You could be charged for public intoxication with both provincial and federal law. Under section 175 of the Criminal Code, it is a crime for a person who is not in a private home to cause disturbance by being drunk in or near a public place.
Public Disturbance Offences in Canada
Section 175 of the legal statutes outlines various scenarios in which an individual can be found guilty of causing a disturbance in or near a public place. The offences detailed in this section are punishable by summary conviction.
Everyone who, not being in a dwelling-house, causes a disturbance in or near a public place by engaging in activities such as fighting, screaming, shouting, swearing, singing, or using insulting or obscene language, is subject to legal consequences.
Individuals who are drunk in a public place and cause a disturbance fall under the purview of this section.
Interference with Others
Those who impede or molest other persons in a public place may be charged under this section.
Offences involving the open exposure or exhibition of indecent material in a public place are explicitly addressed.
Loitering and Obstruction
Loitering in a public place and obstructing others, as well as disturbing the peace and quiet of occupants in a dwelling-house, are outlined as offences.
Disturbing the peace and quiet of occupants of a dwelling-house by discharging firearms or engaging in disorderly conduct in a public place is expressly prohibited.
Building or Structure Disturbance
An individual not being an occupant of a dwelling-house in a particular building or structure, who disturbs the peace and quiet of occupants in that building or structure, is subject to legal consequences.
Multiple Dwelling-Houses Disturbance
Offences committed in any part of a building or structure with access to the occupants of two or more dwelling houses are covered, whether by right or by invitation, express or implied.
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