• The FNQLHSSC welcomes the tabling of a bill that will recognize the legal effects of customary adoption in Quebec
Oct 27, 2016

Last October 6, the Minister of Justice, Ms. Stéphanie Vallée, tabled Bill 113: An Act to amend the Civil Code and other legislative provisions as regards adoption and the disclosure of information. This is the third bill to be introduced which aims to recognize the legal effects of customary adoption in Quebec following Bill 81 in 2012 and Bill 47 in 2013.

 

 

 

This bill is the result of the work accomplished by the working group on customary adoption as well as subsequent collaborations between First Nations and Inuit organizations, the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux and the Ministère de la Justice. It modifies, among others, the Civil Code of Quebec in order to incorporate the concept of customary adoption and create a communication mechanism between the First Nations communities, the Inuit and the registrar of civil status. The purpose of these amendments is to allow children who are adopted in a customary fashion to obtain a Quebec birth certificate on which the names of the adoptive parents are registered. According to the bill, it will be possible to ensure that the biological parents are still mentioned on this birth certificate and to indicate the bonds that will be preserved between the child and his or her biological parents. The FNQLHSSC will participate in future consultations and table a brief as part of a parliamentary committee.

 

 

The bill can be viewed online at http://www.assnat.qc.ca/en/travaux-parlementaires/projets-loi/projet-loi-113-41-1.html. For more information on the work being done, please contact Marie Noël Collin at marie-noel.collin@cssspnql.com or at 418-842-1540, extension 2805.