Fines related to COVID-19 bylaws and emergency orders in these provinces: Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador,Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia,Manitoba,Nunavut are what you need to know right now so you don’t end up with a hole in your wallet.
Police officers in Canada and all over the province 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, Canadians 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 $2,000, or officers could also issue higher tickets (up to $5,000 upon conviction) that would be subject to the courts.
Police officers across Canada 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 $1750 to $100,000, including up to one year in jail.
The Police is also issuing fines to non-essential businesses that remain open despite provincial orders to shut down.
On April 1, Medical OfficerS of Health also issued new directives to Canadians under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
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.
The enforcement blitz comes as many were slow to follow social distancing recommendations in Canada , with hordes of people and families were congregating in parks as recently as last weekend.
But according to the City, people are finally getting with the program.
“Early reports from frontline enforcement staff are encouraging. Many people in city parks are practising physical distancing and only travelling in small groups from the same household”.
“In many instances, where enforcement officers have spoken to park goers, people have responded positively to education about public health recommendations and willingly adjusted their behaviour.”
Still, they said some problem locations persist. Yesterday, 311 received 141 complaints about gatherings and unsafe behaviour at parks.
Over the course of the day Saturday, bylaw officers and police spoke with 780 people to educate them on public health recommendations and closures and cautioned 373 others.
Police issued nine tickets total, while bylaw officers gave out one ticket related to park amenities and five to non-essential businesses that were operating in violation of provincial orders. Public Health also received 280 complaints related to non-essential businesses remaining open and issued two notices.