chapter  8
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Civil Processes and Tainted Assets: Exploring Canadian Models of Forfeiture

Frequently trumpeted as the device to sound the death knell of organized crime, civil forfeiture laws arrived in the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Ontario in 2001 and then swiftly spread across the country. By the close of the decade, most provinces had enacted legislative regimes permitting assets tainted by association with crime to be forfeit through civil legal processes. These laws allow property related to an alleged crime to be taken by the province without any accompanying need to prove, in a criminal prosecution, the commission of a crime.1