Status: Bill 8 introduced April 7
Ministry responsible: Justice and Solicitor General

Overview

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.

Key changes

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

Next steps

If passed, Bill 8 would take effect upon receiving royal assent.

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