The Criminal Code of Canada was first enacted in 1892. It codifies the majority of criminal offences and the criminal procedure in Canada.

Under section 91(27) of the Constitution Act, 1867, the Parliament has jurisdiction over criminal law and criminal procedure.

The Criminal Code is structured into the following Parts:

Part I - General

Part II – Offences against Public Order

Part II.1 – Terrorism

Part III – Firearms and Other Weapons

Part IV – Offences against the Administration of Law and Justice

Part V – Sexual Offences, Public Morals and Disorderly Conduct

Part VI – Invasion of Privacy

Part VII – Disorderly Houses, Gaming and Betting

Part VIII – Offences against the Person and Reputation

Part IX – Offences against Rights of Property

Part X – Fraudulent Transactions Relating to Contracts and Trade

Part XI – Wilful and Forbidden Acts in Respect of Certain Property

Part XII – Offences relating to Currency

Part XII.1 – Instruments and Literature for Illicit Drug Use

Part XII.2 – Proceeds of Crime

Part XIII – Attempts-Conspiracies-Accessories

Part XIV – Jurisdiction

Part XV – Special Procedure and Powers

Part XVI – Compelling Appearance of Accused before a Justice and Interim Release

Part XVII – Language of Accused

Part XVIII – Procedure on Preliminary Inquiry

PART XVIII.1 – Case Management Judge

Part XIX – Indictable Offences-Trial without a Jury

Part XIX.1 – Nunavut Court of Justice

Part XX – Procedure in Jury Trials and General Provisions

Part XX.1 – Mental Disorder

Part XXI – Appeals-Indictable Offences

Part XXI.1 – Applications for Ministerial Review-Miscarriages of Justice

Part XXII – Procuring Attendance

Part XXIII – Sentencing

Part XXIV – Dangerous Offenders and Long-Term Offenders

Part XXV – Effect and Enforcement of Recognizances

Part XXVI – Extraordinary Remedies

Part XXVII – Summary Convictions

Part XXVIII – Miscellaneous


>> For the full text of the Criminal Code of Canada, please visit the website of Justice Canada