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Copyright/Permission to Reproduce

Materials on this Web site were produced and/or compiled by the Department of Justice for the purpose of providing Canadians with direct access to information about the programs and services offered by the Government of Canada.

The material on this site is covered by the provisions of the Copyright Act, by Canadian laws, policies, regulations, and international agreements. Such provisions serve to identify the information source and, in specific instances, to prohibit reproduction of materials without written permission.

  • Non-commercial Reproduction
    Information on this site has been posted with the intent that it be readily available for personal and public non-commercial use and may be reproduced, in part or in whole and by any means, without charge or further permission from the Department of Justice. We ask only that:

    • users exercise due diligence in ensuring the accuracy of the materials reproduced;
    • the Department of Justice be identified as the source department; and,
    • the reproduction not be represented as an official version of the materials reproduced, nor as having been made in affiliation with or with the endorsement of the Department of Justice.
  • Commercial Reproduction
    Reproduction of multiple copies of materials on this site, in whole or in part, for the purposes of commercial redistribution is prohibited except with written permission from the Government of Canada's copyright administrator, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). Through the permission-granting process, PWGSC helps to ensure that individuals / organizations wishing to reproduce Government of Canada materials for commercial purposes have access to the most accurate, up-to-date versions. To obtain permission to reproduce materials on this site for commercial purposes, please go to PWGSC's "Applying for Copyright Clearance on Government of Canada Works" page.
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
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    Ottawa, Ontario
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  • Reproduction of Federal Law Order
    Anyone may, without charge or request for permission, reproduce enactments and consolidations of enactments of the Government of Canada, and decisions and reasons for decisions of federally constituted courts and administrative tribunals, provided due diligence is exercised in ensuring the accuracy of the materials reproduced and the reproduction is not represented as an official version.
  • Legal Materials
    The legal material on this site may be reproduced, in whole or in part and by any means, without further permission from the Department of Justice.

    No such reproduction shall indicate that the Department of Justice is in any way responsible for the accuracy or reliability of the reproduction; nor shall any such reproduction indicate that it was made with the endorsement of, or in affiliation with, the Department of Justice.

    For all purposes of interpreting and applying the law, users should consult:

    The above-mentioned publications are available in most public libraries.
  • Third-party Materials
    Some of the materials and graphical elements found on Government of Canada Web sites are subject to copyrights held by other organizations. This is particularly true of sites that are jointly operated by a Government of Canada institution and an external organization as part of a collaborative arrangement. In such cases, some restrictions on the reproduction of materials or graphical elements may apply and it may be necessary to seek permission from the rights holder prior to reproducing the material.

To obtain information concerning copyright ownership and restrictions on reproduction on this site, please contact:
Department of Justice Canada
Communications Branch
284 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0H8

Tel: (613) 957-4222
TDD/TTY: (613) 992-4556

E-mail: webadmin@justice.gc.ca


The Government of Canada and the Department of Justice are committed to respecting the personal privacy of individuals who visit our Web sites. The following summarizes the privacy policy and practices of the Department of Justice's Web sites.

  • The Department of Justice does not automatically gather any personal information from you, such as your name, phone number or e-mail address. On various sections of the Department of Justice's Web sites, you can choose to correspond via e-mail or by completing feedback forms. These allow you to make comments and suggestions or to ask questions. If you choose to provide personal information through e-mail or by completing these forms, we will use it only to respond to your message.
  • Information on individual visitors is used by employees of the Department of Justice who need the information in order to respond to your request or to ensure the security of this system. We only share the information you give us with another government department if your inquiry relates to that department. We do not use the information to create individual profiles, nor do we disclose this information to anyone outside the federal government.
  • All personal information created, held or collected by the Department of Justice is protected under the federal Privacy Act. At any point of collection you will be asked for consent to collect your information, and you will be informed of the purpose for which it is being collected and how to exercise your right of access to that information.
  • The Department of Justice occasionally uses temporary "cookies" to facilitate your Web use. The cookies we use do not allow us to identify individuals, and are used, for example, to determine your language preferences. They exist in your browser's temporary memory and are deleted when you close your browser. Some applications available through the Internet site will not work properly if you choose to disable all cookies. (A "cookie" is a file that may be placed on your hard drive without your knowledge by a Web site to allow it to monitor your use of the site.)
  • The Department of Justice employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage. This software receives and records the Internet Protocol address of the computer that has contacted our Web site, the date and time of the visit and the pages visited. We make no attempt to link these addresses with the identity of individuals visiting our site unless an attempt to damage the site has been detected.

Questions or comments regarding this policy, or the administration of the Privacy Act at the Department of Justice may be directed to the Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator by:

Telephone: (613) 952-8361
Facsimile: (613) 957-2303
Mail: Department of Justice
St. Andrews Tower
275 Sparks Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H8

If you are not satisfied with our response to your privacy concern, you may wish to contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner by e-mail at: info@privcom.gc.ca, by telephone at 1-800-282-1376 or visit their Web site at: http://www.privcom.gc.ca.

Official Languages

The Department of Justice respects the Official Languages Act and the relevant Treasury Board policies, and is committed to ensuring all information and services on this site is available in both English and French. However, users should be aware that some information from external sources that are not subject to the Official Languages Act is only provided as a convenience and is available only in the language in which it was provided.

Universal Software Accessibility

The Department of Justice's Web sites have been modified to facilitate accessibility and to ensure that all users will benefit from its features. While these sites are designed to accommodate all types of Internet software and browsers, including earlier versions and hand-held devices, some viewing problems can occur when using older software. We are continually striving to correct such problems. Please contact us if you are experiencing technical difficulties.


Links to Web sites not under the control of the Department of Justice are provided solely for the convenience of users. The Department of Justice is not responsible for the accuracy, currency or the reliability of the content. The Department of Justice does not offer any guarantee in that regard and is not responsible for the information found through these links, nor does it endorse the sites and their content.

Users should be aware that information offered by non-GoC sites that are not subject to the Official Languages Act and to which the Department of Justice links, may be available only in the language(s) used by the sites in question.

To determine the suitability of links to and from the Department of Justice's Web sites, please consult the following set of criteria.

Last updated

Last updated refers to the date when the information on the Web page was either revised or when the page was modified for technical reasons. The date the document was originally posted to the site is located in the metadata found the source code.


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