Forgery refers to the act of intentionally creating a document that is known to be false, with the purpose of presenting it as authentic. Engaging in such an action is deemed a criminal offence under section 366 of the Criminal Code. This section defines forgery as encompassing activities such as adding, modifying, or removing content from a genuine document.

Illustrative instances of forgery include counterfeiting signatures on checks and fabricating deceptive letters for the submission of insurance or healthcare claims. It is important to note that you may also face forgery charges if you aid in the production of a forged document or participate in its presentation as a genuine article.

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Types of Forgery Charges

Use, Trafficking, or Possession of Forged Document

Section 366 of the Code prohibits the act of knowingly passing off forged documents as genuine, with the intention of gaining benefits for oneself or others. Even if you are not certain about the authenticity of the document, you can still face charges under this section if you display "recklessness" regarding the document’s genuineness.

Exchequer Bill Paper, Public Seals, etc.

Section 369 of the Criminal Code declares it illegal to possess exchequer bill paper, which is used in the production of banknotes. This section also prohibits the making, reproduction, or usage of public seals belonging to the country, province, public body, or a court of law.

Counterfeiting Mark

According to Section 376 (2) of the Code, it is unlawful to create, sell, or possess a counterfeit mark. These marks are symbols or insignias affixed to items to verify compliance with certain standards. Examples may include government or Canadian province symbols, as well as markings awarded by commissions or agencies.

Forgery Instruments

Section 368.1 of the Criminal Code criminalizes the making, repairing, purchasing, selling, or possessing of any tools or materials specifically designed for committing forgery.

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Potential Penalties for Forgery

Forgery is considered a hybrid offence, giving the Crown the option to prosecute it either as an indictable offence or by summary conviction. Conviction for an indictable offence results in more severe forgery penalties compared to a summary conviction. When determining the appropriate course of action, the Crown takes into account factors such as the gravity of the forgery offence and your previous criminal record.

If you face charges related to creating, trafficking, or possessing forged documents, the Crown can treat it as an indictable offence under section 367 of the Criminal Code. This section specifies a maximum penalty of 10 years. 

Forgery offences such as creating a forged mark, possessing or selling instruments used for forgery, or possessing paper utilized for printing money are all regarded as indictable offences, carrying a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment.

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