Status: Bill 28 came into force July 23, 2020
Ministry responsible: Service Alberta

Overview

Bill 28: the Vital Statistics (Protecting Albertans from Convicted Sex Offenders) Amendment Act prevents anyone 18 years of age or older who has been convicted of designated sexual offences from legally changing their names.

Alberta already has some of the strongest legal requirements around name changes, including submitting an RCMP fingerprint confirmation letter. However, this requirement does not prevent sex offenders from being able to change their names. By closing this loophole we are taking a simple step to protect survivors, children and families in our communities.

Key changes

The act requires anyone 18 years of age or older to submit either a criminal record check or a police information check in addition to a fingerprint confirmation letter, as part of their legal change of name application.

Those convicted of designated sexual offences would be banned for life from completing a legal change of name in Alberta.

Designated offences include sexual exploitation, incest, aggravated sexual assault, child pornography, trafficking of a minor, and others as listed in subsection 490.011(1) (a), (c), (c.1), (d), (d.1) and (e) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Next steps

Bill 28 received royal assent and is in force as of July 23.

The Minister of Service Alberta has called on other governments across Canada to implement similar changes to prevent convicted sex offenders from completing legal changes of name in other jurisdictions.

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