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Statistics Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. S-19)

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Act current to 2021-05-04 and last amended on 2017-12-12. Previous Versions

Offences and Punishment (continued)

Marginal note:Refusal to grant access to records

 Every person is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than $1,000

  • (a) who, having the custody or charge of any documents or records that are maintained in any department or in any municipal office, corporation, business or organization, from which information sought in respect of the objects of this Act can be obtained or that would aid in the completion or correction of the information, refuses or neglects to grant access to the information to any person authorized for the purpose by the Chief Statistician, or

  • (b) who otherwise in any way wilfully obstructs or seeks to obstruct any person employed in the execution of any duty under this Act.

  • R.S., 1985, c. S-19, s. 32
  • 2017, c. 31, s. 16

Marginal note:No imprisonment

 Despite subsection 787(1) of the Criminal Code, no imprisonment may be imposed as punishment for a conviction under section 31 or 32.

  • 2017, c. 31, s. 17

Marginal note:Leaving notice at house

  •  (1) The leaving by an enumerator, agent or other person employed or deemed to be employed under this Act, or the delivery by the post office at any house, of any request for information purporting to be made under this Act that includes a notice requiring that the information be provided in the manner specified and within a stated time to Statistics Canada by the occupant of the house, or in their absence by some other member of the family, is, as against the occupant, a sufficient requirement to provide the information even if the occupant is not named in the notice nor personally served with it.

  • Marginal note:Leaving notice at office

    (2) The leaving by an enumerator, agent or other person employed or deemed to be employed under this Act at the office or other place of business of any person, or the delivery by the post office to any person or their agent, of any request for information purporting to be made under this Act that includes a notice requiring that the information be provided in the manner specified and within a stated time to Statistics Canada is, as against the person, a sufficient requirement to do so.

  • R.S., 1985, c. S-19, s. 33
  • 2017, c. 31, s. 17

Marginal note:Disclosing secret information

 Every person who, after taking the oath set out in subsection 6(1),

  • (a) wilfully discloses or divulges directly or indirectly to any person not entitled under this Act to receive the same any information obtained by him in the course of his employment that might exert an influence on or affect the market value of any stocks, bonds or other security or any product or article, or

  • (b) uses any information described in paragraph (a) for the purpose of speculating in any stocks, bonds or other security or any product or article

is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to both.

  • 1970-71-72, c. 15, s. 33

Marginal note:Personation of Statistics Canada employee

 Every person who

  • (a) personates an employee of Statistics Canada for the purpose of obtaining information from any person, or

  • (b) represents himself to be making an inquiry under the authority of this Act when the person is not an officer, employee or agent of Statistics Canada,

is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both.

  • 1970-71-72, c. 15, s. 34

Marginal note:Application of fines

 All fines imposed pursuant to this Act belong to Her Majesty in right of Canada and shall be paid to the Receiver General.

  • 1970-71-72, c. 15, s. 35

Marginal note:Limitation period

 Any proceedings by way of summary conviction in respect of an offence under this Act may be instituted at any time within but not later than two years after the time when the subject-matter of the proceedings arose.

  • 1970-71-72, c. 15, s. 36
 
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