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10 Dumbest Laws in Canada

The most ridiculous laws that Canada ever came up with and put into the books. These are real laws which all exist here in Canada to this day.

Have you ever watched any of those crime shows on television and seen many countries have way different laws then our own? Well this got me thinking about my own country “Canada” and some of the dumb laws we have here and I’d like to share some of them with all of you.

  1. In Nova Scotia a person is not allowed to water their grass when it’s raining. Not like someone would do this, but it’s against the law in Nova Scotia!
  2. In Cobourg, Ontario if you have a water trough in your front yard, it must be filled by 5:00am!
  3. In Guelph, Ontario, the city is classified as a no pee zone!
  4. In Toronto, Ontario, where I lived, it’s illegal to drag a dead horse down Younge St on a Sunday!
  5. In Montreal, Ontario you are not allowed to wash your car in the street or park your car in a way that it blocks your own driveway!
  6. In Ottawa, Ontario you are not allowed to eat ice cream on Bank St on a Sunday!
  7. In Beaconsfield, Canada it’s considered an offense to have more than two colours on your house; and you are not allowed to own a log cabin!
  8. In Uxbridge, Ontario it’s illegal to have an internet connection faster than 56k!
  9. In Kanata, Ontario, believe this, it’s illegal to have a clothes line in your back yard!
  10. Finally, in Oshawa, Ontario it’s illegal to climb trees!

Some laws are so worthless they are not even worth the time or effort to try and even enforce. Check out some of your local dumb laws and you’ll be surprised in what you might find is illegal where ever you might live.

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  1. Hannah

    On October 8, 2007 at 5:36 pm


    These are some of the most DUMBEST laws I have ever heard of. This is RIDICULOUS!!!

  2. hmmm

    On October 8, 2007 at 8:32 pm


    thoughts, Canada rules! even if you can’t climb a tree when trying to save a kitten :)

  3. Andrea

    On October 19, 2007 at 2:29 pm


    Firstly, Montreal is not in Ontario – it’s in Quebec.

    Secondly, there is no such thing as “the most DUMBEST laws” – laws can be the most dumb or the dumbest, but not both at the same time.

    And yes, Canada rules, because in Ottawa, Ontario, it is legal for a woman to go shirtless in any place where a man can go shirtless. Not so practical in winter, but very nice in the summer.

  4. T

    On November 3, 2007 at 10:42 am


    very entertaining and thank you

  5. Sylvie

    On November 10, 2007 at 12:58 am


    Montreal, Ontario? Wonder what’s dumber, those laws, or…

  6. Johna

    On June 12, 2008 at 9:35 am


    would be nice if these sites posted references rather than having to take them at face value.

  7. kareem

    On August 15, 2008 at 10:01 pm


    hi

  8. USA

    On October 22, 2008 at 5:25 pm


    CANADA SUCKS!those laws prove that no one even has common sense

  9. kevin

    On November 23, 2008 at 11:18 pm


    my son just got charged for peeing in kitchener in a parking lot between two cars it cost him 300 now thats pissing away his money

  10. nunia

    On February 17, 2009 at 7:09 pm


    im doing a report on ontario and this helped so so so much

    thank you:)

  11. CANADA

    On March 13, 2009 at 10:32 pm


    @#8

    Wow, bet you wish you didn’t go there. Head to http://www.dumblaws.com and see not only which country has the most dumb laws, but the dumbest laws. Actually, the US-of-A has more dumb laws listed than all the other countries on the site. I’m sorry USA, but you phail. with an A+ in phailure.

  12. fennie

    On March 15, 2009 at 10:40 am


    That is so dumb!!! If you cant do those things than whats the point of having those laws or rules?

  13. cRaZyTMG

    On March 20, 2009 at 5:48 pm


    In 1995, I lived in Bridgewaterm Nova Scotia next door to a fellow who consistently watered his lawn during rainstorms! If only I’d known.

  14. simonfredette

    On April 24, 2009 at 11:24 pm


    first of all , yes montreal is in quebec, thats where i come from but there is also a montreal ontario, theres even a montreal boulevard off the 401 , and in greater toronto area woman are also legally allowed to go topless , and the ice cream thing is true and is enforced

  15. ladybaby

    On April 26, 2009 at 4:46 pm


    Number 8 “Canada” has it right, I have a Reader’s Digest book of strange stories and amazing facts of America’s past. In it is the most ridiculous laws that are still on the books, such as; “It is a crime to eat in a place that is on fire in Chicago.” and “It is a crime to throw an onion in Princeton, Tex, or carry an ice cream cone in your pocket in Lexington, Ky.” etc. etc. Who in the world made up all these insane laws? But you notice that there are stupid laws even today. In Dayton Ohio last year, a man was convicted of a sex crime, for having sex with a picnic table. This is no joke. I think some of our law makers are candidates for the funny farm.

  16. Canada

    On May 11, 2009 at 6:16 pm


    uhm, for that one person who said that Canada’s laws are stupid from the US, you should check out yours…

  17. mexico

    On May 14, 2009 at 9:36 am


    hahahahaha those are the most funnyest laws ii have ever heared lalalalalala!!!!!

  18. Rawr

    On June 2, 2009 at 12:49 am


    Haha I agree, the US prolly has the dumbest laws ever. Canada may he
    Perdy bad, but the US is worse.
    • In Texas, it’s illegal to paint Someone elses cow…
    • in Kentucky, it’s illegal to carry ice-cream in your back pocket…
    • In Ohio, it’s illegal to sell cornflakes on Sunday…
    • In Florida, it’s illegal to sing in public while wearing a swimsuit…
    • In Idaho, it’s illegal NOT to smile…

    There’s tons more but I think you get the point. :)

  19. Daniella

    On June 2, 2009 at 6:47 pm


    Wow!!! this is crazy!!!! D:

  20. Snake

    On June 7, 2009 at 6:50 am


    I was working in an RCMP detachment office when this young guy walked in and asked for a voucher for a room and breakfast. I told him that we don’t issue those kinds of vouchers, but when I checked there was a transient law on the books in Saskatchewan since the early 30’s which allowed for such a claim. So, I called the hotel and told them to give him a room and breakfast – the bill to be sent to us. This happened in 1970, and I doubt the law has been repealed. Maybe some of the laws that are still on the books aren’t so dumb after all – you might want to do a little more research and maybe save yourself some money.

  21. TSDark

    On November 4, 2009 at 2:34 am


    The best part is thinking about how some of these laws came about :D

  22. Alice

    On May 19, 2010 at 8:44 am


    The “It’s illigal to drag a dead horse down Yonge Street on a Sunday” cracked me up so bad! LMAO

  23. Mira

    On June 11, 2010 at 3:14 pm


    To everyone who said there is no Monteral, Ontario… google it ;) There is.

  24. BoogerLicker

    On October 7, 2010 at 3:08 pm


    Way to spell Yonge Street WRONG

    And there’s no Montreal, Ontario – there’s Montreal River in Algoma District in Ontario but that’s it.

  25. Radamel

    On November 21, 2010 at 12:10 pm


    Here is my article about lemon law..

    Have a nice read..

    http://socyberty.com/law/usa-law-system-what-is-the-lemon-law/

  26. PENNY

    On December 30, 2010 at 10:26 pm


    Laws are put in place just for money,they don’t care about you going to jail(maybe if u don’t pay it that is).I was recently stopped by police in toronto ontario with NO insurance on my car,false licence plates & NO ownership for the vehicle.I was given 3 tickets & was still allowed to leave with the car.On court day i was allowed to plead guilty to one offense(the lesser offense mind you) & was charged 60 dollars to be paid in 6 months.true story

  27. Amanda

    On January 6, 2012 at 4:04 am


    I live in Oshawa, and it is ONLY illegal to climb trees on city property. You can climb your own of course. (Used to do it every spring to harvest cherries, apples and pears) They put that law into place so that people wouldn’t damage city property. I wonder what other ones are not true or embellished. :s

  28. Graywriter

    On January 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm


    The no-tree-climbing thing applies only to trees on city property.

    Oshawa, Ontario, passed a bylaw (78-2008, “being a by-law respecting the protection and maintenance of trees on City property…” (http://www.oshawa.ca/documents/Trees.pdf):

    8.2 No person shall injure or destroy a tree or any part of a tree located on municipal property

    8.3 No person shall interfere with a tree or part of a tree located on municipal property, including but not limited to attaching, affixing or placing upon in any manner any object or thing to a tree or part of a tree, and climbing the tree.

    So it is illegal to build treehouses, nail handbills, or climb trees on city property in Oshawa, for at least two reasons
    1. protect the trees from damage
    2. reduce litter from handbills etc.

    I don’t think those reasons are all that dumb.

    Besices, environmentalists should rejoice that in at least one city, a bylaw exists that protects the trees on public property.

  29. Homo jones

    On January 31, 2012 at 2:48 pm


    I like men penises

  30. CHelsea

    On March 20, 2012 at 12:15 am


    the law for blocking the driveway is in Montreal QC not Ontario, i live in Montreal QC, its so the fire trucks and other emergency transport can get to the property and not block traffic in case of emergencies. Not washing the car in the street is also for safe as we are a very busy downtown core of all of Quebec not only the island of Montreal. All streets are busy with traffic and people can easily get hit. Also we are located on a mountain, one could slip and fail when washing a car.

    Ps i know lots of people that water lawns when its raining, they are the ones with auto-sprinklers, it drives me nuts!!!!! It should be illegal its a waste of provenical water and can lead to flooding.

  31. CHelsea

    On March 20, 2012 at 12:15 am


    the law for blocking the driveway is in Montreal QC not Ontario, i live in Montreal QC, its so the fire trucks and other emergency transport can get to the property and not block traffic in case of emergencies. Not washing the car in the street is also for safe as we are a very busy downtown core of all of Quebec not only the island of Montreal. All streets are busy with traffic and people can easily get hit. Also we are located on a mountain, one could slip and fail when washing a car.

    Ps i know lots of people that water lawns when its raining, they are the ones with auto-sprinklers, it drives me nuts!!!!! It should be illegal its a waste of provenical water and can lead to flooding.

  32. CHelsea

    On March 20, 2012 at 12:15 am


    the law for blocking the driveway is in Montreal QC not Ontario, i live in Montreal QC, its so the fire trucks and other emergency transport can get to the property and not block traffic in case of emergencies. Not washing the car in the street is also for safe as we are a very busy downtown core of all of Quebec not only the island of Montreal. All streets are busy with traffic and people can easily get hit. Also we are located on a mountain, one could slip and fail when washing a car.

    Ps i know lots of people that water lawns when its raining, they are the ones with auto-sprinklers, it drives me nuts!!!!! It should be illegal its a waste of provenical water and can lead to flooding.

  33. CHelsea

    On March 20, 2012 at 12:15 am


    the law for blocking the driveway is in Montreal QC not Ontario, i live in Montreal QC, its so the fire trucks and other emergency transport can get to the property and not block traffic in case of emergencies. Not washing the car in the street is also for safe as we are a very busy downtown core of all of Quebec not only the island of Montreal. All streets are busy with traffic and people can easily get hit. Also we are located on a mountain, one could slip and fail when washing a car.

    Ps i know lots of people that water lawns when its raining, they are the ones with auto-sprinklers, it drives me nuts!!!!! It should be illegal its a waste of provenical water and can lead to flooding.

  34. Polarman

    On May 18, 2012 at 2:06 pm


    Could the guy ment that it was illegal to wash your car in the street or park your car in a way that it blocks your own driveway on Montreal Street in Kingston Ontario?

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