Bill S-7 receives Royal Assent

On June 18, 2015, Bill S-7 the “Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act” received Royal Assent, meaning that the portions of the bill dealing age of consent to marry are now in force. The minimum age for consent is now codified as 16, with the requirement that parental consent be given for marriage of those aged 16-18. Other parts of the bill which amend the criminal code will shortly become law.

These provisions include:

• Making it an offence to celebrate, aid or participate in a forced marriage ceremony or a marriage ceremony where one of the partners is under 16;
• Making it an offence to remove a child from Canada with the intent of participating in a forced marriage
• Giving a judge the power to issue a peace bond to prevent someone from conducting or participating in a forced marriage.

Follow the link below to view the Department of Justice news release.