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Ottawa, Mar 10 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made jointly on Mar 9 by David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, regarding proposed legislative amendments to Criminal Code, relating to Canada's conversion therapy-related conduct, media reports said.
David Lametti . Image credit: Twitter handle
Interim results of the 2019-2020 Community-Based Research Centre Sex Now Survey showed that 1 in 5 sexual minority men have been subjected to sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression change efforts.
The 2011-2012 results of the Survey also showed that lower income, Indigenous and trans persons were more vulnerable to conversion therapy.
Being aware that Canadians Diversity and inclusion are among Canada’s greatest strengths, and to ensure the safety of Canadians' identities, Government of Canada is acting on its commitment to criminalize conversion therapy in Canada.
“Conversion therapy is a cruel practice that can lead to life-long trauma, particularly for young people...to protecting the dignity and equality rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit Canadians, by criminalizing a practice...If passed, this bill would make Canada’s laws on conversion therapy the most progressive and comprehensive in the world," said Lametti.
“We all have a role to play to make sure LGBTQ2 persons feel safe and can fully participate in Canadian society...to ensure that everyone, everywhere in Canada can be who they truly are, and live full, healthy, and safe lives,” said Chagger.
The legislation proposes five new Criminal Code offences related to conversion therapy which include: causing a minor to undergo conversion therapy; removing a minor from Canada to undergo conversion therapy abroad; causing a person to undergo conversion therapy against their will; profiting from providing conversion therapy; and advertising an offer to provide conversion therapy.
Conversion therapy reflects myths and stereotypes about LGBTQ2 persons, in particular that sexual orientations other than heterosexual, and gender identities other than cisgender, can and should be changed. The practice can take various forms, including counselling and behavioural modification.
Criminal law reform is an important step toward protecting LGBTQ2 persons and promoting their rights.
The Government of Canada is committed to working with provinces, territories, municipalities and stakeholders to ensure that Canadians, regardless of their gender expression, gender identity, or sexual orientation, enjoy equal rights and freedom.
Practice and promotion of conversion therapy within their city limits is being banned by some Canadian municipalities, such as Vancouver, B.C., and Calgary, Edmonton, St. Albert, Strathcona County, Lethbridge, Wood Buffalo and Spruce Grove, Alberta.
Legislation has been enacted in Ontario, Nova Scotia and PEI to specify that conversion therapy is not an insured health service. Health care professionals are banned from providing treatment to minors, unless they are capable of consenting.
Manitoba has implemented non-legislative measures to facilitate health professionals to discontinue conversion therapy practice in the province.