Alternative Penalty Act



ACTS OF 1989

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An Act Respecting
an Alternative Penalty to Fines

Short title

1 This Act may be cited as the Alternative Penalty Act. 1989, c. 2, s. 1.


2 In this Act, "offence" means an offence punishable as provided by or in accordance with the Summary Proceedings Act. 1989, c. 2, s. 2.

Fine-option program

3 (1) The Governor in Council may establish or approve a program whereby a fine imposed in respect of an offence may be discharged, in whole or in part, by earning credits for performing community-service work and providing for the discharge of such fine.

Contents of program

(2) A program referred to in subsection (1) may determine

(a) who is eligible to participate;

(b) what qualifies as community-service work for the purposes of the program;

(c) the rate at which credits are earned;

(d) the manner of crediting amounts earned;

(e) matters deemed by the Governor in Council necessary for or incidental to carrying out the program.

Approval of extra-provincial programs

(3) The Governor in Council may approve a program in another jurisdiction that is similar to a program established pursuant to subsection (2) where there is an appropriate agreement between the Province and that other jurisdiction. 1989, c. 2, s. 3.


4 This Act comes into force on and not before such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation. 1989, c. 2, s. 4.

Proclaimed - January 23, 1990

In force - February 1, 1990

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