|s. 213 of the Crim. Code|
|Election / Plea|
summary proceedings must initiate within 12 months of the offence (786(2))
|Jurisdiction||Prov. Court only|
|Avail. Disp.||Discharge (730)|
Conditional Sentence (742.1)
|Maximum||2 years less a day jail and/or a $5,000 fine (from Sept 19, 2019)|
- 1 Overview
- 2 Offence Wording
- 3 Proof of the Offence
- 4 Interpretation of the Offence
- 5 Participation of Third Parties
- 6 Sentencing Principles and Ranges
- 7 Ancillary Sentencing Orders
- 8 Record Suspensions and Pardons
- 9 History
- 10 See Also
Offences relating to solicitation are found in Part VII of the Criminal Code relating to "Disorderly Houses, Gaming and Betting".
|Crown Election||Defence Election|
|s. 213(1) [sex work impeding traffic]||Summary Offence(s)|
|s. 213(1.1) [sex work near children]||Summary Offence(s)|
Offences under s. 213(1) [sex work impeding traffic] and s. 213(1.1) [sex work near children] are straight summary conviction offence. The trial must be held in provincial court.
by Peace Officer
by Judge or Justice
s. 508(1), 512(1), or 788
s. 498, 499, and 501
a Judge or Justice
on a Release Order
s. 515 to 519
|Direct to Attend |
for Fingerprints, etc.
Identification of Criminals Act
s. 2 ID Crim. Act
|s. 213(1) [sex work impeding traffic] or
s. 213(1.1) [sex work near children]
When charged under s. 213(1) [sex work impeding traffic] or s. 213(1.1) [sex work near children] , the accused can be given an appearance notice without arrest under s. 497 or a summons. If arrested, he can be released by the arresting officer under s. 498 or 499 on an undertaking with or without conditions. He can also be released by a justice under s. 515.
- Publication Bans
For all criminal or regulatory prosecutions, there is a discretionary general publication ban available on application of the Crown, victim or witness to prohibit the publishing of "any information that could identify the victim or witness" under s. 486.5(1) where it is "necessary" for the "proper administration of justice". Other available publication bans include prohibitions for publishing evidence or other information arising from a bail hearing (s. 517), preliminary inquiry (s. 539) or jury trial (s. 648). There is a mandatory publication ban in all youth prosecutions on information tending to identify young accused under s. 110 of the YCJA or young victims under s. 111 of the YCJA.
Section s. 213(1) [sex work impeding traffic] or s. 213(1.1) [sex work near children] offences permit a judge to order a discretionary publication ban for sexual offences under s. 486.4 that protects "information that could identify the victim or a witness". Where the witness is under the age of 18 or if in relation to a victim, the order is mandatory under s. 486.4(2).
- Offence Designations
|AG Consent Required||Serious Criminality|
s. 36 IRPA
|s. 213(1) [sex work impeding traffic] or s. 213(1.1) [sex work near children]|
See below in Ancillary Sentencing Orders for details on designations relating to sentencing orders.
Under the header of "Offences in Relation to Offering, Providing or Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration", s. 213 states:
Draft Form of Charges
|"THAT [accused full name] stands charged that, between the <DATE> day of <MONTH>, <YEAR> and <DATE> day of <MONTH>, <YEAR>***, at or near <COMMUNITY/TOWN/CITY>, <PROVINCE>, he [or she]..." OR|
|"THAT [accused full name] stands charged that, on or about the <DATE> day of <MONTH>, <YEAR>, at or near <COMMUNITY/TOWN/CITY>, <PROVINCE>, he [or she]..." OR|
|"AND FURTHER at the same time and place aforesaid, he [or she]..."|
|Code Section||Subject of Offence||Draft Wording|
|"..., contrary to section XXX of the Criminal Code.|
Proof of the Offence
Proving stopping or impeding traffic under s. 213(1) should include:
Proving communicating to provide sexual services for consideration under s. 213(1.1) should include:
Interpretation of the Offence
There is no requirement that specific sexual services or money to be paid be mentioned. Context is inferred from the context of the communication: 
There is no requirement in law for an actual agreement to be reached between the prostitute and the customer. Shopping for sex may constitute an offence. 
It is not enough to prove that there was a conversation which dealt with sexual services of a prostitute. It cannot be simply for a collateral purpose.  The prohibited purpose must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
It must be established that the accused had an intention to engage in prostitution or to obtain the sexual services of a prostitute; this intention may be inferred from the circumstances. The court looks at the intent at the time of the conversation.
Communication for a collateral or indirect purpose (such as a prostitute stopping a taxi to ask for transportation to a well-known downtown location or a prostitute asking a pharmacist for a package of condoms) does not constitute the prohibited purpose.
The offence is complete at the time of the communication occurs assuming there is the requisite intent.
- R v Lawrence, 2002 ABPC 189 (CanLII), per Semenuk J, at para 19
R v Searle (1994), 163 N.B.R. (2d) 123(*no CanLII links)
, at para 21 (N.B. Prov. Ct.)
Lawrence, supra, at para 19
- R v Khalil, 2012 ABPC 93 (CanLII), per Semenuk J, at para 75
R v McLaughlin, 1992 Carswell Alta 628(*no CanLII links)
- R v Pake (1995), 1995 ABCA 493 (CanLII), 103 CCC (3d) 524, per Foisy JA, at pp. 529-31
R v Wasylyshyn,  BCJ No. 3210(*no CanLII links)
, at para 8 (Co. Ct.) (QL)
Lawrence, supra, at para 20
- Pake, supra, at pp. 530-531
- Holdback of Disclosure
For offences under this section (s. 213), s. 278.2 prevents the Crown from disclosing any records attracting a "reasonable expectation of privacy" that relate "to a complainant or a witness" unless applied for through the process described in s. 278.3 to 278.91: see Production of Records for Sexual Offences. Should the privacy-holder agree to waive their privacy rights, the protected materials may be disclosed.
Participation of Third Parties
- Testimonial Aids
Certain persons who testify are entitled to make application for the use of testimonial aids: Exclusion of Public (s. 486), Use of a Testimonial Screen (s. 486), Access to Support Person While Testifying (s. 486.1), Close Proximity Video-link Testimony (s. 486.2), Self-Represented Cross-Examination Prohibition Order (s. 486.3), and Witness Security Order (s. 486.7).
A witness, victim or complainant may also request publication bans (s. 486.4, 486.5) and/or a Witness Identity Non-disclosure Order (s. 486.31). See also, Publication Bans, above.
- On Finding of Guilt
s. 606(4.1), (4.2)
|Victim Notice |
of Impact Statement
|s. x [x]|
Under s. 738, a judge must inquire from the Crown before sentencing whether "reasonable steps have been taken to provide the victims with an opportunity to indicate whether they are seeking restitution for their losses and damages".
Under s. 722(2), the judge must inquire "[a]s soon as feasible" before sentencing with the Crown "if reasonable steps have been taken to provide the victim with an opportunity to prepare" a victim impact statement. This will include any person "who has suffered, or is alleged to have suffered, physical or emotional harm, property damage or economic loss" as a result of the offence. Individuals representing a community impacted by the crime may file a statement under s. 722.2.
Sentencing Principles and Ranges
- Maximum Penalties
|s. 213(1) [sex work impeding traffic]||N/A||2 years less a day jail and/or a $5,000 fine (from Sept 19, 2019)|
|s. 213(1.1) [sex work near children]||N/A||2 years less a day jail and/or a $5,000 fine (from Sept 19, 2019)|
Offences under s. 213(1) and (1.1) are straight summary conviction offences. The maximum penalty is 2 years less a day jail and/or a $5,000 fine (from Sept 19, 2019).
- Minimum Penalties
These offences have no mandatory minimum penalties.
- Available Dispositions
s. 718.3, 787
|s. 213(1) and (1.1)||N/A|
All dispositions are available.The judge may order a discharge (s. 730), suspended sentence (s. 731(1)(a)), fine (s. 731(1)(b)), custody (s. 718.3, 787), custody with probation (s. 731(1)(b)), custody with a fine (s. 734), or a conditional sentence (s. 742.1).
- Consecutive Sentences
There are no statutory requirements that the sentences be consecutive.
Ancillary Sentencing Orders
- Offence-specific Orders
- General Sentencing Orders
|Non-communication order under s. 743.21||any||A discretionary order prohibiting the offender from communicating with named persons while he is in custody.|
|Restitution Orders||any||A discretionary Order on application under s. 738, for things such as the replacement value of the property; the pecuniary damages incurred from harm, expenses fleeing a domestic partner; or certain expenses arising from the commission of an offence under s.402.2 or 403.|
|Victim Fine Surcharge (s. 737)||any||A discretionary surcharge under s. 737 of 30% of any fine order imposed, $100 per summary conviction or $200 per indictable conviction. If the offence occurs on or after October 23, 2013, the order has smaller minimum amounts (15%, $50, or $100).|
- General Forfeiture Orders
|Forfeiture of Weapons and Firearms (s. 491)||any||Where there is finding of guilt for an offence where a "weapon, an imitation firearm, a prohibited device, any ammunition, any prohibited ammunition or an explosive substance was used in the commission of [the] offence and that thing has been seized and detained", or "that a person has committed an offence that involves, or the subject-matter of which is, a firearm, a cross-bow, a prohibited weapon, a restricted weapon, a prohibited device, ammunition, prohibited ammunition or an explosive substance has been seized and detained, that the item be an enumerated weapon or related item be connected to the offence", then there will be a mandatory forfeiture order. However, under s. 491(2), if the lawful owner "was not a party to the offence" and the judge has "no reasonable grounds to believe that the thing would or might be used in the commission of an offence", then it should be returned to the lawful owner.|
Record Suspensions and Pardons
Convictions under s. 213 are eligible for record suspensions pursuant to s. 3 and 4 of the Criminal Records Act after 5 years after the expiration of sentence for summary conviction offences and 10 years after the expiration of sentence for all other offences. The offender may not have the record suspended where the offender was (1) convicted of 3 or more offences with a maximum penalty of life, and (2) for each 3 offences he "was sentenced to imprisonment for two years or more".