Is it legal to carry a knife in Ontario?

 This may not be anyone's favourite question to ask out loud because - let's face it - it sounds like you're plotting some horrendous crime!  However, we get it - there are some perfectly reasonable purposes you may have for transporting a knife, including for kitchen or hunting use.  

"Is is legal to carry a knife?" is a justified question to ask, and we've got the answer for you!

In many cases, you would not be at risk of getting in trouble for carrying a knife, as long as it is a small knife that doesn't open suddenly or by mechanical means.  As follows, if you're not carrying a standard knife, you do need to be careful, according to Article 84 of the Criminal Code:

"prohibited weapon means

(a) a knife that has a blade that opens automatically by gravity or centrifugal force or by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in or attached to the handle of the knife, ..."

At the end of the day, it comes down to whether your knife meets the definition of a "prohibited weapon" or not.  Our advice: stay on the safe side and leave the knife at home!

Original date of publishing: July 17, 2021

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