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News Release

Seizing Profits From Unlawful Activity Across Provinces

Ontario Removing Barriers To Seize Assets

May 13, 2011

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Ontario has signed the first inter-provincial agreement that will help in confiscating profits generated from unlawful activity outside of Ontario.

This agreement allows provinces to share relevant information to pursue property used and profits generated from unlawful activities even though the activity may have happened in another province.

Provinces signing the historic agreement are:

  • Ontario
  • British Columbia
  • Alberta
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • Saskatchewan.

Money and property seized will be used to compensate victims of unlawful activity and to help police prevent future illegal actions.

Quotes

“Illegal acts know no borders. I am committed to working with other provinces across Canada to help break down barriers that shelter wrongdoers from the consequences of their unlawful activities.”
— Chris Bentley, Attorney General

Quick Facts

  • Ontario’s civil forfeiture law — the Civil Remedies Act — enables the Attorney General to ask the civil court for an order to freeze, take possession of, and forfeit to the Crown property that is determined to be a proceed or an instrument of unlawful activity.
  • Since November 2003, $14.4 million has been forfeited to the Crown under provincial civil forfeiture law.
  • This agreement will ensure that privacy laws in each province are not used by people engaged in unlawful activities to hide their assets in another province.
  • The information and records exchanged between provinces will be for the sole purpose of civil forfeiture proceedings.

Learn More

Read the Civil Remedies Act.

Contacts

Nauman Khan
Minister's Office
416-326-1785

Brendan Crawley
Communications Branch
416-326-2210

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