Status: Bill 8 introduced April 7
Ministry responsible: Justice and Solicitor General
Bill 8: the Protecting Survivors of Human Trafficking Act has been introduced to protect vulnerable Albertans at-risk of being trafficked and strengthen a survivor’s ability to get away from physically, emotionally and financially damaging abuse.
This bill is a key part of our action plan to combat human trafficking. Police reported 228 incidents in Canada in 2018 – 12 were in Alberta.
If passed, Bill 8 would:
- 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
Bill 8 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
If passed, Bill 8 would take effect upon receiving royal assent.
- Bill 8: Protecting Survivors of Human Trafficking Act (April 7, 2020)
- Statement on Human Trafficking Awareness Day (February 21, 2020)