A letter of intent posted on a Government contracting site states 22,313 people owe over $129 million in unpaid fines.
The Canadian Press
reports that the letter of intent states:
2,009 people owed more than $10,000;
1,049 people owed between $5,000 and $10,000
4,530 people owed between $1,000 and $5,000;
3,702 people owed between $500 and $1,000;
5,129 people owed between $250 and $500;
5,894 people owed less than $250.
Federal fines fell under provincial jurisdiction before September 1996.
“As a general rule, provincial courts across Canada would simply issue a warrant of committal in cases where a federal fine remained unpaid after it became due,” the letter of interest says of the pre-1996 debt-collection procedure.
“No further action would be taken, and incarceration for unpaid fines was the most frequent consequence for default of payment.”