In 2014, the Government of Canada under Steven Harper and a heavily biased process, a new set of laws governing sex work in Canada were confirmed into law. This effectively made sex work a criminal activity again with the purchase of sexual services being made illegal. There are also prohibitions against street sex work with clauses against being near schools or churches and communication for the purpose of sex work. These new laws are the same as the old laws which we, the bccec and other groups like PIVOT and SPOC fought for 7 years to bring down in a constitutional challenge.
This has been a disaster for sex working people in Canada with the same harms which initially brought down the laws being revisited through the new legal regime. We continue to fight in anyway we can to change attitudes towards sex work in Canada.
The following represents the current legal regime Canadian sex workers live with and is taken directly from the Government of Canada website;
1. This Act may be cited as the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act.