According to Peel regional police, Owens was arrested Monday and appeared in court Tuesday. No further details were provided.
Owens moved his family to Canada full-time in 2015 from Hawaii, purchasing a home in Mississauga.
The 36-year-old Honolulu native is a 10-year CFL veteran having spent time with the Montreal Alouettes, Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Saskatchewan Roughriders but didn't play in the league last season.
The five-foot-eight, 180-pound Owens was the CFL's outstanding player in 2012 with Toronto after registering a record 3,863 all-purpose yards. He also led the league in receiving with 94 catches for 1,328 yards and six TDs and became the first player in pro football history to accumulate at least 3,000 combined yards in consecutive seasons.
Owens capped his 2012 campaign by helping Toronto beat Calgary 35-22 to capture the 100th Grey Cup title at Rogers Centre. In the off-season, Owens decided to pursue mixed-martial arts as a form of training and was set to make his MMA debut April 6 in Honolulu.
Owens joined the Roughriders in February 2017, signing a two-year deal but opened the season on the six-game injured list. He was released prior to the 2018 season and returned to Hamilton on Sept. 11, 2018 but was released two weeks later without playing a game.
Owens has 521 career catches for 6,217 yards and 27 TDs and three times was a league all-star. He returned 365 punts for 4,027 yards (11-yard average) with six touchdowns, 240 kickoffs for 5,479 yards (22.8-yard average) with TD and 19 missed field goals for 803 yards (42.3-yard average) with three touchdowns.