Canada's Lowest Fines For Illegal Gatherings Are Nothing Compared To Ontario's
One province charges less than $300.
Ontario's government is cracking down on illegal gatherings. Out of all of Canada's COVID-19 fines, it has by far the highest. On the opposite end of the spectrum, one province is still charging under $300 for public health violations.
New Brunswick's fines for breaking public health rules can be as low as $292.50.
That's a far cry from Premier Doug Ford's initiative to start charging people who throw
While not quite as low as New Brunswick, Manitoba's fines for breaking any of its provincial rules, including going over the allowable limit on gatherings, are just $486 for individuals.
The province has limited indoor and outdoor gatherings to maximums of 50 and 100 people, respectively.
However, public health orders do make some exceptions to these rules. For example, if an indoor area is physically divided into multiple areas, up to 50 people can be in each one.
Other provinces have set their fines in the range of thousands of dollars, but still not as high as Ontario's.
Throwing a private party that exceeds 50 people in British Columbia can end up costing $2,000.
Alberta residents canif they violate any of the province's public health orders, including large gatherings.
Ontario's new fines come in the wake of massive illegal parties, such as the ones.
has increased its municipal fines to $2,000 for first time offenders, but will go as high as $100,000 for further infractions.
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