Sections 28 to 30 of the FPPA provide the Court with high ceilings to impose for offences as defined by s. 28(1) (including the Code).
Individuals, Director/Officer of a Corporation: Can be fined up to $50,000 on a first offence and $100,000 on a subsequent offence and/or one year in prison, upon conviction.
A Corporation: Can be fined up to $500,000 on a first offence and $1,500,000 on a subsequent offence, upon conviction.
Any Person: Who removes a copy of an order or notice posted by an inspector in accordance with the FPPA, without proper approval, can be fined up to $50,000 on a first offence and $100,000 on a subsequent offence and/or one year in prison, upon conviction.
Any Person: who fails to comply with an order made by an inspector under sections 21, 25, of 26 or the FPPA can be fined up to $20,000 per day that the default continues.
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