Québec will Authorize the use of Surrogate Mothers
November 8, 2021 | Amendments to legislation
In Quebec, for as long as the Civil Code of Quebec has been in force and effect, contracts with respect to surrogacy were not a legally recognized form of procreation. This meant that although it was legally possible to use a third parties’ sperm to have a baby, it was illegal to use a third parties’ uterus. Therefore, the only couples that were able to have children were heterosexual couples and lesbian couples, and/or through adoption. This stipulation prevented two men, or any couple struggling with infertility from having a child through surrogacy. Therefore, the upcoming reform to the rules on surrogacy is a big step towards inclusiveness in growing a family in Quebec.
WARD V. GABRIEL
| Amendments to legislation
In 1975, Quebec enacted the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. Within this Charter, there are different rights and freedoms fundamentally stipulated with respect to citizens of the province. One aspect of the Charter applies to conflicts between individuals and the government. That being said, the rights and freedoms given are presumed to be of equal importance, unless circumstances dictate otherwise. This is exactly what was seen in the judgement ruled by the Supreme Court of Canada with respect to the case of Mike Ward v. Jeremy Gabriel.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
October 28, 2021 | Amendments to legislation
In June of 2021, the federal government declared September 30th a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation; a day dedicated to ‘recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools’. This day is meant to acknowledge the aboriginal culture and its people, and to bring to light the atrocities of the Canadian government and the church. It is a new federal statutory holiday meant to spread awareness of the Aboriginal culture and history.
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New Changes to the Divorce Act: What you need to know
March 16, 2021 | Amendments to legislation
After over 20 years of waiting, Canada’s federal family laws, specifically the Divorce Act, was finally amended. COVID-19 caused the delay of the date to come into effect by almost one year.
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A historic victory for the transgender and non-binary community of Quebec
February 25, 2021 | Amendments to legislation
On January 28, 2021, a historic judgment (Center for Gender Advocacy v. Attorney General of Quebec, 2021 QCCS 191) was rendered by the Superior Court of Quebec.
Amendements coming to the Québec Immigration Regulation for the Programme de l’expérience Québécoise
June 18, 2020 | Amendments to legislation
On May 28, 2020 it was published in the Gazette Officielle du Québec, a draft Regulation to amend the Québec Immigration Regulation for the Programme de l’expérience Québécoise.
First update to federal family law statutes since 1986
June 11, 2018 | Amendments to legislation
On May 22, 2018, the federal government introduced Bill C-78, the first update to family law legislation in over two decades.