The Protecting Canadians From Online Crime Act went into effect on March 9, 2015. The new legislation makes it an offence punishable by indictment under the Criminal Code to share intimate images without the consent of the person in the image. The purpose of this offence is to protect an individual’s right to privacy. Children and youth are also protected by Canada’s child pornography laws to ensure that no intimate images of any person under 18 is ever distributed anywhere, including online.

Additionally, judges now have the authority to issue an order to a custodian of a computer system (including an Internet Service Provider) to ensure intimate images and/or images depicting child pornography removed.

A summary of the legislation may be found here on the Library of Parliament’s website.