The Federal Government on Monday introduced a new legislation in a bid to ban the conversion therapy practices in Canada.
“Today, 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, introduced proposed amendments to the Criminal Code to ban so-called conversion therapy practices in Canada,” the Department of Justice said in a statement.
The statement further added that the bill would make Canada’s criminal laws on conversion therapy practices among the most comprehensive in the world.
The legislation proposes four new Criminal Code offences that would prohibit causing another person to undergo conversion therapy, removing a minor from Canada to subject them to conversion therapy abroad, profiting from providing conversion therapy, and advertising or promoting conversion therapy.
The proposed legislation would also authorize courts to order the seizure of conversion therapy advertisements or to order their removal from computer systems or the Internet.
Conversion therapy practices aim 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, the Department of Justice said in its statement, adding that they harm and further stigmatize sexual and gender-diverse persons and undermine their equality and dignity.
The Department of Justice also added that the practices reflect myths and stereotypes about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2) communities, particularly that their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression are wrong.