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Table 1 Scope and commencement dates of legislative mandatory reporting duties for physical abuse, sexual abuse, and exposure to intimate partner violence: Canadian provinces

From: Does mandatory reporting legislation increase contact with child protection? – a legal doctrinal review and an analytical examination

Jurisdiction Physical abuse Sexual abuse Exposure to domestic violence (or family violence, or intimate partner violence)
Alberta 7 April 1966 7 April 1966 31 May 1984
British Columbia 23 March 1967 23 March 1967 1 June 2014
Manitoba 10 June 1974 10 June 1974 At latest by 1 January 2003a,b
New Brunswick 16 July 1980 16 July 1980 Not mandated
Newfoundland & Labrador 5 May 1972 5 May 1972 1981a
Nova Scotia 20 May 1976 20 May 1976 19 June 1990
Ontario 22 June 1965 22 June 1965 Not mandated
Prince Edward Island 24 April 1981 24 April 1981 At latest by 1 November 2003c
Quebec 28 December 1974 28 December 1974 9 July 2007
Saskatchewan 27 April 1973 27 April 1973 27 April 1973
  1. aUnable to pinpoint commencement date: year/time indicated is based on secondary sources [42] and analysis of available legislative materials
  2. bWhile the statute did not expressly apply to exposure to domestic violence, its broad provisions read together produced a legitimate interpretation that the duty applied to this exposure, and that this accorded with the understanding of stakeholders
  3. cs 3(f) of the definition of “child in need of protection” in the Child Protection Act version current to 1 November 2003, and s 22 mandatory reporting duty applying to a “child in need of protection” (electronic version of Act on CanLII current to this date). A search of PEI Hansard indicates no identifiable discussion of legislative developments prior to this date