Quebec issued more than $28 million in fines during lockdown

During the lockdown in Quebec, Canada, fines were in excess of more than $28 million for breaking the Public Health Act. These fines included breaking the provincial curfew, illegal gatherings in homes, non-compliance with masking at protests, as well as other non-compliance related to public health measures.

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Currently in Quebec, some of the most strict public health measures are being scaled back, including the lifting of the provincial curfew. Between April 1, 2020, and May 31, 2021, authorities across Quebec issued more than 19,074 tickets for violating Quebec’s Public Health Act. 

These fines total to approximately $28,622,850 according to the Crown’s spokesperson Audrey Roy Cloutier. 

The most common fine in Quebec for breaking the Public Health Act was $1,550. These sort of fines included breaking curfew, protesting without a mask or social distancing, as well as other non-compliance to the public orders.  However, fines as high as $6,000 were also issued in some instances. 

In Quebec, the city of Montreal had the highest number of fines issued during the pandemic. More than 6,155 tickets out of the 19,074 tickets issued in Quebec between April 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021 were in Montreal. 

Tickets in the city of Montreal totalled more than $9.2 million.

Tickets issued in Quebec City totalled 1,774 and Terrebonne totalled 1,896 tickets. No other municipalities topped 1,000 tickets issued.

Gatineau: 888 tickets

Joliette: 652 tickets

Laval: 630 tickets

Trois-Rivières: 613 tickets

Longueuil: 602 tickets

At this moment, 7,001 people have pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the offence they received. While 1,224 have pleaded ‘guilty’ and paid the fine. 1,604 people have paid the fine without entering into a plea.

Currently there are 2,651 tickets still pending in the courts without a plea or payment made yet. 

The data shows that 6,694 people in Quebec have not paid or filed a plea by the legal deadline.

During the Covid-19 lockdowns, police in Montreal patrolled parks to enforce the Quebec Public Health Act and fined individuals they deemed to be in non-compliance. 

During the lockdown, the Montreal police routinely drove their police vehicles through parks across Montreal before curfew would go into effect. 

During the lockdown, police in Montreal routinely fined attendees at protests for non-mask wearing and social distancing. 

In other parts of Canada, people received tickets for protesting during Ontario’s stay-at-home order.

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