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Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46)

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Act current to 2024-06-19 and last amended on 2024-01-14. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Identity fraud

  •  (1) Everyone commits an offence who fraudulently personates another person, living or dead,

    • (a) with intent to gain advantage for themselves or another person;

    • (b) with intent to obtain any property or an interest in any property;

    • (c) with intent to cause disadvantage to the person being personated or another person; or

    • (d) with intent to avoid arrest or prosecution or to obstruct, pervert or defeat the course of justice.

  • Marginal note:Clarification

    (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), personating a person includes pretending to be the person or using the person’s identity information — whether by itself or in combination with identity information pertaining to any person — as if it pertains to the person using it.

  • Marginal note:Punishment

    (3) Everyone who commits an offence under subsection (1)

    • (a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than 10 years; or

    • (b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 403
  • 1994, c. 44, s. 27
  • 2009, c. 28, s. 10

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