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Criminal Code

Version of section 377 from 2019-09-19 to 2023-09-13:

Marginal note:Damaging documents

  •  (1) Every person is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years or is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction who unlawfully

    • (a) destroys, defaces or injures a register, or any part of a register, of births, baptisms, marriages, deaths or burials that is required or authorized by law to be kept in Canada, or a copy or any part of a copy of such a register that is required by law to be transmitted to a registrar or other officer,

    • (b) inserts or causes to be inserted in a register or copy referred to in paragraph (a) an entry, that he knows is false, of any matter relating to a birth, baptism, marriage, death or burial, or erases any material part from that register or copy,

    • (c) destroys, damages or obliterates an election document or causes an election document to be destroyed, damaged or obliterated, or

    • (d) makes or causes to be made an erasure, alteration or interlineation in or on an election document.

  • Marginal note:Definition of election document

    (2) In this section, election document means any document or writing issued under the authority of an Act of Parliament or the legislature of a province with respect to an election held pursuant to the authority of that Act.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 377
  • 2019, c. 25, s. 135
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