Ontario’s attorney general’s office has reviewed the new federal prostitution law very carefully and has found it to be constitutional.
Premier Kathleen Wynne had issued a statement the day after the law came into effect in December, saying she had a “grave concern” that it would not make sex workers safer.
Following this, she requested Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur to review the law and advise her on the constitutional validity.
Wynne says today that the review found “there’s no clear unconstitutionality” so Ontario will be upholding the law.
A coalition of sex-trade workers and their supporters has previously called on Wynne to not enforce the law, which criminalizes paying for sex, communicating for sex or advertising sex services.