Civil forfeiture facts and figures

From 2006 until mid 2017, the Civil Forfeiture Office (CFO) has received over 4900 file referrals from law enforcement agencies. These have resulted in the forfeiture of $73 million with $31 million of this money being re-invested in B.C. communities in the form of crime prevention grants and compensation to eligible victims.

Currently 8 of the 10 provinces in Canada have a civil forfeiture program. In B.C., civil forfeiture actions are commenced in the B.C. Supreme Court and a small number of cases have been heard by the B.C. Court of Appeal. One case in Ontario has been heard by the Supreme Court of Canada.