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Witness Protection Program Act

Version of section 2 from 2014-11-01 to 2024-06-19:

Marginal note:Definitions

 In this Act,


Commissioner means the Commissioner of the Force; (commissaire)

designated program

designated program means a provincial or municipal program that is set out in the schedule; (programme désigné)

designated program protectee

designated program protectee means a person who is receiving protection under a designated program; (bénéficiaire d’un programme désigné)

federal security, defence or safety organization

federal security, defence or safety organization means a federal department, agency or service that has a mandate relating to national security, national defence or public safety matters; (organisation fédérale de sécurité ou de défense)


Force means the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; (Gendarmerie)


Minister means the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness; (ministre)


Program means the Witness Protection Program established by section 4; (programme)

protected person

protected person means a current or former protectee or a current or former designated program protectee; (personne protégée)


protectee means a person who is receiving protection under the Program; (bénéficiaire)


protection may include relocation, accommodation and change of identity as well as counselling and financial support for those or any other purposes in order to ensure the security of a person or to facilitate the person’s re-establishment or becoming self-sufficient; (protection)

protection agreement

protection agreement means an agreement referred to in paragraph 6(1)(c) that applies in respect of a protectee; (accord de protection)

provincial official

provincial official means, with respect to a designated program, the official designated under subsection 10.1(2) or (3); (fonctionnaire provincial)

substantial harm

substantial harm means any injury, whether physical or psychological, that interferes in a substantial way with a person’s health or well-being; (préjudice sérieux)


witness means

  • (a) a person who has given or has agreed to give information or evidence, or participates or has agreed to participate in a matter, relating to an inquiry or the investigation or prosecution of an offence and who may require protection because of risk to the security of the person arising in relation to the inquiry, investigation or prosecution,

  • (b) a person who has assisted or has agreed to assist a federal security, defence or safety organization and who may require protection because of a risk to his or her security arising in relation to the assistance, or

  • (c) a person who, because of their relationship to or association with a person referred to in paragraph (a) or (b), may also require protection for the reasons referred to in that paragraph. (témoin)

  • 1996, c. 15, s. 2
  • 2005, c. 10, s. 34
  • 2013, c. 29, s. 3

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