Original language of petition: English
The Government continues to deliver on its promise to work toward removing the stigma associated with convictions forsimple possession of drugs.
Originally introduced in Parliament on December 7, 2021, Bill C-5, an Act to amend the Criminal Code and the ControlledDrugs and Substances Act (CDSA), was amended in September to address concerns about the ongoing stigma associatedwith a record of conviction for simple possession of drugs. It now specifies that past convictions under section 4(1) ofthe CDSA for possession of controlled drugs must be kept separate and apart from other criminal convictions within twoyears of the Bill’s coming into force. For convictions after the coming into force, the record of conviction must be keptseparate and apart from other criminal convictions two years following sentence completion. This amendment isconsistent with the underlying objective of the Bill to address the negative consequences associated with simplepossession. The amendment acknowledges the calls from public health organizations and those who work withindividuals with addictions. It helps address barriers to successful reintegration into society and also helps address acontributing cause of the ongoing opioid crisis, namely the stigmatization of people who use drugs. Bill C-5 received Royal Assent on November 17, 2022.
Criminal records have a lasting impact on the ability of rehabilitated individuals to successfully reintegrate into societyafter overcoming personal challenges in their lives. Treating simple possession of drugs as a health and social issuemeans eliminating the stigma associated with convictions for simple possession.
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