Fines related to COVID-19 bylaws and emergency orders in Canada are what you need to know right now so you don’t end up with a hole in your wallet.
Police officers in Canada have been out in full force issuing warnings and fines to those breaking COVID-19 municipal bylaws and provincial orders.
There are different fines for different offences and if you’re planning to head out into society anytime soon, it’s important to know exactly what you’re allowed to be doing and what you can be fined for.
Firstly, people in Canada are required to follow the newly implemented social distancing bylaw signed and approved by Mayor John Tory last week.
The bylaw requires any two people who don’t live together to keep two metres of distance between them in a park or public square.
Anyone who fails to comply with the new bylaw can receive a maximum set fine of $3,000, or officers could also issue higher tickets (up to $6,000 upon conviction) that would be subject to the courts.
Police officers acrossCanada are also enforcing provincial orders banning organized social gatherings of more than five people as well as bans on using closed playgrounds and other parks amenities.
Under section 7.0.11. of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, fines for violating a provincial order can range from $1500 to $100,000, including up to one year in jail.
Provinces in Canada are also issuing fines to non-essential businesses that remain open despite provincials orders to shut down.
Dr. Eileen de Villa has ordered all individuals with COVID-19 who aren’t hospitalized, all individuals with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or who are waiting for their test results, and all individuals who have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or has the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 to self-isolate for 14 days.
“FAILURE to comply with this Order is an offence for which you may be liable, on conviction, to a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for every day or part of each day on which the offence occurs or continues,” the class order states.
Thankfully, people in Canada are still permitted to leave their houses for essential reasons, drive around and walk outside as long as they’re complying with the above-mentioned measures.
Police issued hundreds tickets , while bylaw officers gave out tickets related to park amenities and 20 to non-essential businesses that were operating in violation of provincial orders. Canada Public Health also received 280 complaints related to non-essential businesses remaining open and issued two notices.