DNA Data Bank Legislation - Consultation Paper 2002

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA LAUNCHES PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON DNA DATA BANK LEGISLATION

July 30, 2002

The legislation establishing Canada's National DNA Data Bank was proclaimed into force on June 30, 2000. Since that time, it has proven an effective tool in the investigation and prosecution of serious, violent crimes. Equally important, the law ensures that individual rights and freedoms are respected in the collection and use of DNA information.

In the two years since the legislation came into force, a number of issues have been identified through such fora as the Uniform Law Conference. The Department of Justice Canada wishes to seek the views of Canadians on these issues.

The consultations, led by the Department of Justice Canada in cooperation with the Department of the Solicitor General Canada, are part of the government's ongoing commitment to review and refine existing laws in response to evolving experience and stakeholder feedback. They are intended to support a Parliamentary review scheduled for June, 2005.

You or your organization are invited to participate in the consultation on Canada's DNA Data Bank legislation. Attached you will find a consultation paper that explains the issues on which your views are sought and provides you with some questions to help you respond.

DNA Data Bank Legislation Discussion Paper (PDF Version (211KB))

Please feel free to forward your comments by November 1, 2002:

By mail to:
DNA Data Bank Legislation Discussion Paper
Department of Justice Canada
Criminal Law Policy Section
284 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H8

By Fax to: (613) 941-9310

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the safety and security of Canadians. This consultation is an important element in these efforts, and will help ensure that this important investigative tool is being used effectively and appropriately.

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