Spring 2017 - Bill 2: An Act to Remove Barriers for Survivors of Sexual and Domestic Violence
Bill 2 will eliminate limitation periods for launching a civil claim related to sexual or domestic violence.
Our government and caucus is committed to ensuring survivors of sexual and domestic violence are treated with dignity, compassion and respect.
Every other common-law jurisdiction in Canada except PEI and Alberta have removed or altered the limitation period for bringing a civil suit for sexual assault.
Sexual or domestic assault is a deeply traumatizing experience, and survivors should feel supported to come forward on their own terms, when they are ready.
Our caucus supports the government in their commitment to ensuring survivors of sexual and domestic violence are treated with dignity, compassion and respect.
The decision to report sexual or domestic violence is deeply personal and can be extremely difficult.
By eliminating limitation periods, we are making the legal system more accessible to victims of sexual and domestic violence.
Albertans have asked us to do this and we are listening and taking action to address their concerns.