An Act to amend the Criminal Code (personal identity theft)

This bill was last introduced in the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in September 2008.

This bill was previously introduced in the 39th Parliament, 1st Session.


Nina Grewal  Conservative

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Not active, as of May 10, 2006
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment makes it an offence for a person to be in possession of or to transfer, without lawful excuse, any information or document that can be used to identify another person.


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Criminal CodeRoutine Proceedings

May 10th, 2006 / 3:25 p.m.
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Nina Grewal Conservative Fleetwood—Port Kells, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-271, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (personal identity theft).

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise on behalf of the constituents of Fleetwood—Port Kells to introduce this bill entitled an act to amend the Criminal Code respecting personal identity theft. Identity theft has become one of the fastest growing crimes in North America. A growing number of Canadians are victimized by criminals who have assumed their identities and destroyed their credit history and financial details.

With this legislation, the federal government would protect Canadians by clearly defining identity theft in the Canadian Criminal Code. It would make it illegal for anyone to unlawfully possess or transfer another person's personal information or documentation, such as a driver's licence or credit cards.

In our increasingly technological world where criminals are using ambiguous laws to avoid prosecution, I hope I can count on support from all sides of the House. I thank the hon. member for Cambridge for seconding my bill.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)