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Legal status of adoption in Canada

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In Canada, adoption is within provincial/territorial jurisdiction, and thus the law differs from one province or territory to another. Adoption by same-sex couples is legal in British Columbia,[1] Manitoba,[2] Newfoundland and Labrador,[3] Nova Scotia,[4] Ontario,[5] Quebec,[6] Saskatchewan,[7], the Northwest Territories.[8], and Nunavut [9].

In Alberta, stepchild adoption is allowed.[10]

Adoption by same-sex couples is illegal in New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. In the Yukon, the law regarding adoption is ambiguous. New Democratic Party Member of Parliament Libby Davies, has campaigned for national uniformity when it comes to same-sex adoption.

References Edit

  1. Sexual Orientation and Legal Rights (92-1E)
  2. Sexual Orientation and Legal Rights (92-1E)
  3. Sexual Orientation and Legal Rights (92-1E)
  4. Sexual Orientation and Legal Rights (92-1E)
  5. Child and Family Services Act, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER C.11, as amended; see also definition of spouse in Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER H.19, as amended.
  6. Sexual Orientation and Legal Rights (92-1E)
  7. Sexual Orientation and Legal Rights (92-1E)
  8. Sexual Orientation and Legal Rights (92-1E)
  9. Human Rights Program
  10. Sexual Orientation and Legal Rights (92-1E)

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