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Curfew Provisions for Youths Under 16 Years Being Enforced

The Ottawa Police Service would like to remind parents and youth about the curfew provisions of the Child and Family Services Act. Under this act, no parent of a child less than 16 years of age shall permit the child to loiter in a public place between midnight and 6 a.m. Therefore officers will use this as one of their enforcement tools in order to encourage more parental responsibility. Officers have been directed to issue warnings and charges to parents who breach this section of the act. It is punishable by up to a $1,000 fine.

EXCERPTS FROM THE CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES ACT

Allowing child to loiter, etc.

79(5) No parent of a child less than sixteen years of age shall permit the child to,

  1. loiter in a public place between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m.; or
  2. be in a place of public entertainment between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m., unless the parent accompanies the child or authorizes a specified individual eighteen years of age or older to accompany the child.

Police may take child home or to place of safety

79(6) Where a child who is actually or apparently less than sixteen years of age is in a place to which the public has access between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. and is not accompanied by a person described in clause (5) (b), a peace officer may apprehend the child without a warrant and proceed as if the child had been apprehended under subsection 42 (1).