Status: Bill 25 received royal assent on July 23, 2020
Ministry responsible: Justice and Solicitor General

Overview

Bill 25: Protecting Alberta Industry From Theft Act, 2020 has been passed to establish new measures that will make it more difficult for criminals to sell stolen metal for scrap.

These rules and tools are another way we’re following through on our commitment to combat rural crime. Metal thieves often target property owners and critical infrastructure in isolated areas to avoid detection.

The act will require scrap metal dealers to report all transactions involving certain common forms of metal – including high-theft items like copper wire and catalytic converters – to law enforcement by entering the details in a central database. People and businesses found to be dealing in stolen property will face stiffer consequences.

Key changes

Bill 25 will:

  • implement a central database for dealers to report the purchase or receipt of restricted metals, within 24 hours of the transaction
  • introduce regulations to define the types of metal included in the reporting rules
  • specify identification requirements for sellers and record-keeping duties for dealers - sellers must be 18 years or older
  • prohibit cash payments and require scrap metal dealers and recyclers to use traceable currency to purchase scrap metal
  • allow law enforcement to request holds on materials suspected to be stolen
  • increase fines for individuals to:
    • $10,000 or one year in jail, or both for the first offence (up from $5,000)
    • $25,000 or one year in jail, or both for subsequent offences (up from $15,000)
  • increase fines for corporations to:
    • $50,000 for the first offence (up from $15,000)
    • $200,000 for subsequent offences (up from $50,000)

Next steps

Bill 25 is being implemented in two stages to give stakeholders time to adjust:

  • September 1, 2020: new provisions lists the definition of scrap metal, includes a requirement for sellers to provide government-issued photo ID, requires dealers to record the seller’s ID information and transaction details, and implements fines for non-compliance.
  • November 1, 2020: requirements for dealers to report transactions to law enforcement and for all payments to be made using traceable forms of currency would come into effect.

Contact

Scrap Metal Hotline
Phone: 780-509-3123

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