News Release - June 30, 2009
NEW TRESPASS TO PROPERTY ACT IN EFFECT
The Trespass to Property Act, passed by the legislature this spring, takes effect July 1, 2009. The legislation allows police to issue a ticket for trespassing, rather than charging people under the federal Criminal Code.
"Police forces and municipalities asked us for legislation to let them deal quickly and easily with simple cases of trespassing," Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said. "Now, police can issue a ticket, instead of having to go to court with a more complex Criminal Code charge."
Under the Act, police can issue a ticket for a fine of up to $2,000 to anyone who refuses to leave private or commercial property or who ignores posted "no trespassing" signs.
The legislation will not prevent activities that are protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, such as peaceful picketing on public property and peaceful demonstrations or rallies at the legislature. It does not change trespassing rules contained in other provincial legislation, such as The Wildlife Act and The Snowmobile Act.
Apart from Quebec, Saskatchewan is the only province that did not have trespassing legislation.
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