Ask the CCLA: What are my rights when stopped or searched by police?

April 3, 2017

What are my rights when stopped or searched by the police?

In Ontario, Community Legal Education Ontario has produced a resource guide regarding police powers when it comes to stops and searches. This resource is dated September 2016. provides information about legal problems in Ontario. You may wish to browse their information page on police encounters.


We hope that you find this information helpful. The information provided is current to January 2017, and consists of general legal information. It is not legal advice. CCLA does not take responsibility for information found on external websites, even where we have provided links to that information. Everyone’s legal situation is different. If you are facing a legal issue, we recommend that you seek independent legal advice. You can find a list of legal clinics and other resources to help you here.