Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act

An Act to amend the Criminal Code in response to the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Attorney General of Canada v. Bedford and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

This bill was last introduced in the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2015.

Sponsor

Peter MacKay  Conservative

Status

This bill has received Royal Assent and is now law.

Summary

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

This enactment amends the Criminal Code to, among other things,

(a) create an offence that prohibits purchasing sexual services or communicating in any place for that purpose;

(b) create an offence that prohibits receiving a material benefit that derived from the commission of an offence referred to in paragraph (a);

(c) create an offence that prohibits the advertisement of sexual services offered for sale and to authorize the courts to order the seizure of materials containing such advertisements and their removal from the Internet;

(d) modernize the offence that prohibits the procurement of persons for the purpose of prostitution;

(e) create an offence that prohibits communicating — for the purpose of selling sexual services — in a public place, or in any place open to public view, that is or is next to a school ground, playground or daycare centre;

(f) ensure consistency between prostitution offences and the existing human trafficking offences; and

(g) specify that, for the purposes of certain offences, a weapon includes any thing used, designed to be use or intended for use in binding or tying up a person against their will.

The enactment also makes consequential amendments to other Acts.

Elsewhere

All sorts of information on this bill is available at LEGISinfo, provided by the Library of Parliament. You can also read the full text of the bill.

Votes

Oct. 6, 2014 Passed That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
Sept. 29, 2014 Passed That Bill C-36, An Act to amend the Criminal Code in response to the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Attorney General of Canada v. Bedford and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, as amended, be concurred in at report stage.
Sept. 29, 2014 Failed That Bill C-36 be amended by deleting the long title.
Sept. 25, 2014 Passed That, in relation to Bill C-36, An Act to amend the Criminal Code in response to the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Attorney General of Canada v. Bedford and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, not more than one further sitting day shall be allotted to the consideration at report stage of the Bill and one sitting day shall be allotted to the consideration at third reading stage of the said Bill; and that, 15 minutes before the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders on the day allotted to the consideration at report stage and on the day allotted to the consideration at third reading stage of the said Bill, any proceedings before the House shall be interrupted, if required for the purpose of this Order, and in turn every question necessary for the disposal of the stage of the Bill then under consideration shall be put forthwith and successively without further debate or amendment.
June 16, 2014 Passed That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
June 12, 2014 Passed That, in relation to Bill C-36, An Act to amend the Criminal Code in response to the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Attorney General of Canada v. Bedford and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, not more than five further hours shall be allotted to the consideration at second reading stage of the Bill; and That, at the expiry of the five hours provided for the consideration at second reading stage of the Bill, any proceedings before the House shall be interrupted, if required for the purpose of this Order, and, in turn, every question necessary for the disposal of the said stage of the Bill shall be put forthwith and successively, without further debate or amendment.

Justice and Human Rights Committee, on July 10, 2014

  • Suzanne Jay, Member, Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution
  • Alice Lee, Member, Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution
  • Jared Brock, Co-Founder, Hope for the Sold
  • Michelle Brock, Co-Founder, Hope for the Sold
  • Keira Smith-Tague, Front-Line Anti-Violence Worker, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter
  • Hilla Kerner, Collective Member, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter
  • Christa Big Canoe, Legal Advocacy Director, Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto
  • Deborah Pond, Chair of the Board of Directors, u-r home

Justice and Human Rights Committee, on July 10, 2014

Justice and Human Rights Committee, on July 7, 2014

  • Timea E. Nagy, Founder and Front-Line Victim Care Worker, Walk With Me Canada Victim Services
  • Robert Hooper, Chair, Walk With Me Canada Victim Services
  • Émilie Laliberté, Spokesperson, Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform
  • Naomi Sayers, Spokesperson, Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform
  • Anne London-Weinstein, Director, Board of Directors, Criminal Lawyers' Association
  • Leonardo S. Russomanno, Member and Criminal Defence Counsel, Criminal Lawyers' Association
  • Janine Benedet, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, As an Individual
  • John Lowman, Professor, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, As an Individual

Justice and Human Rights Committee, on July 9, 2014

Justice and Human Rights Committee, on July 10, 2014

  • Mélanie Sarroino, Quebec, Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres
  • Lisa Steacy, British Columbia, Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres
  • Rachel Phillips, Executive Director, PEERS Victoria Resource Society
  • Natasha Potvin, Member, Board of Directors, Peers Victoria Resource Society
  • Kate Quinn, Executive Director, Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation
  • Glendyne Gerrard, Director, Defend Dignity, The Christian and Missionary Alliance
  • Marina Giacomin, Executive Director, Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary

Justice and Human Rights Committee, on July 8, 2014

Justice and Human Rights Committee, on July 8, 2014

  • Megan Walker, Executive Director, London Abused Women's Centre
  • Michèle Audette, President, Native Women's Association of Canada
  • Teresa Edwards, In-House Legal Counsel, Director, International Affairs and Human Rights, Native Women's Association of Canada
  • Katarina MacLeod, Founder, Rising Angels
  • Kim Pate, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
  • Deborah Kilroy, Chief Executive Officer and Legal Counsel, Sisters Inside

Justice and Human Rights Committee, on July 8, 2014

  • Casandra Diamond, Program Director, BridgeNorth
  • Emily Symons, Chair, Prostitutes of Ottawa-Gatineau Work Educate & Resist
  • Rick Hanson, Chief of Police, Calgary Police Service
  • Robyn Maynard, Spokesperson and Outreach Worker, Stella, l'amie de Maimie
  • José Mendes Bota, Member of the Portuguese Parliament, General Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, As an Individual

Justice and Human Rights Committee, on July 9, 2014

  • Tim Lambrinos, Executive Director, Ontario Region, Adult Entertainment Association of Canada
  • Rudi Czekalla, Consultant, Principal, Municipal Policy Consultants, Adult Entertainment Association of Canada
  • Glendene Grant, Founder, Mothers Against Trafficking Humans
  • Amy Lebovitch, Executive Director, Sex Professionals of Canada
  • Valerie Scott, Legal Coordinator, Sex Professionals of Canada
  • Eric Jolliffe, Chief of Police, Office of the Chief Police, York Regional Police
  • Gunilla Ekberg, Lawyer, University of Glasgow School of Law, As an Individual
  • Thai Truong, Drugs and Vice, York Regional Police

Justice and Human Rights Committee, on July 7, 2014

  • Donald Piragoff, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy Sector, Department of Justice
  • Nathalie Levman, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section, Department of Justice

Justice and Human Rights Committee, on July 9, 2014

Justice and Human Rights Committee, on July 15, 2014

  • Nathalie Levman, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section, Department of Justice

Justice and Human Rights Committee, on July 7, 2014

  • Andrew Swan, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Government of Manitoba
  • Julia Beazley, Policy Analyst, Centre for Faith and Public Life, Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
  • Diane Matte, Community organizer, Concertation des luttes contre l'exploitation sexuelle
  • Rose Sullivan, Participant , Concertation des luttes contre l'exploitation sexuelle
  • Natasha Falle, Representative, Sex Trafficking Survivors United
  • Jean McDonald, Executive Director, Maggie's: The Toronto Sex Workers Action Project
  • Chanelle Gallant, Outreach and Community Support Worker, Maggie's: The Toronto Sex Workers Action Project