The current legal situation

Towards the end of their term in government, the Conservatives enacted new laws pertaining to the sex trade. Based on the Nordic model, these laws legalize selling but criminalize purchasing.

The legislation passed to update the laws previously overturned by Canada’s Supreme Court is documented in the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act.

Current Legislation

Here are more details on how these changes were finalized into law, and which sections of the criminal code they impaced:

These laws were crafted hastily and likely will not withstand a Supreme Court challenge.


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