information in relation to a criminal organization.

  • (2) [Repealed, 2015, c. 13, s. 12]

  • Marginal note:Punishment

    (3) Every person who contravenes this section is guilty of an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than fourteen years.

  • 2001, c. 32, s. 11;
  • 2015, c. 13, s. 12.

Marginal note:Threat against internationally protected person

 Every one who threatens to commit an offence under section 235, 236, 266, 267, 268, 269, 269.1, 271, 272, 273, 279 or 279.1 against an internationally protected person or who threatens to commit an offence under section 431 is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 424;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 27 (1st Supp.), s. 55;
  • 2001, c. 41, s. 11.

Marginal note:Threat against United Nations or associated personnel

 Every one who, with intent to compel any person, group of persons, state or any international or intergovernmental organization to do or refrain from doing any act, threatens to commit an offence under section 235, 236, 266, 267, 268, 269, 269.1, 271, 272, 273, 279 or 279.1 against a member of United Nations personnel or associated personnel or threatens to commit an offence under section 431.1 is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than ten years.

  • 2001, c. 41, s. 11.

Marginal note:Offences by employers

 Every one who, being an employer or the agent of an employer, wrongfully and without lawful authority

  • (a) refuses to employ or dismisses from his employment any person for the reason only that the person is a member of a lawful trade union or of a lawful association or combination of workmen or employees formed for the purpose of advancing, in a lawful manner, their interests and organized for their protection in the regulation of wages and conditions of work,

  • (b) seeks by intimidation, threat of loss of position or employment, or by causing actual loss of position or employment, or by threatening or imposing any pecuniary penalty, to compel workmen or employees to abstain from belonging to any trade union, association or combination to which they have a lawful right to belong, or

  • (c) conspires, combines, agrees or arranges with any other employer or his agent to do anything mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b),

is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  • R.S., c. C-34, s. 382.

Marginal note:Threats and retaliation against employees

  •  (1) No employer or person acting on behalf of an employer or in a position of authority in respect of an employee of the employer shall take a disciplinary measure against, demote, terminate or otherwise adversely affect the employment of such an employee, or threaten to do so,

    • (a) with the intent to compel the employee to abstain from providing information to a person whose duties include the enforcement of federal or provincial law, respecting an offence that the employee believes has been or is being committed contrary to this or any other federal or provincial Act or regulation by the employer or an officer or employee of the employer or, if the employer is a corporation, by one or more of its directors; or

    • (b) with the intent to retaliate against the employee because the employee has provided information referred to in paragraph (a) to a person whose duties include the enforcement of federal or provincial law.

  • Marginal note:Punishment

    (2) Any one who contravenes subsection (1) is guilty of

    • (a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years; or

    • (b) an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  • 2004, c. 3, s. 6.

Secret Commissions

Marginal note:Secret commissions

  •  (1) Every one commits an offence who

    • (a) directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or agrees to give or offer to an agent or to anyone for the benefit of the agent — or, being an agent, directly or indirectly, corruptly demands, accepts or offers or agrees to accept from any person, for themselves or another person — any reward, advantage or benefit of any kind as consideration for doing or not doing, or for having done or not done, any act relating to the affairs or business of the agent’s principal, or for showing or not showing favour or disfavour to any person with relation to the affairs or business of the agent’s principal; or

    • (b) with intent to deceive a principal, gives to an agent of that principal, or, being an agent, uses with intent to deceive his principal, a receipt, an account or other writing

      • (i) in which the principal has an interest,

      • (ii) that contains any statement that is false or erroneous or defective in any material particular, and

      • (iii) that is intended to mislead the principal.

  • Marginal note:Privity to offence

    (2) Every one commits an offence who is knowingly privy to the commission of an offence under subsection (1).

  • Marginal note:Punishment

    (3) A person who commits an offence under this section is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years.

  • Definition of agent and principal

    (4) In this section, agent includes an employee, and principal includes an employer.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 426;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 27 (1st Supp.), s. 56;
  • 2007, c. 13, s. 7.

 [Repealed, 2018, c. 29, s. 50]

PART XIWilful and Forbidden Acts in Respect of Certain Property

Interpretation

Definition of property

 In this Part, property means real or personal corporeal property.

  • R.S., c. C-34, s. 385.

Marginal note:Wilfully causing event to occur

  •  (1) Every one who causes the occurrence of an event by doing an act or by omitting to do an act that it is his duty to do, knowing that the act or omission will probably cause the occurrence of the event and being reckless whether the event occurs or not, shall be deemed, for the purposes of this Part, wilfully to have caused the occurrence of the event.

  • Marginal note:Colour of right

    (2) A person shall not be convicted of an offence under sections 430 to 446 if they act with legal justification or excuse or colour of right.

  • Marginal note:Interest

    (3) Where it is an offence to destroy or to damage anything,

    • (a) the fact that a person has a partial interest in what is destroyed or damaged does not prevent him from being guilty of the offence if he caused the destruction or damage; and

    • (b) the fact that a person has a total interest in what is destroyed or damaged does not prevent him from being guilty of the offence if he caused the destruction or damage with intent to defraud.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 429;
  • 2018, c. 29, s. 51.
 
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