November 17, 2022
Amendments come into force that removes minimum jail sentences for various firearms, weapons and drug trafficking-related offences and expands conditional sentence eligibility to include most previously ineligible offences. It also introduced Part I.1 to the CDSA, which directs police and Crown to consider non-criminal options for all drug possession offences.
October 28, 2022
Supreme Court of Canada in R v Ndhlovu, 2022 SCC 38 (CanLII), per Karakatsanis and Martin JJ strikes down the provisions requiring offenders convicted of multiple sexual offences to be put on the sexual offender registry for life. The law violated s. 7 of the Charter for being "overbroad".
June 30, 2022
Supreme Court of Canada in R v JJ, 2022 SCC 28 (CanLII), per Wagner CJ and Moldaver J upholds the constitutionality of the statutory protections to complainants' personal information found in s. 278.92 to 278.94 of the Code.
June 23, 2022
Amendments coming into force rewriting s. 33.1 of the Code concerning the extreme intoxication defence for certain violent offences.
May 27, 2022
Supreme Court of Canada in R v Bissonnette, 2022 SCC 23 (CanLII), per Wagner CJ declares s. 745.51 of the Code unconstitutional, removing the statutory requirement that the periods of parole ineligibility for multiple murders be served consecutively.
May 13, 2022
Supreme Court of Canada in R v Sullivan, 2022 SCC 19, per Kasirer J declares s. 33.1 of the Code unconstitutional, removing the statutory prohibition against self-induced intoxication defences for certain offences.
January 16, 2022
Amendments creating a new offences relating to impeding health care services came into force.
January 7, 2022
Amendments creating new offences relating to conversion therapy came into force.
May 6, 2021
An amendment, adding s. 278.98 to the Criminal Code, came into force.
April 8, 2021
Feature Update: Look up offences quickly using the "Quick Access" link on the Navigation sidebar.
May 8, 2020
Feature Update: Quotations from most legislation now include an option to note up the provision on CanLII.
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