Status: Bill 8 came into force May 12, 2020, with exceptions
Ministry responsible: Justice and Solicitor General
The Protecting Survivors of Human Trafficking Act protects vulnerable Albertans at-risk of being trafficked and strengthen a survivor’s ability to get away from physically, emotionally and financially damaging abuse.
This act is a key part of our action plan to combat human trafficking. Police reported 228 incidents in Canada in 2018 – 12 were in Alberta.
The act will:
- adopt internationally-recognized definitions of human trafficking regarding:
- forced labour
- sexual exploitation, and
- trafficking of organs and tissues
- make it easier for survivors to get protection orders
- enable police to take quicker action to rescue survivors
- allow survivors to sue traffickers
- create a human trafficking awareness day in Alberta
The act also contains innovative measures unique to Alberta:
- adding a warrant permitting entry to help remove trafficking victims from unsafe situations
- including pet provisions in human trafficking protection orders
- Application for a human trafficking protection order
- Human trafficking protection order form
- Application to extend, set aside, or vary a human trafficking protection order
The act received royal assent and took effect on May 12, 2020.
- Bill 8: Protecting Survivors of Human Trafficking Act (April 7, 2020)
- Statement on Human Trafficking Awareness Day (February 21, 2020)