Legal Chronicles

Bill on Prostitution 

Bill on Prostitution 

Since December 2014, the government, through Bill C-36 – Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act has decriminalized the act, but has criminalized the purchase of this service. 

This follows a ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada that gave the government a one-year delay in bringing forward legislative amendments that would ensure greater security for sex workers. 


New Features of the Bill on Prostitution


  • Under section 286.1 of the Criminal Code, it is forbidden, in any place, to obtain sexual services for remuneration or to communicate for that purpose.


  • Under section 286.4 of the Criminal Code, it is prohibited to knowingly engage in advertising for the purpose of offering sexual services for compensation.


  • Under section 286.2 of the Criminal Code, it is prohibited to obtain a material benefit, including pecuniary, that originates or was obtained from the commission of the offense relating to the purchase of sexual services.


  • Under section 286.3 of the Criminal Code, it is forbidden to induce a person to offer or render sexual services for remuneration or, in order, to facilitate the offense of obtaining sexual services for remuneration, to recruit, detain, hide or harbour a person who offers or renders sexual services for remuneration, or exercises control, direction or influence over the movements of such a person.


In all cases, persons who offer their own sexual services for a fee have immunity from prosecution for the commission of these offenses, when the only benefit comes from the sale of their own sexual services.


Controversy Related to the Bill on Prostitution

This bill is not unanimous, some experts and pressure groups representing sex workers already plan to ask for amendments considering that this bill will push sex workers to the street. 


If you face charges related to prostitution, MC2 Lawyers Inc. is here to help. Contact us without delay at 514-990-3430.