Protecting Canada’s Seniors Act

Written on February 19, 2013 – 8:01 am | by Jasmine Sweatman

You may remember our earlier blog regarding the Protecting Canada’s Seniors Act (“Act”).  It was passed December 13, 2012 in parliament and received royal assent the next day.  The Act came into force 30 days after Royal Assent and is therefore law now.

The ministry’s statement after the passing of the Act was “This legislation builds on our previous record of raising awareness about elder abuse. All too often seniors are the victims of crime in our country and the message we are sending is that this conduct will not be tolerated.”

The Act adds to the criminal code sentencing provisions a specific consideration for the age of the victim as an aggravating factor for sentencing purposes.   As mentioned in our previous blog, this is a good first step but still does nothing to help seniors who are being abused, it only gives a judge the power to increase the sentence of someone who is not only caught but found guilty of an offence against an elderly person.

Watch out for the first few cases applying this legislation to see how it works.

Lesson Learned: Judges can now take into account the age of the victim when sentencing criminals.

Until next time

Jasmine Sweatman/Jennifer Stebbing

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