PM Announces Strengthened Measures to Combat Child Exploitation

September 16, 2013 – Vancouver, British Columbia  Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced additional new legislation that will be introduced this fall to better protect children against child sexual exploitation in Canada and abroad. The Prime Minister was joined by Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors). “Our Government is taking strong action to keep our streets and communities safe for families, and above all, for our most vulnerable citizens,” said Prime Minister Harper. “We will ensure that Canada’s justice system is on the side of victims, and take further action to protect our own children, as well as those in other countries, from sex offenders.” The proposed amendments to Canadian law include:

  • New notification requirements for offenders on the National Sex Offender Registry who travel outside of Canada; and,
  • Better information-sharing measures between the police and border security to keep track of travelling sex offenders.

Furthermore, new legislation will also be introduced to establish a publicly accessible national database that contains information on high-risk child sex offenders who have been subject to public notification by the provinces and territories. These reforms build on the proposed measures announced on August 29, 2013 – which will also be introduced this fall – that would strengthen penalties against child predators.

PM announces plan to toughen laws against those who exploit children

29 August 2013 – Toronto, Ontario  Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the Government’s plan to introduce comprehensive legislation that will better protect children against sexual exploitation. The Prime Minister was joined by Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

“Our Government continues to help make our streets and communities safer by cracking down on predators who abuse and exploit children,” said the Prime Minister. “New legislative amendments will be introduced this fall to better protect children from a range of sexual offences, including child pornography, while ensuring that offenders receive tougher sentences.”

The proposed amendments to Canadian legislation would:

•Increase penalties for offenders who commit sexual offences against children, especially those who violate the conditions included in probation orders, prohibition orders and peace bonds; and,
•Ensure that sentencing takes into account each young life that has been devastated by a predator through ending sentence discounts for multiple child sexual offences.

This announcement is part of a broad range of actions our Government has taken since 2006 to protect communities from child sexual offenders, punish offenders to the full extent of the law, hold violent criminals accountable, enhance the rights of victims, and increase the efficiency of our justice system.