Justice and Public Safety
Service NL
September 18, 2018

Newfoundland and Labrador Enacts New Contraventions Regime

Enforcement officers in Newfoundland and Labrador now have the authority to issue tickets for federal regulatory offences under the Contraventions Act. The new regime removes the requirement for offenders to appear in court in cases which are not contested, leading to improved efficiencies and cost savings in Newfoundland and Labrador’s court system.

Through an agreement with the Governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada, the Contraventions Regime pursues three objectives, which are to decriminalize minor statutory offences, to remove uncontested cases from the courts, and to improve the enforcement of penalties. The agreement also stipulates the process for the sharing of fine revenues between both governments. The Provincial Government received $900,000 in funding from the Federal Government to enact the Contraventions Regime and make the necessary changes and modifications required for ticketing and enforcement.

The Contraventions Act designates federal statutory offences as “contraventions”, so that they may be processed using a ticketing system as opposed to the summary conviction process set out in the Criminal Code of Canada. Prosecutions for contraventions offences will respect language rights, providing offenders with services in both English and French.

The Contraventions Act applies to various offences under federal legislation, such as some fisheries offences, environmental offences and offences that occur under National Parks legislation. A list of federal statutes and regulations included in the Contraventions Regulations applicable to Newfoundland and Labrador can be found in the backgrounder below.

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“With this funding from the Federal Government, our province can provide better access to justice while reducing the burden on the court system. We continuously look at ways to make our justice system more effective and the new Contraventions Regime will contribute to this.”
Honourable Andrew Parsons
Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General

“Our government has worked hard to be more inclusive, and we have seen results through the addition of French content on the Provincial Government website. As Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, I am pleased that today’s announcement builds on this, and recognizes our Francophone and Acadian communities across Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs

Terre Neuve et Labrador adopte un nouveau Régime des contraventions

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BACKGROUNDER

Federal Acts and Regulations applicable to Newfoundland and Labrador under the Contraventions Regulations

CANADA MARINE ACT (S.C. 1998, c. 10)

 

Seaway Property Regulations

CANADA NATIONAL PARKS ACT (S.C. 2000, c. 32)

 

National Historic Parks General Regulations

National Historic Parks Wildlife and Domestic Animals Regulations

National Parks of Canada Aircraft Access Regulations

National Parks of Canada Camping Regulations

National Parks of Canada Domestic Animals Regulations

National Parks of Canada Fire Protection Regulations

National Parks of Canada Fishing Regulations

National Parks of Canada Garbage Regulations

National Parks General Regulations

National Parks Highway Traffic Regulations

National Parks Wildlife Regulations

CANADA SHIPPING ACT (S.C 2001, c. 26)

 

Canada Shipping Act, 2001

Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations

Private Buoy Regulations

Small Vessels Regulations

Collision Regulations

Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations

CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT (R.S.C. 1999, c.33)

 

Canadian Environmental Protection Act

 

Asbestos Mines and Mills Release Regulations

 

Benzene in Gasoline Regulations

Ozone-Depleting Substance Regulations, 1998

Pulp and Paper Mill Defoamer and Wood Chip Regulations

Pulp and Paper Mill Effluent Chlorinated Dioxins and Furans Regulations

Secondary Lead Smelter Release Regulations

Contaminated Fuel Regulations

Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations

 

Solvent Degreasing Regulations

 

Environmental Emergency Regulations

 

2-Butoxyethanol Regulations

 

Perfluorooctane Sulfonate and its Salts and Certain Other Compounds Regulations

 

PCB Regulations

 

Chromium Electroplating, Chromium Anodizing and Reverse Etching Regulations

 

Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Automotive Refinishing Products Regulations

 

Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Architectural Coatings Regulations

GOVERNMENT PROPERTY TRAFFIC ACT (R.S.C. 1985, c. G-6)

 

 

Airport Traffic Regulations

 

Government Property Traffic Regulations

 

Traffic on the Land Side of Airports Regulations

 

MIGRATORY BIRDS CONVENTION ACT (S.C. 1994, C. 22)

 

Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994

Migratory Birds Regulations

Migratory Birds Sanctuary Regulations

WILD ANIMAL AND PLANT PROTECTION AND REGULATION OF INTERNATIONAL AND INTERPROVINCIAL TRADE ACT (S.C., 1992, c. 52)

 

Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act

Wild Animal and Plant Trade Regulations

NATIONAL DEFENCE ACT (R.S.C., 1985, c. N-5)

 

National Defence Act

Defence Controlled Access Area Regulations

NON-SMOKERS’ HEALTH ACT (R.S., 1985, c. 15 (4th Supp.))

 

Non-Smokers’ Health Act

RADIOCOMMUNICATION ACT, (R.S.C.1985, c. R-2)

 

Radiocommunication Act

Radiocommunication Regulations

RAILWAY SAFETY ACT (R.S. 1985, c. 32 (4th Supp.))

 

Railway Safety Act

MOTOR VEHICLE TRANSPORT ACT (R.S.C., 1985, c. 29 (3rd Supp.))

 

Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulation, 1994.

NAVIGATION PROTECTION ACT (R.S.C. 1985, c. N-22)

 

Navigation Protection Act

TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT (S.C. 1993, c. 38)

 

Telecommunication Act

TOBACCO AND VAPING PRODUCTS ACT (S.C. 1997, c. 13)

 

Tobacco and Vaping Products Act

TRANSPORTATION OF DANGEROUS GOODS ACT (S.C. 1992, c. 34)

 

Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act

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