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Civil Forfeiture

Inspector Brad Desmarais, left, and Jim Chu, Vancouver Police Chief Constable, discuss B.C.'s civil forfeiture program including one of the most valuable properties ever forfeited in the Lower Mainland during a press conference at City Hall in Vancouver, January 11, 2011.
Laws that allow governments to seize citizens’ assets judged to be gained through the proceeds of crime are known as civil forfeiture laws. They are in force in most Canadian provinces and federally in the United States, as well as in various jurisdictions overseas. In Canada, civil forfeiture has been most controversial in Ontario and B.C., where critics are questioning whether authorities have targeted assets without proof of criminal wrongdoing.