Panhandling Bylaw 3M99

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​​Definition of Panhandling: “…the personal, verbal and direct solicitation by a person of gratuitous donations of money, food or goods of any kind from any member of the public.” Does not include authorized solicitation pursuant to the Charitable Fund Raising Act (R.S.A. 2000, c.C-9).

Section ​Penalty ​Offence​
3(a) ​$50 Panhandling within 10 m of the entrance to a bank, credit union or other financial institution where cash can be withdrawn
​3(a) ​​$50 ​Panhandling within 10 m of an automated teller machine (ATM) or other device from which cash can be accessed
​3(a) ​​$50 ​Panhandling within 10 m of a transit stop
​3(a) ​​$50 ​Panhandling within 10 m of any elevated pedestrian walkway, or the sidewalk portion of any underpass
​4 ​​$50 ​Panhandling between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
​5 ​​$50 ​Panhandling from any person who is an occupant of a motor vehicle
​6 ​​$50 ​Panhandler continues to engage a person who has refused or declined the solicitation
​7 ​​$50 ​Panhandler obstructs the passage of, walks next to, or follows the person who is being solicited
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