The Criminal Code is a federal law that codifies all criminal offences subject to prosecution in Canada and specifies their corresponding sentences.
The Criminal Code applies to any individual who commits a criminal offence in a Canadian province or territory.
The Highway Safety Code also addresses certain criminal offences, where they can also lead to administrative penalties. Such offences include:
Driving without a valid licence or registration certificate, speeding, not wearing a seat belt, driving while impaired...
All of these offences, as well as many others, are punishable under the Highway Safety Code (fines, demerit points, licence revocation or suspension, etc.).
Such offences appear on the driving record of the driver at fault.
Where a serious offence is committed, such as driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, street racing or any other offence likely to endanger the life of others or cause death, the Criminal Code applies.
In some cases, a driver found guilty of a criminal offence (e.g. imprisonment, fines, criminal record) could also be punished in respect of an offence under the Highway Safety Code (e.g. licence revocation).
Last update: July 5, 2022