Provincial Offences Office
United Counties of Prescott and Russell are responsible for collecting
all fines issued on their territory by the different governments of
Offences Office also collects most certificates of offence issued by the
Ontario Provincial Police and some municipal tickets.
amounts collected are used to pay administration expenses, judges and
prosecutor fees, as well as victims’ fine surcharges paid to the
government of Ontario. The difference is distributed among the eight
municipalities of Prescott and Russell.
What is a Provincial Offence?
A provincial offence is a failure to follow certain provincial or municipal laws and by-laws under the Provincial Offences Act.
provincial offences are settled with the payment of a fine. Provincial
offences are not under the control of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Examples of laws and by-laws under provincial offences
Highway Traffic Act - such as higher speeds, careless driving or failing to wear seatbelt.
Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act - such as failing to surrender an insurance card, or being in possession of a counterfeit or invalid insurance card.
Liquor License Act - such as being intoxicated in a public place, or selling alcohol to a minor.
Trespass to Property Act - such as entering premises when entry is prohibited or failing to leave the premises after being directed to do so.
by-laws - such as infractions under the parking or noise by-law in one
of the eight municipalities of Prescott and Russell.
Who can issue a certificate of offence?
organizations are in charge of the administration of the laws on the
United Counties of Prescott and Russell territory. These organizations
have the power to issue fines under the Provincial Offences Act:
Ontario Provincial Police
Municipal Law Enforcement Officers
Ministry of Transportation
Ministry of the Environment
Ministry of Labour
Ministry of Natural Resources
Ministry of Health
Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Agriculture
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board