Bylaw No. 2021-51 The Prohibited Business Bylaw, 2021

This Bylaw is enacted with the objective of denouncing conversion therapy and protecting persons of all ages from all forms of conversion therapy in the City of Regina. City Council has determined that a prohibition on conversion therapy in the City is necessary to accomplish this objective and is supported by scientific evidence. Scientific evidence has identified that conversion therapy is harmful to persons of all ages and in all forms, whether or not the individual has consented to the treatment. In this respect, the City relies upon various expert statements and studies, including the statement of The Canadian Psychological Association as referenced in Conversion Therapy in Canada: A guide for legislative action (Wells, K (2020), as follows: “The Canadian Psychological Association endorses this national guide and opposes any therapy with the goal of repairing, changing, suppressing, or converting an individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, regardless of age. Conversion therapy, or reparative therapy, refers to any deliberate attempt to change the sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression of any person. It can include prayer or religious rites, modification of behaviours, and individual or group counselling. Scientific research does not support the efficacy of conversion or reparative therapy and its associated practices.” In addition, the practice of conversion therapy has been denounced by numerous other medical and government bodies including the Canadian Government, the Canadian Psychological Association, Canadian Pediatric Society and the Canadian Association of Social Workers.

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Last Updated August 18, 2021, 15:56
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