PFD420 - Selected Provincial and Federal Statutes

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Subject Title
Selected Provincial and Federal Statutes

Subject Description
This course examines selected federal and provincial statues that have been deemed important, and that have not been covered in other courses.  Procedures for arrest, use of force, and entry into premises relative to the federal and provincial statutes studied will be examined  Students will learn how to initiate legal proceedings under these statutes.

Topic breakdown: Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, Provincial Offences Act, Child and Family Services Act, Liquor Licence Act, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, Mental Health Act, Blind Persons' Rights Act, Torts, Family Law Act, Residential Tenancies Act.

Credit Status
This is a Police Foundations program prescribed credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Summarize the purpose of the Act; the powers of arrest; search and seizure authority; and the authority to use force for each statute studied.
  2. Classify controlled drugs and substances in relation to the Schedules contained in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) and determine the charges that can be laid.
  3. Summarize the underling principles of the Children and Family Services Act.
  4. Compare the legal requirements placed on the police when dealing with issues related to Children and Family Services Act and the Family Law Act.
  5. Analyze the reponse of police dealing with matters under the Residential Tenancies Act.
  6. Develop and defend a course of action that conforms to the authority in the federal and provincial act studied.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
Students will know and understand the following pieces of legislation, and be familiar with any powers of search, seizure and arrest found therein. They will also learn how to process offenders, complete prosecution sheets and make effective notebook entries concerning their actions.

1 Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
2 Youth Criminal Justice Act
3 Provincial Offences Act
4 Child and Family Services Act
5 Liquor Licence Act
6 Blind Person’s Rights Act
7 Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act
Mental Health Act

Mode of Instruction
It is intended that the learning outcomes of this subject will be met as a result of the following:
1.        Classroom lectures
2.        Group discussions
3.        Completion of handouts containing questions concerning the various statutes
4.        Independent study

Prescribed Texts
Selected Federal and Provincial Statutes-PFD420 (Seneca Custom Text)

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Quizzes & Tests (minimum 3)   - 90%

Participation                              - 10%
Total                                          100%

  • Students will be required to write mini-tests, term tests, and examinations and submit assignments.
  • If a student is absent for a test or examination, or does not submit an assignment in class on the due date, they will require proper documentation of extenuating circumstances for consideration.
  • Extenuating circumstances, such as sickness, properly documented, will be considered.
  • A minimum grade of ‘D’ is required to successfully complete this subject.

Approved by: Sandra Noble