Pepper spray, also known as oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray, is a type of self-defense spray that contains capsaicin, the active ingredient in chili peppers. It is generally legal to possess and use pepper spray in Canada for self-defense purposes, but there are some restrictions on its use and possession.
Under the Criminal Code of Canada, it is generally legal to possess and use pepper spray for the purpose of self-defense or the defense of another person. However, it is illegal to carry pepper spray for the purpose of committing a criminal offense or to carry it in a manner that is likely to be used for an unlawful purpose.
There are also specific restrictions on the use of pepper spray in certain circumstances. For example, it is illegal to use pepper spray on a police officer or to use it to prevent a police officer from carrying out their duties. It is also illegal to use pepper spray on a person who is detained or imprisoned, or to use it in a correctional facility.
In addition to these restrictions, there may be additional laws and regulations that apply to the possession and use of pepper spray in different jurisdictions in Canada. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the laws in your area and to use pepper spray only in accordance with the law.
If you have questions about the legality of pepper spray in Canada or have been charged with a crime related to its use or possession, it’s a good idea to seek advice from a criminal defense lawyer or other qualified professional.