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8 Random Laws in Canada

As Canadians, we are all familiar with the major Canadian laws, like not drinking alcohol in public and the mandatory 35% Canadian content on radio and television. However, there are a lot of minor, less well-known laws and by-laws  in cities around the country that you probably didn’t know existed until today. Here are the top 8 most random Canadian laws that have been in effect in our country:

No Swearing in Public

Hey Torontonians – did you know that swearing in a public park can cost you over $200? This Toronto by-law means that you need to keep your language clean when you visit any public green space – or at least make sure you keep it under your breath.

Taxi Driver Dress Code

In Halifax, taxi drivers are required to adhere to a strict dress code. That means collared shirts with sleeves, ankle length pants or dress shorts and shoes and socks at all times for cabbies.

You Can’t Pay With Too Much Change

Have you ever had someone try to pay with a pile of loose change? According to the law in Canada, they’re not allowed – sort of. The Canadian Currency Act of 1985 caps the amount of change you can use to pay for something. Part of the current limit is $5 for nickels and $25 for loonies.

Bathwater Limits

Be careful if you like to take baths in Etobicoke. A current bylaw states that no more than 3.5 inches of water is allowed in a bathtub in an effort to conserve water.

Butter Versus Margarine

There was a law in Quebec that made it illegal for butter to be the same colour as margarine that has since been repealed. It was put in place to help dairy farmers, but since butter has risen again in popularity amongst consumers, there wasn’t an issue when this law was repealed.

Don’t Remove Bandages in Public

Did you know that it’s against the law in Canada to remove your bandage in public? While weird, this law does seem to do a bit of public good since no one really wants to see a gaping wound or scab on another person.

No PDAs on Sunday

In Wawa, Ontario it’s against the law to show public affection on a Sunday, although I somehow doubt that this has ever been enforced.

Limits on Snowmen Height

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to break any snowmen building records in Souris. It’s against the law in this P.E.I city to build big snowmen.

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Ashley Maniw

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