Bill C-63: Online Harms Act

StatusPassed first reading in the House of Commons

Description: Regulates a wide variety of online harms including child pornography, non-consensual pornography, hate speech, promoting genocide, and promoting anti-Semitism. This includes once again adding hate speech as a violation of human rights under the Canadian Human Rights Act. This offence (Section 13) was removed from the Human Rights Act by the previous Conservative government.

Analysis: The provisions that propose to restrict access and dissemination of pornography are positive policies that ARPA has called upon in our policy report on pornography. However, addition of hate speech provisions in Canada’s Human Rights Act will likely lead to less freedom for Christians to proclaim the truth of God’s Word in the public square.

Articles: “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back in Online Harms Bill”

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