Protect Canada's Prostitution Laws

Canada's prostitution laws are outlined in the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (PCEPA). As of February 2022, PCEPA is under review by the Federal Justice and Human Rights Committee and could be repealed.

We need to act together now to preserve Canada’s prostitution laws.

Send a Letter

Send this letter in support of PCEPA to the committee that is currently reviewing the laws. If you can, add a few lines to personalize the letter.


Contact Your MP

Ask your MP to stand up for PCEPA. Defend Dignity can help you reach out to them by phone, email, or even a zoom call.

Start by finding your MP.


Find Your MP



These guides will help prepare you for a phone call or zoom meeting with your MP. If you'd like, we can join you for the zoom call!

Call Your MP (PDF)

or

Meet Your MP (PDF)



When you do talk to your MP, share the following resource page with them.

Resource Page for Your MP

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“Because of PCEPA, I exited the industry in 2016” – Canadian survivor of prostitution


“PCEPA saved my life” – Canadian survivor of prostitution


"These survivors of prostitution think Canada should keep its End Demand prostitution laws" (includes video)



Listen to Survivors.


PCEPA follows the approach of the Equality Model to fight sexual exploitation: buyers of sex and third parties are prosecuted while individuals selling sex are given immunity from criminal prosecution. The goal is to eliminate demand for paid sex.

Some special interest groups are lobbying our government to fully decriminalize prostitution in Canada. A constitutional challenge has also been filed.  This would legitimize the buying of sex as an "economic transaction".

We believe any prostitution law should be survivor-informed. So what do survivors of prostitution have to say about this?

Find out in our new video "End Demand, End Exploitation". It features four Canadian survivors discussing the real harms of prostitution, why Canada's current "End Demand" laws work, and why full decriminalization works against women's equality.

Learn More

Our 4-part blog series "Prostitution in Canada" is a great resource for better understanding the deeper issues behind prostitution and Canada's prostitution laws.

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Watch Bill C-36

Watch this Parliamentary Committee video about Bill C-36, Canada's prostitution legislation.

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Did you phone or zoom your MP? If so, it's very helpful for us to hear about your experience so we can follow up with your MP.