On December 20, 2013 the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision which declared three provisions in the Criminal Code pertaining to Canada’s sex work laws unconstitutional. The laws against keeping or being found in a bawdy-house, living off the avails of prostitution, and communicating in public for the purpose of prostitution were held to violate the right to life, liberty and security of the person under s.7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. While this case has progressed in the courts over the past 7 years, there remains much confusion and misinformation about the constitutional challenge. The materials on this site are intended to assist the public in gaining a better understanding of the of the constitutional challenge to Canada’s prostitution laws in Bedford v Canada.
This site provides access to Full Evidentiary Record from Bedford v Canada, including the arguments from each of the parties, the evidence, and the decisions from all three levels of court.
In this interview by Steve Paikin of TVO, Professor Alan Young discusses the nature of the constitutional challenge.