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Criminal Code

Version of section 179 from 2003-01-01 to 2019-06-20:

Marginal note:Vagrancy

  •  (1) Every one commits vagrancy who

    • (a) supports himself in whole or in part by gaming or crime and has no lawful profession or calling by which to maintain himself; or

    • (b) having at any time been convicted of an offence under section 151, 152 or 153, subsection 160(3) or 173(2) or section 271, 272 or 273, or of an offence under a provision referred to in paragraph (b) of the definition serious personal injury offence in section 687 of the Criminal Code, chapter C-34 of the Revised Statutes of Canada, 1970, as it read before January 4, 1983, is found loitering in or near a school ground, playground, public park or bathing area.

  • Marginal note:Punishment

    (2) Every one who commits vagrancy is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 179
  • R.S., 1985, c. 27 (1st Supp.), s. 22, c. 19 (3rd Supp.), s. 8

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