section 265(1)


265(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.


Criminal lawyer Paul Lewandowski discusses section 265 of the Criminal Code of Canada which sets out the definition of assault as the term is used in criminal law. A succinct examination of some of the defences available against an assault charge is undertaken, as well as an overview of the three pronged definition created by Parliament.