Canadian Criminal Law/Offences/Motor Vehicle Theft



Motor vehicle theft
333.1 (1) Everyone who commits theft is, if the property stolen is a motor vehicle, guilty of an offence and liable

(a) on proceedings by way of indictment, to imprisonment for a term of not more than 10 years, and to a minimum punishment of imprisonment for a term of six months in the case of a third or subsequent offence under this subsection; or
(b) on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term of not more than 18 months.

Subsequent offences
(2) For the purpose of determining whether a convicted person has committed a third or subsequent offence, an offence for which the person was previously convicted is considered to be an earlier offence whether it was prosecuted by indictment or by way of summary conviction proceedings.

2010, c. 14, s. 3.




A passenger may be convicted for possession of stolen motor vehicle if there are enough factors to determine control and knowledge.[1]

  1. see R. v. T.A.K., 2005 BCCA 293 (CanLII)
    see also Canadian Criminal Law/Possession#Other