Provincial Offences

Provincial offences are “regulatory” offences. These offences are not considered to be  criminal in nature and even if convicted the conviction does not result in criminal record.

All provincial offence matters as well as contraventions of municipal by-laws are being heard in the Ontario Court of Justice.  Examples of such matters include Highway Traffic Act charges such as speeding or careless driving; municipal by-law charges relating to excessive noise, animal control, or garbage disposal; and charges laid under provincial legislation such as the Environmental Protection Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Dog Owners’ Liability Act , Liquor Licence Act, Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act or the Trespass to Property Act.