Provincial Offences are non-criminal or quasi-criminal laws in the Province of Ontario. The Provincial Offences Act (POA) is a provincial statute that sets out procedures for the prosecution of offences under other provincial statutes and regulations and municipal by-laws.

Some examples of Provincial Offence Notices are:

  • Highway Traffic Act – such as speeding, careless driving, or not wearing your seat belt
  • Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act – such as failing to surrender your insurance card, or possessing a fake or invalid insurance card
  • Environmental Protection Act – Penalties upon conviction for violations of the Environmental Protection Act, can be severe ranging upwards to $10,000,000 per charge
  • Liquor License Act – being intoxicated in a public place; selling alcohol to a minor or to a person who is intoxicated or selling alcohol without a license or selling alcohol with a suspended or revoked license
  • Trespass to Property Act – such as entering premises when entry is prohibited or failing to leave the premises after being directed to do so
  • City by-laws – such as infractions under noise, smoking, taxi and animal care by-laws

Enforcement agencies in Ontario who can issue you a Ticket or Summons are:

  • City By-law Enforcement
  • Public Health Officers
  • Municipal and Licensing and Standards Officers
  • City Fire Services
  • City Police Service
  • Ontario Provincial Police
  • Ministry of Transportation
  • Ministry of Environment
  • Ministry of Labour
  • Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Ministry of Health
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
  • Go Transit
  • T.T.C.

There are three different types of Provincial Offence Notices.

  • Part I notice is a ticket that is issued to an individual
  • Part II notice is a parking infraction
  • Part III notice is a summons.