A Production Order is a judicial authorization that compels a person, including a organization, to disclose documents and records to an authorized peace officer.
Compared to Search Warrants
A production order cannot be used to circumvent standard search warrant to invade privacy of an accused.
Unlike warrants there is no need for the filing of a report to justice upon seizing records.
On March 9, 2015, Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act 2014, c. 31 (Bill C-13) came into force re-drafting the production order provisions. General production orders moved from 487.012 to 487.014, 487.013 to 487.018.
Section 487.012 and 487.013 (pre-2015) came into force September 15, 2004.
Types of Production Orders
- General Production Orders (487.014)
- Production Orders for Financial Data (487.018)
- Trace Specified Communications Production Orders (487.015)
- Transmission Data Production Orders (487.016)
- Production Orders for Tracking Data (487.017)
Production by Consent
Where documents are voluntarily and lawfully provided to a peace officer who is executing his duties, there is no need for a production order.
Section 25 protects those acting in authority from criminal liability.
A company that is subject to a production order will normally have to bear the costs involved with producing the records. 
The authorizing justice does not have power to order that the target of the production order be compensated for the cost associated with compliance.