Prostitution Policy in Canada: Models, Ideologies, and Moving Forward

In response to a ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada that Canada’s prostitution laws were unconstitutional and inappropriate, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (Bill C-36) was introduced in June by Justice Minister Peter MacKay. If enacted as drafted, the new legislation will effectively make prostitution illegal for the first time in Canada.  

Beginning September 9, 2014, Bill C-36 will be before the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee of the Senate for review. In anticipation of the Senate of Canada’s review of this legislation, the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) developed Prostitution Policy in Canada: Models, Ideologies, and Moving Forward; a discussion paper that serves to analyze and react to Bill C-36 from various perspectives, including feminist and harm reduction approaches, in the hopes of generating a social work dialogue around the issue.