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Provincial Offences: Overview

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The Ontario Court of Justice hears virtually all provincial offence matters as well as offences against municipal by-laws. Examples of such cases include:

  • Highway Traffic Act charges such as speeding or traffic violations;
  • Municipal by-law charges relating to excessive noise, animal control, or garbage disposal; and
  • Charges laid under provincial legislation such as the Environmental Protection Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Dog Owners’ Liability Act or the Trespass to Property Act.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding, municipalities administer courts where most provincial offence cases are tried, and also prosecute many of these cases on behalf of the Ministry of the Attorney General. If you have questions about court services or accessibility, contact the municipal offices shown on your ticket or summons.

Information on Provincial Offences Act court locations is available online.