Today's Date: January 27, 2022
Lument Provides $5.9 Million Taxable Forward Commitment for Seniors Housing Community in Denver   •   Evolent Health Named One of the Best Places to Work for LBGTQ+ Equality for Second Consecutive Year   •   MEDIA ALERT – With the 2022 tax filing season starting next week, taxpayers need to be aware of new complexities   •   Corteva Agriscience Earns Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index   •   Cook Center for Human Connection Partners with American Federation of Teachers’ Share My Lesson Platform to Offer Student   •   Enterprise Connect 2022 Expands Conference Program, Adding Keynotes from Google Cloud, Microsoft and RingCentral   •   Expedia Group Reveals Industry Outlook and Predictions for 2022   •   University of Phoenix Sponsors Social Roots Mental Health Summit   •   Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Announces Pay With Change Initiative, Mandating New Standards For Advertising In 2022 Issue: Progres   •   Reynolds American Inc. Scores 100% in Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2022 Corporate Equality Index   •   The Estée Lauder Companies to Webcast Discussion of Fiscal 2022 Second Quarter Results on February 3, 2022   •   Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Earns Top Marks in 2022 Corporate Equality Index   •   carafem Adds Rhode Island to Growing Number of U.S. States That Can Access Its Affordable, Convenient Abortion Pill by Mail Serv   •   Arcadis earns perfect score in Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2022 Corporate Equality Index   •   BD Recognized for Equality by Bloomberg, Human Rights Campaign   •   AVYA Skincare Selected as A Brand to Watch in 2022   •   Guidehouse Earns Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign's 2022 Corporate Equality Index for 13th Consecutive Year   •   ZT Corporate Appoints First Female Chief of Staff   •   Greenberg Traurig Again Earns a 'Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality' Designation; Top Score on HRC CEI   •   The Hershey Company Earns Top Score on Human Rights Campaign's 2022 Corporate Equality Index
Bookmark and Share

Joint Statement by Minister Lametti and Minister Ien on legislation to criminalize conversion therapy receiving Royal Assent

Joint Statement by Minister Lametti and Minister Ien on legislation to criminalize conversion therapy receiving Royal Assent

Canada NewsWire

Bill C-4, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy) received Royal Assent on December 8, 2021, and will come into force on January 7, 2022.

OTTAWA, ON, Dec. 8, 2021 /CNW/ - The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, today issued the following statement:

"We are very pleased that Bill C-4, which criminalizes conversion therapy practices, has received Royal Assent. This is an important achievement for LGBTQ2 communities in Canada, who have been advocating for the passage of federal legislation for years. We are proud and grateful for the unanimous support and expeditious approval of this bill by all Parliamentarians in both the House of Commons and the Senate.

"The consensus demonstrated by Parliamentarians in Canada is a part of an emerging global consensus surrounding the real and life-long harms for conversion therapy victims and survivors. In fact, with these changes to the Criminal Code, Canada's criminal laws on conversion therapy are among the most comprehensive in the world.

"This legislation represents an important milestone in the Government's commitment to protecting the dignity and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and Two-Spirit communities, by criminalizing a shameful, unscientific, and destructive practice.

"Upon coming into force on January 7, 2022, this legislation will protect all Canadians – regardless of age – from the harms of conversion therapy and from its commercialization. It will also protect minors from conversion therapy both in Canada and abroad.

"Efforts to change an individual's sexual orientation to heterosexual, to change an individual's gender identity to cisgender, or to change their gender expression to match the sex they were assigned at birth cause great harm. They are rooted in a wrong – and harmful – view that these facets of a human being can or should be changed to align with what has been perceived as 'normal' or 'natural'. This further stigmatizes LGBTQ2 persons and harms their dignity and equality. With this new legislation, the Government is standing with LGBTQ2 communities and reaffirming its commitment to ensuring Canada is a place where everyone is free to be their true and authentic selves.

"Criminal law reform is an important step toward protecting LGBTQ2 persons, but more remains to be done. We will continue to work with provincial, territorial and municipal partners, as well as stakeholders, to ensure that Canada is a country where everyone can be their true selves."

Quick Facts

  • According to the results of the 2019-2020 Community-Based Research Centre Sex Now Survey, 10% of sexual minority men who responded to the survey had been subjected to conversion therapy practices. The results of the Survey also showed that lower income, Indigenous, racialized and gender-diverse persons are disproportionately represented among those exposed to conversion therapy.
  • Ontario, Nova Scotia, PEI, Yukon and Québec have enacted legislation addressing different aspects of conversion therapy in their jurisdiction. Other jurisdictions have implemented non-legislative measures, such as Manitoba, which issued a position statement indicating that it expects health professionals to ensure that conversion therapy is not practised in the province.
  • Some Canadian municipalities, such as Vancouver, B.C., Calgary, Edmonton, St. Albert, Strathcona County, Lethbridge, Wood Buffalo and Spruce Grove, Alberta, Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan and Kingston, Ontario are banning the practice and promotion of conversion therapy within their city limits.

Related Products

Associated Links

Stay Connected

SOURCE Department of Justice Canada

Back to top
| Back to home page

White House Live Stream
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Sounds Make the News ®
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News