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

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

This bill was previously introduced in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session.


Frank Valeriote  Liberal

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


Introduced, as of April 21, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)


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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

April 21st, 2009 / 10 a.m.
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Frank Valeriote Liberal Guelph, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-362, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (personal identity theft).

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to stand in the House today to present a private member's bill, seconded by the member for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine.

The bill would make it an offence for a person to be in possession of another person's identification without a lawful excuse. Identity theft has become one of the fastest growing crimes in Canada. Hundreds of Canadians are the victims of identity theft each month, with losses that go into the millions of dollars. Identity thieves steal key pieces of personal information, often without the victim's knowledge, and use it to impersonate the individual and commit crimes. Identity thieves manipulate information and invade personal and financial lives, leaving victims feeling very vulnerable, often devastating their lives.

It is imperative that Canada's laws reflect the changing face of criminal activity. I believe the bill is a step forward to address identity theft. I ask the support of the House for this private member's bill.

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