Legislation to Crack Down on Cyberbullying Comes into Force

March 13, 2015

Tom Lukiwski, MP for Regina – Lumsden – Lake Centre today announced the coming into force of the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act. The new legislation demonstrates our Government’s firm commitment to help ensure that Canadians are better protected against online exploitation by helping to protect young Canadians from cyberbullying and to stand up for victims.

The new measures will help law enforcement officials better protect young Canadians from online exploitation. Our Government will continue to give law enforcement officials the tools they need to help prevent young Canadians from falling victim to cyberbullying.

The measures that are now in force build on the numerous measures implemented by our Government to help ensure the safety of young Canadians and bring the rights of victims back to the heart of the criminal justice system, including introducing Bill C-26, the Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act; introducing Bill C-32, the Victims Bill of Rights Act; bringing forward legislation to make the reporting of child pornography by Internet Service Providers mandatory; and launching the anti-cyberbullying awareness campaign Stop Hating Online, a comprehensive resource for parents and youth that includes information, advice, and tools needed to help identify, prevent and stop cyberbullying.

Quick Facts

  • The measures that are now in force make it an offence to share an intimate image without the consent of the person in the image.
  • These measures will also empower a court to:
    • Order the removal of intimate images from the Internet;
    • Order forfeiture of the computer, cell phone or other device used in the offence;
    • Provide for reimbursement to victims for costs incurred in removing the intimate image from the Internet or elsewhere; and
    • Make an order to prevent someone from distributing intimate images.
  • The Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act provides police with the necessary means to investigate crime in today’s high-tech environment while maintaining judicial checks and balances to protect Canadians’ privacy.

Quotes

“Our Government is committed to ensuring the safety of our children and youth, who deserve to feel safe in their communities and in their homes. When cyberbullying reaches the level of criminal activity, it can destroy lives. Sadly, cyberbullying is a harmful reality experienced by many young Canadians across the country. That is why I was proud to introduce the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act, to help better protect young Canadians from the harmful and devastating effects of cyberbullying. We are proud to announce that these important measures are now in force. For too long, the justice system was about protecting the rights of criminals, but our Government understands that the rights of victims need to be at the heart of the criminal justice system.”

Peter MacKay

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

“Our Government is pleased to announce the coming into force of legislation that demonstrates our firm commitment to ensuring that Canadians – and in particular children and youth – are better protected against online harassment.”

Tom Lukiwski, MP