Everyone Deserves Safety

Because of a complex history of gender discrimination, racism, and colonization, many women, newcomers, non-binary and Two Spirit people find themselves in the sex trade.

Bill C-36 Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act

Bill C-36 was implemented in Canada on December 6, 2014. Before this Bill, prostitution was a criminalized act in Canada. Bill C-36 decriminalized prostitution, instead treating prostitution as a form of sexual exploitation instead of a criminal offence in need of punishment.

Bill C-36 is a critical first step in changing how prostitution is addressed in Canada, in law, in policy, and public attitude. The proposed law has the following objectives:

  1. Reducing the demand for sexual services
  2. Protecting those who sell their sexual services from exploitation
  3. Protecting communities from the harms caused by prostitution.

Bill C-36  begins to recognize the multiple challenges that prostituted people experience and their vulnerability to exploitation. 

View the Technical Paper on  Bill C-36, Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act.

On November 25, 2005, Bill C-49 (an act to amend the Criminal Code – trafficking in persons) came into effect. It created three trafficking-specific Criminal code offences: trafficking in persons, material benefit, and withholding or destroying documents.