CAEFS works to advance legislative change at the federal level to address pervasive and persisted issues that impact criminalized populations in Canada.
November 28th, 2023
CAEFS presented to the HOC Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
BILL C-40 is an Act to amend the Criminal Code, to make consequential amendments to other Acts and to repeal a regulation (an act to change how Canada responds to wrongful convictions).
Presently, wrongfully convicted people face a lengthy process full of barriers that make convictions very hard to overturn. The act aims to reduce these barriers by establishing a Miscarriage of Justice Review Commission. This change is the result of an independent commission which heard from many wrongfully convicted people.
While CAEFS welcomes Bill C-40, we developed several recommendations to the committee to ensure the Act can meaningfully and comprehensively respond to the many issues in Canada’s current approach to wrongful convictions.
On Oct 5th, 2023, CAEFS Executive Director, Emilie Coyle, presented to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on Bill C-48.
On September 22, 2023, CAEFS, Luke’s Place, Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) and the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic published ‘Proposed Amendments to Bill C-48 and Important Considerations about the Bail System: A brief on Bill C-48, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (bail reform)’ Submitted to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. On October 2, 2023 they release a press release regarding this brief.
On July 10th, 2023, CAEFS, The John Howard Association of Canada, Blac Legal Action Centre (BLAC) and Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) published a letter sent to all the Premiers in Canada on Canada’s Bail System and Bill C-48.
September 20, 2023
CAEFS’ Executive Director, Emilie Coyle and Associate Executive Director, Nyki Kish present to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on Bill S 212: An Act to amend the Criminal Records Act, to make consequential amendments to other Acts and to repeal a regulation.
This enactment amends the Criminal Records Act to provide for the expiry of criminal records. It also makes consequential amendments to other Acts and repeals a regulation.