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Legislation: Child Exploitation

Criminal Code

The issue of child pornography is addressed specifically under s.163.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Bill C-22

Bill C-22, an Act respecting the mandatory reporting of Internet child pornography by persons who provide an Internet service, enhances Canada's capacity to protect children against sexual exploitation by making it mandatory for those who supply an Internet service to report on-line child pornography. The legislation helps safeguard children by improving law enforcement's ability to detect offences and reduce the availability of child pornography on the Internet.

Under the legislation, those who provide Internet services to the public are now required to:

  • Report tips they receive regarding Web sites where child pornography may be publicly available to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection; and
  • Notify police and safeguard evidence if they believe that a child pornography offence has been committed using an Internet service that they provide.

More Information: Legislative Summary of Bill C-22

Bill C-10

As part of its commitment to help ensure the safety and security of Canadians, the Government has introduced comprehensive legislation which includes proposed reforms to the Criminal Code designed to protect children from sexual predators.