Protecting Young Persons from Exposure to Pornography Act

An Act to restrict young persons’ online access to sexually explicit material


In committee (Senate), as of March 16, 2021

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This enactment makes it an offence to make sexually explicit material available to young persons on the Internet. It also enables the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness to require that steps be taken by Internet service providers to prevent sexually explicit material from being made available to young persons on the Internet.


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PornographyPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

April 20th, 2021 / 10:10 a.m.
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Arnold Viersen Conservative Peace River—Westlock, AB

Mr. Speaker, the next petition I am presenting today is from petitioners across Canada who are calling on the government to recognize sexual explicit material online is many times depicting sexual violence and could be easily accessed by young people. The consumption of sexually explicit material by young persons is associated with a wide range of harms, including pornography addiction, the reinforcing of gender stereotypes, and the development of attitudes favourable to harassment and violence, including sexual harassment and sexual violence particularly against women.

Petitioners are calling on the government to recognize the harmful impacts of the increasing accessibility of sexually explicit material online for young persons. They are calling on the quick passage of Bill S-203 in the other place and for the government to recognize it. They are calling for the government to rapidly pass this bill.