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Bill S-260, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (Conversion Therapy)

Criminal Code

Bill to Amend—First Reading

Hon. Serge Joyal introduced Bill S-260, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (Conversion Therapy).

(Bill read first time.)

The Hon. the Speaker: Honourable senators, when shall this bill be read the second time?

(On motion of Senator Joyal, bill placed on the Orders of the Day for second reading two days hence.)

 

First Session, Forty-second Parliament,
64-65-66-67-68 Elizabeth II, 2015-2016-2017-2018-2019
SENATE OF CANADA
BILL S-260
An Act to amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy)
 
FIRST READING, APRIL 9, 2019
 
THE HONOURABLE SENATOR JOYAL, P.‍C.
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SUMMARY
This enactment amends the Criminal Code to make it an offence to advertise conversion therapy services for consideration and to obtain a financial or other material benefit for the provision of conversion therapy to a person under the age of eighteen.
 
Available on the Senate of Canada website at the following address:
www.sencanada.ca/en



1st Session, 42nd Parliament,
64-65-66-67-68 Elizabeth II, 2015-2016-2017-2018-2019
SENATE OF CANADA
BILL S-260
An Act to amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy)
 
Preamble
Whereas the Parliament of Canada recognizes the damage caused by practices and treatments designed to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity;
And whereas it is important to protect the human dignity and equality of all Canadians by discouraging these practices and treatments in light of their negative consequences, particularly for young people;
 
Now, therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:
 
R.‍S.‍, c. C-46
 

Criminal Code

 
1The Criminal Code is amended by adding the following after section 172:
 
Definition of conversion therapy
 
172.01(1)In this section, conversion therapy means any practice, treatment or service designed to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity or to eliminate or reduce sexual attraction or sexual behaviour between persons of the same sex. For greater certainty, this definition does not include a surgical sex change or any related service.
 
Conversion therapy advertising
 
(2)Everyone who knowingly advertises an offer to provide conversion therapy for consideration is guilty of
(a)an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years; or
(b)an offence punishable on summary conviction.
 
Material benefit
 
(3)Everyone who receives a financial or other material benefit, knowing that it is obtained by or derived directly or indirectly from the provision of conversion therapy to a person under the age of eighteen, is guilty of
(a)an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years; or
(b)an offence punishable on summary conviction.
 
Published under authority of the Senate of Canada




explanatory notes

 
Criminal Code
 
Clause 1:New.