Bill S-210: Restricting Young Persons’ Access to Pornography


Status: Passed the Senate; passed first reading in the House of Commons

Description: Makes it illegal to make pornography accessible to young persons online and requires pornography companies to verify the age of potential purchasers of pornography.

Analysis: This bill strengthens the prohibition of minors’ access to pornography by creating fines of up to $250,000 for the first offence and $500,000 for subsequent offences. Pornography companies cannot claim that they did not know the age of the pornography consumer (e.g. plead ignorance) as a way to get out of the fine but must verify the age of any potential pornography consumer. For more about this bill, read Pornography as a Public Health Threat.

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