It was back in 2014, when the government of Canada introduced the Zero Tolerance to Barbaric Cultural Practices Act (Bill S-7). The Act was set to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Civil Marriages Act , and the Criminal Code by addressing the issue of forced marriages.

The Act (which is now set to become law) will bring the following changes to the immigration legislation:

  • The minimum age of eligibility to immigrate to Canada as a spouse will be raised to 18 years;
  • Proxi marriage (marriages by phone, internet, fax, etc) will be no longer recognized. An exemption for members of the Canadian Armed Forces is included.

It will also make an individual inadmissible to Canada on grounds of practicing polygamy (if the polygamy is practiced with a person who is or will be physically present in Canada.

On June 16, 2015, the Bill passed it’s third reading and is currently awaiting royal assent. Once the assent is obtained, the bill will become law amending the above mentioned legislation.

To read the full bill please click here.

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