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Did you Know?

  • Alberta's Maintenance Enforcement Act and Ontario's Family Support Plan Act allows the provincial Director of Maintenance Enforcement to arrest you and put you in jail, on suspicion of moving to another province?
These laws could be unconstitutional under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms - "Mobility Rights"
  • Alberta's Maintenance Enforcement Act gives the Director of Maintenance Enforcement the power to create a writ or a notice of attachment to garnishee your wages? Any other creditor has to apply to a judge.
This procedure could be unconstitutional according to the ancient principle that the judiciary be independent from the executive branch of government. Since child maintenance is considered a higher debt than any other, the Director of Maintenance Enforcement can effectively override any previous order given by a judge.
  • The Yukon Maintenance Enforcement Act allows the police to use the Maintenance Enforcement Act to gather information to pursue criminal charges against you.
This statute could be unconstitutional as an illegal search and seizure under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms