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Is It A Crime To Practice Witchcraft?

It is a crime to practice witchcraft in Canada with the intent to deceive another by pretending to exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration.

  • The maximum sentence for this offence is a $5,000 fine or 6 months in jail or both a $5,000 fine and 6 months in jail.
  • There is no minimum sentence for this offence.

Witchcraft is covered by section 365(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada that sates,

365. – Every one who fraudulently

(a) pretends to exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration,

is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

In order to be found guilty of witchcraft, the Crown Attorney must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused person engaged in fraudulent activity while pretending to practice or use any kind of witchcraft.

5 Aug 2014

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