A link below will direct you to the portion of Assault in the Criminal Code Document on the Government of Canada – Justice Laws Website
Date: Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46)
In the early 1980’s Parliament undertook a review of the Criminal code provisions related to assault, and in 1983 three offences of assault and three parallel offences of sexual assault came into effect.
Assault Section 265 (1) of the Criminal Code is as follows:
(1) A person commits an assault when
(a) without the consent of another person, he applies force intentionally to that other person, directly or indirectly;
(b) he attempts or threatens, by an act or a gesture, to apply force to another person, if he has, or causes that other person to believe on reasonable grounds that he has, present ability to effect his purpose; or
(c) while openly wearing or carrying a weapon or an imitation thereof, he accosts or impedes another person or begs.