Canada’s Modern Slavery Bill

At least 1,200 Canadian companies import up to $34 billion in goods that may have been made by forced labourers overseas, according to a 2017 World Vision report. As a response, in early December Canadian Liberal MP John McKay tabled a Canadian Modern Slavery Act. The Bill is expected to be discussed in Feburary 2019. A demand for legislation to address child and forced labour in the supply chains of Canadian companies has grown due to other governments already passing legislation to increase transparency in supply chains, including the U.K., Australia, France and the State of California. Similar laws are pending in Switzerland and proposed in Hong Kong.

Sonja Duncan