Government of Canada's Seized Property Management Directorate

From: Public Services and Procurement Canada

Learn about our role in managing seized property. Discover what seized property can include and learn about the seizure process. 

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Our role

Learn about the authority we have during a property seizure. Find out when we manage seized or restrained assets. 

Our authority during a property seizure

The Seized Property Management Act (SPMA) came into effect on September 1, 1993.

The act gave the Government of Canada the authority to:

We also provide seized property management and secure storage services to any federal agency, department or Crown corporation on a cost-recovery basis. Section 16 (a) of the Public Works and Government Services Act outlines this authority.

When we manage seized or restrained property

We manage assets seized or restrained under specific sections of the:

Types of seized property

Seized property could be any asset acquired as proceeds of crime or any object used to commit a crime.

Seized property may include:

Our services during a seizure

Learn more about the property seizure process including our role throughout the process.


Before the seizure, we provide:

Prior to a seizure:


After law enforcement makes a decision to move forward with a seizure:  

Managing seized businesses

After we do an inspection and preliminary appraisal of a business in the pre-seizure stage, we usually contract it out with industry and government for the services of appropriate professionals for the best management approach. We are responsible for managing the business in accordance with provisions of a restraint order during the time the case is before the court.

Following the seizure, we provide:


We hold seized items until legal proceedings are completed. If the courts find the accused guilty and the sentencing includes the forfeiture of assets, we begin the asset disposal process.
During the disposal process, our role includes: 

Disposal of assets

We must wait until after a 30-day appeal period before disposing of any forfeited assets.

How assets are disposed of

Net proceed shared

After all the costs associated with the management of seized assets are paid, the jurisdictions involved share in the net proceeds. The Forfeited Property Sharing Regulations describe this process.

Contact us

Have any questions or concerns about the Government of Canada’s seized property management services? Here’s how to reach us.


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