205. Every person who contravenes a provision of this Act or the regulations adopted by the Government thereunder commits an offence and is liable
(a) to a fine of $600 to $6,000 in the case of a natural person;
(b) to a fine of $1,500 to $20,000 in the case of a legal person.
The fines are doubled for a subsequent offence.
In determining the amount of a fine, the judge takes into account, among other things, the revenues and other benefits the offender derived from the offence and any damages and socio-economic consequences that resulted from the offence.
Moreover, if a person is convicted of an offence under this Act, a judge may, on an application made by the prosecutor and submitted with the statement of offence, impose on the offender, in addition to any other penalty, a further fine equal to the financial gain the offender realized or derived from the offence, even if the maximum fine has also been imposed.
1977, c. 5, s. 205, s. 14; 1986, c. 58, s. 15; 1990, c. 4, s. 128; 1991, c. 33, s. 18; 1993, c. 40, s. 59; 1997, c. 24, s. 21; 2010, c. 23, s. 9.