05.05.2023

Canada sets a new standard in accountability for modern slavery and human trafficking

Update on Canada’s introduction of world-leading modern slavery act

Earlier this week, the Canadian House of Commons introduced leading legislation in the disruption of human trafficking. Bill S-211, the Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act, passed the Senate and will receive Royal Assent to become law.

The new legislation requires businesses and government institutions to report annually on the risk of forced labour and exploitative child labour in their supply chains.

Those reports will be made publicly available and non-compliant businesses could face fines of up to $250,000 and potential criminal liability.

Prior to the debate on this legislation, STOP THE TRAFFIK submitted a statement of support for the Bill, which was sent to every Member of Parliament involved. This was because we understood the significance of the step forward this legislation was taking.

STOP THE TRAFFIK congratulate the Canadian Parliament on this ground-breaking step forward, which sets a new standard in accountability for modern slavery and human trafficking.

“Congratulations to all those who have persevered and led this change and to the Canadian Parliament for the debate and the successful outcome.

“This law drives up the risk to those who do not take action, whether they are unaware of the issue or fail to prioritise in order to prevent the harm modern slavery and human trafficking inflicts across our world.

“No single step of change is enough on its own, but our combined, collaborative efforts in driving progress is our road to disrupt and prevent.

“Good law not only matters, but can migrate and importantly mature into different jurisdictions. We look forward to seeing this law implemented. Onwards!”

Ruth Dearnley CEO STOP THE TRAFFIK Group

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