(L-R): Debra Tomlinson, CEO, Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services; Elizabeth Halpin, survivor; Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General; Mary Jane James, Executive Director, Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton

Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General has said that “By eliminating limitation periods, we are making space for survivors of sexual and domestic violence to come forward when they are ready. We respect the time it may take to do this. If passed, Bill 2 will improve the lives of these Albertans.” and

Debra Tomlinson, CEO, Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services has said that “This change in legislation increases the opportunities for those who have experienced sexual assault to find justice. This gives survivors another avenue to seek reparation while holding those who commit sexual assault accountable.”

Currently, the Limitations Act specifies that any civil claim arising from an assault must be started within two years from when the person knows of the incident.

If passed, Bill 2 would remove limitation periods for the following types of claims:

  • sexual assault
  • sexual misconduct involving a minor, intimate relationship or dependent
  • non-sexual assault involving a minor, intimate relationship or dependent.
  • Eliminating limitation periods for sexual assault would put Alberta in line with most provinces. However, Alberta would lead the nation in addressing sexual misconduct in intimate relationships, as no other jurisdiction in Canada expressly states this in legislation.

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