Ontario has signed off an agreement with several other provinces, designed to improve Ontario’s ability to seize assets in other provinces.
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:
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Nova Scotia
Money and property seized will be used to compensate victims of unlawful activity and to help police prevent future illegal actions.
- 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.