Understanding statements of offence

Last updated March 29, 2022
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Were you issued a statement of offence? Are you trying to understand it so you can correctly enter your guilty or not-guilty plea? Learn more about statements of offence and the types of templates used across Montréal.

What is a statement of offence?

A statement of offence is a ticket that is issued when provincial laws or municipal by-laws are violated.

Infractions involve for exemple parking, traffic, waste collection, pets and animals, permits, public works, public transportation and fire safety.

Who can issue a statement of offence?

In general, statements are issued by parking agents and police officers.

They may also be issued by anyone with the authority to do so, such as the animal patrol, with respect to an infraction within the limits of the Montréal agglomeration:

  • One of Montréal’s 19 boroughs
  • One of the 15 neighbouring municipalities within the Montréal agglomeration

The defendant (person accused of the infraction) receives a copy of the statement of offence, as does the municipal court, which then handles the file.

Composition of a statement of offence

Your statement of offence contains information such as the file number, the description of the violation and the amount payable.

The amount that you are ticketed includes:

  • A fine: The amount varies depending on the infraction and is set out in a law or by-law.
  • Court fees: These vary depending on the amount of the fine. They are determined according to the Tariff of Court Costs in Legal Matters.
  • A contribution: Only applies to infractions of provincial law under the Code of Penal Procedure.

Examples of statements of offence

Several different templates for statements of offence are used across the city.

In order to use our online services to Pay a statement of offence or to Contest a statement of offence, you’ll need the nine-digit number from your statement of offence or your file. Use the images below to find the ticket template and plea you received:

Parking or traffic ticket

Long white and red sheet

The nine-digit number can be found at the very top of the statement of offence in the centre.

To view in a larger format:

Parking ticket (type A)

Long white and red sheet

The nine-digit number can be found at the very top of the statement of offence in the centre.

To view in a larger format:

Parking ticket (type B)

Long white and red sheet

The nine-digit number can be found at the very top of the statement of offence in the centre.

To view in a larger format:

Other example of statement of offence

Long white and blue sheet

The nine-digit file number can be found at the top of the ticket to the right of the bar code.

These tickets are issued for infractions of other municipal by-laws (waste collection, animals, permits, public works, sanitation, public transportation, fire safety, etc.)

To view in large format: