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June 30, 2004
City of Toronto Collecting Fines Outstanding under Provincial Offences Act
  
The City of Toronto has assigned almost 500,000 unpaid fines with a value of
$150 million that have been outstanding for more than two years to collection
agencies for recovery. These fines involve Provincial Offences Act (POA)
convictions recorded by the Province. The majority of the unpaid fines relate
to offences committed between 1990 and 2002 and were transferred to the City
when responsibility for POA courts administration was downloaded in early 2002.

As the last municipality to have had responsibility for POA courts
administration transferred to it from the province, Toronto is following
similar collection action taken by other Ontario municipalities.

The collection agencies will supplement Toronto Court Services' existing
collection activities. Collection agencies will be contacting individuals who
have unpaid fines owing to make payment arrangements. City staff are working
closely with collection agency staff to ensure that questions raised are
responded to in a timely manner.

The City expects to receive POA fine payments of over $2 million this year and
will be monitoring the success of this initiative in developing 2005 fine
revenue projections.

To confirm if you have an unpaid fine, call 416-338-7320 weekdays between 8:30
a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Fines can be paid by cash, cheque, money order, VISA or
MasterCard in person at any of the five City of Toronto Provincial Offences
Court Offices:

Court Administration Office
137 Edward St. 2nd floor

Toronto South Court Office
Old City Hall
60 Queen St. W., Room 5A

Toronto West Court Office
York Civic Centre
2700 Eglinton Ave. W.

Toronto North Court Office
North York Civic Centre
5100 Yonge St.

Toronto East Court Office
1530 Markham Rd.

Telephone fine payments by VISA or MasterCard are accepted at 416-338-6700.
Payment instructions will also be provided by the collection agency.

The City of Toronto collects about $35 million each year in fines resulting
from provincial offences, including charges laid in Toronto under the Highway
Traffic Act, the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act, bylaws and other
provincial statutes enforced under the Provincial Offences Act. For more
information visit http://www.toronto.ca/court_services/

Media contact:
Barry Randell, Director, Court Services, 416-392-3835



 

 

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