Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization
Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC)
Coalition canadienne pour réformer la criminalisation du VIH (CCRCV)

Community Consultation: Reforming the Criminal Code to Limit HIV Criminalization

Have your say on HIV criminalization!

On August 23rd, 2021, the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC) launched a community consultation regarding proposed Criminal Code reforms that would limit HIV criminalization.

The CCRHC has previously called for changes to the federal Criminal Code that would limit HIV criminalization. This call was in the CCRHC’s Community Consensus Statement released in 2017. Since then, CCRHC members have continued to press the federal government for action and have been developing some options for amendments to the Criminal Code. To learn more about the current state of the law and our proposed reform options, please refer to the Background Document.

To inform the next phase of our advocacy, the CCRHC has launched a cross-Canada consultation about those options with people living with HIV, people working in the HIV response, legal and human rights experts, and activists. The CCRHC wants your input.

This consultation will take place between August 23 – October 22, 2021 via an online survey. To take the survey, use this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P9FWMLQ.

In addition, there will also be a number of consultations led by community-based organizations. As they are organized, we will circulate information about consultation sessions through Coalition members’ networks and will post information here. If you would like to organize a consultation in or with your community, contact us here: ccrhc.ccrcv@gmail.com.

We ask that you distribute information about the consultation and the survey among your networks. We want to ensure that our community has the tools to understand the implications of various proposals for law reform. Outcomes of the consultation will help ground our efforts in the expertise, needs, and input of the HIV community and our allies as we work to limit criminal prosecutions against people living with HIV.


COCQ-SIDA + HIV Legal Network Zoom Webinar (FR)

Date: 6 Oct 2021, 1:30 – 3:00 pm ET

Registration Information: Please register here.

Target audience: COCQ-SIDA member organizations and their members, people living with HIV, people working in the HIV response, legal and human rights experts, and activists.


HIV Legal Network Zoom Webinar (moderated by Alexander McClelland, Assistant Professor at Carleton University) (EN)

Date: 6 Oct 2021, 1:30 – 3:00 pm ET

Registration Information: Please register here.

Target audience: people living with, affected by or at risk of HIV, people working in the HIV response, legal and human rights experts in HIV and other areas (sex work, drug policy, LGBTQ+ rights, etc.) and activists, across Canada.


Education and Consultation Session for Cis and Trans Women in Metro Vancouver (EN)

Date: 14 October 2021, 1:30 to 3:30 PT (tentative)

Target audience: cis and trans women living with HIV in Metro Vancouver

Please contact Andrea Krüsi (Assistant Professor at UBC, andrea.krusi@ubc.ca) for more information.