It is not a crime to fake your own death is in Canada.
What is psuedocide?
Psuedocide refers to the phenomenon of someone faking his or her own death.
While there can be many motivators for psuedocide, it is most often a last resort for people wishing to avoid financial or legal problems or to defraud life insurance companies.
Is psuedocide legal?
While there is no specific provision in the Canadian Criminal Code that criminalizes psuedocide, the action can be associated with other criminal charges.
What are the criminal charges associated with psuedocide?
Fraud, in the instance of insurance fraud.
Obstruction of justice, in the instance that someone was trying to evade a police investigation.
Public mischief in the instance that someone was trying to evade a police investigation and/or commit insurance fraud.
These charges can potentially be laid against an individual who is alleged to have committed psuedocide if the context in which they did it satisfies the charges.
Ultimately it would be up to Crown to decide whether or not any recommendation for criminal charges satisfies any sections in the Canadian Criminal Code as there is nothing specific to faking your own death.
There have also been incidents of psuedocide where someone simply wishes to disappear and start their life over.
In cases where a desire to start over is the only motivating factor it is unlikely that an individual would face criminal charges.
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