Mandatory reporting of child porn spreads

Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta clamp down — more could follow
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/04/2010

Across the country, mandatory reporting of child pornography is becoming more of a reality, with implications for employers and workplace policies and practices.

In April 2009, Manitoba enacted legislation that required anyone who finds child pornography to report it to Cybertip.ca, run by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, or they could face a fine of up to $50,000 and two years in prison. Just last month, Nova Scotia passed similar legislation, requiring the mandatory reporting of child pornography or a potential fine of up to $2,000 or six months in prison.

And two other provinces have legislation in the works, with Ontario’s Bill 37 receiving royal assent in December 2009 — and expected to come into force by January 2011 — and Alberta’s Bill 202 having its second reading in March 2010.