Government of Canada / Gouvernement du Canada
Symbol of the Government of Canada


Fishing and Recreational Harbours Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. F-24)

Act current to 2020-12-28

Removal, Seizure, Detention and Sale (continued)

Marginal note:Application for order authorizing sale

  •  (1) The Minister may, before the expiration of twenty-one days from the day of the seizure of any vessel or goods under this Act, apply to any court of competent jurisdiction for an order authorizing the sale of the vessel or goods.

  • Marginal note:Redelivery on security

    (2) The court may order the redelivery of any vessel or goods seized under this Act to the person from whom the vessel or goods were seized or to any other person entitled to the possession thereof after security by bond, with two sureties, in such amount and form as is satisfactory to the Minister, is given to Her Majesty in right of Canada or after security of a cash deposit, in an amount satisfactory to the Minister, is given to Her Majesty in right of Canada.

  • Marginal note:Order of sale refused

    (3) Where, on the hearing of an application made under subsection (1), the court is not satisfied that the vessel or goods seized should be sold, it may order that the vessel or goods be returned or, if a sale or other disposition of the goods has been made pursuant to section 17, it may order that any proceeds thereof be remitted to the person from whom the vessel or goods were seized or to any other person entitled to the possession thereof.

  • Marginal note:Order of sale granted

    (4) Where, on the hearing of an application made under subsection (1), the court is satisfied that the vessel or goods seized should be sold, it may order the sale thereof and thereupon the Minister may sell the vessel or goods in such manner and for such price as the court determines is reasonable in the circumstances.

  • Marginal note:Proceeds of sale

    (5) Where the total amount realized from a sale made under subsection (4) or any other disposition made under section 17, or both, exceeds the amount payable for rates and charges under this Act together with all costs and reasonable expenses incurred in connection with the sale or other disposition and any removal, seizure or detention under this Act, the Minister shall remit the excess amount to the person then appearing to be entitled thereto.

  • Marginal note:Idem

    (6) Where it appears to the Minister that no person is entitled to the excess amount mentioned in subsection (5), that amount shall be paid to the Receiver General.

  • 1977-78, c. 30, s. 19

Offences and Punishment

Marginal note:Contravening section 12 or regulations

 Every person who contravenes section 12 or the regulations is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty-five thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both.

  • 1977-78, c. 30, s. 20

Marginal note:Officers, etc., of corporations

 Where a corporation commits an offence under this Act, any officer, director or agent of the corporation who directed, authorized, assented to, acquiesced in or participated in the commission of the offence is a party to and guilty of the offence and is liable on conviction to the punishment provided for the offence whether or not the corporation has been prosecuted or convicted.

  • 1977-78, c. 30, s. 21

Marginal note:Trial of offences

 A complaint or information in respect of an offence under this Act may be heard, tried or determined by a court if the accused is resident or carrying on business within the territorial jurisdiction of that court although the matter of the complaint or information did not arise in that territorial jurisdiction.

  • 1977-78, c. 30, s. 22

Marginal note:Offence by employee or agent

 In any prosecution for an offence under this Act, it is sufficient proof of the offence to establish that it was committed by an employee or agent of the accused whether or not the employee or agent is identified or has been prosecuted for the offence, unless the accused establishes that the offence was committed without the knowledge or consent of the accused and that the accused exercised all due diligence to prevent its commission.

  • 1977-78, c. 30, s. 23


Marginal note:Copies and extracts as evidence

  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), a copy or extract made by an enforcement officer pursuant to paragraph 11(b) and purporting to be certified under the signature of that enforcement officer as a true copy or extract is admissible in evidence in any prosecution for an offence under this Act without proof of the signature or official character of the person appearing to have signed the copy or extract and, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, has the same probative force as the original document would have if it had been proved in the ordinary way.

  • Marginal note:Attendance of enforcement officer

    (2) The party against whom any copy or extract is produced pursuant to subsection (1) may, with leave of the court, require the attendance of the enforcement officer for the purposes of cross-examination.

  • Marginal note:Notice

    (3) No copy or extract referred to in subsection (1) shall be admitted in evidence unless the party intending to produce it has given to the party against whom it is intended to be produced reasonable notice of that intention together with a duplicate of the copy or extract.

  • 1977-78, c. 30, s. 24

Payment of Fines

Marginal note:Regulations relating to offences

  •  (1) The Governor in Council may by regulation designate any offence under this Act or the regulations as an offence with respect to which

    • (a) notwithstanding the provisions of the Criminal Code, any person designated as an enforcement officer pursuant to section 10 may lay an information and issue and serve a summons by completing a ticket in the form prescribed by regulation, affixing that person’s signature thereto and delivering the ticket to the person alleged to have committed the offence specified therein at the time the offence is alleged to have been committed; or

    • (b) the summons may be served on an accused by mailing the summons to the accused at the latest known address of the accused.

  • Marginal note:Voluntary payment of fine

    (2) A regulation made under this section shall establish a procedure for voluntarily entering a plea of guilty and paying a fine in respect of each offence to which the regulation relates and shall fix the amount of the fine that may be so paid in respect of each such offence.

  • Marginal note:Fixing of fines

    (3) A fine fixed in respect of an offence by a regulation made under this section may be lower for a first offence than for any subsequent offence but in no case shall it be greater than fifty dollars.

  • 1977-78, c. 30, s. 25
  • 1984, c. 40, s. 79(F)

Inquiries into Accidents

Marginal note:Minister may direct inquiry

  •  (1) The Minister may direct an inquiry to be made, subject to the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act, whenever an accident or incident that results or is likely to result in death or injury to any person, damage to property or danger to the health or safety of the public has occurred at any scheduled harbour and authorize any qualified persons to conduct the inquiry.

  • Marginal note:Powers of persons conducting inquiries

    (2) Every person authorized by the Minister to conduct an inquiry under subsection (1) shall have all the powers of a commissioner appointed under Part I of the Inquiries Act.

  • (3) [Repealed, 1989, c. 3, s. 44]

  • R.S., 1985, c. F-24, s. 26
  • 1989, c. 3, s. 44

Officers and Employees

Marginal note:Appointment of officers or employees

 For the purposes of this Act, the Minister may appoint and fix the remuneration of such officers or employees as the Minister thinks proper for the operation, administration and management of any scheduled harbours, and the officers or employees so appointed shall perform such duties or functions as the Minister may direct or as may be prescribed by regulations made under this Act.

  • 1977-78, c. 30, s. 27
Date modified: