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Federal Government Publishes New Regulations for Reimbursements Related to Surrogacy and Other Assisted Reproduction

On June 9, 2019, the federal government published new regulations regarding reimbursements related to assisted reproduction.  The new regulations can be found here: http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2019/2019-06-26/html/sor-dors193-eng.html  The new regulations will take effect in June 2020. Health Canada is also seeking input regarding its Draft Guidance Document and is accepting submissions regarding that ...
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Health Canada Releases Proposed Allowable Reimbursable Expenses for Surrogates and Donors

14 years after the Assisted Human Reproduction Act came into effect, Health Canada has released a list of proposed allowable reimbursable expenses for surrogates and donors.  Health Canada will consult the industry on these proposals until January 2019.  For more on this story, follow the link to the CBC article: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/assisted-reproduction-surrogate-sperm-1.4879572 ...
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An American Perspective on Proposed Changes to Canadian Surrogacy and Laws

An interesting article about the proposed changes to our surrogacy laws and the need for compensated egg and sperm donations in Canada: https://abovethelaw.com/2018/05/canada-reconsiders-its-harsh-stance-on-surrogacy/ ...
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Prime Minister Trudeau Says it’s Time to Talk About Compensated Surrogacy

Prime Minister Trudeau said that it is time to have a national conversation about compensated surrogacy, sperm donation and egg donation in Canada.  This follows the announcement that a Liberal private member's bill will be put forward in May to decriminalize compensated surrogacy, sperm donation and egg donation in Canada.  ...
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Compesated Surrogacy Conversation to Begin in Canada

I am very happy to hear that a Liberal MP is bringing forward a private member's bill in May with hopes of decriminalizing compensated surrogacy as well as compensated egg and sperm donation in Canada.  Click here for the full article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/decriminalization-surrogate-mothers-sperm-donors-1.4594733 ...
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Mitochondrial Replacement – time to revisit the ban?

An interesting read on mitochondrial replacement therapy which involves swapping a certain type of DNA between two women's eggs.  The procedure could prevent women from passing on fatal inherited genetic diseases to their offspring. http://nationalpost.com/news/canada-should-ok-three-parent-babies-commentary-argues-for-lifting-of-ban-on-controversial-technique ...
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Time to Update Canadian Surrogacy Laws

Professionals working in the assisted human reproduction fields are calling for the federal government to update the Assisted Human Reproduction Act to allow for compensated surrogacy.  Check out the link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/time-to-change-surrogacy-laws-in-canada-say-delegates-at-fertility-conference-1.4292981 ...
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Urgent Calls for Legislative Change in Australia re: Commercial Surrogacy

There are calls for urgent legislative change in Australia after the recent decision of the full Family Court concluded that parents who sought commercial surrogacy abroad could not be recognized as the legal parents of a child (now 3) in Australia. Follow this link to read more about it: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/surrogacy-decision-leaves-children-without-parents/news-story/865957dbf734bdda22a43b7d2933a05a ...
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Fertility Match – A New Fertility Consulting Company in Canada

I had the pleasure of speaking with Lisa and Liz and they are truly two amazing women.  I wish them the best of luck with their new Fertility Consulting business - Fertility Match! Whether you are a prospective surrogate, intended parent or egg donor, check out their website to learn ...
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Reimbursable Expenses for Donors and Surrogates to be Clarified Soon

Today Health Canada published policy proposals that will be used to guide the development of new regulations to the Assisted Human Reproduction Act.  One of the major changes to come will be the clarification of exactly what expenses are reimbursable to donors and surrogates. Click here to see the Health ...
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CBC Documentary – “Having Our Baby: The Surrogacy Boom”

An important documentary is airing tonight on the CBC's documentary channel.  The documentary is the result of North Vancouver filmmaker Nick Orchard's two years of work and is called "Having Our Baby: The Surrogacy Boom".  Mr. Orchard explores surrogacy in Canada from legal, ethical and medical perspectives.  The documentary is re-airing ...
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Manitoba’s Outdated Laws Place Burden on New Parents

We are fortunate here in BC to have a relatively new Family Law Act that makes a child born via surrogacy the legal child of the intended parents in a very streamlined way.  This was not the experience of a Manitoba couple whose biological child was recently born by a ...
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Another Wake Up Call for Clear Regulations

An Ottawa fertility doctor is alleged to have used his own sperm in an IUI procedure without the knowledge or consent of the patient.  Although this is an extremely unusual case, it does, again, highlight the urgent need for clear regulations in the industry both at a federal and provincial ...
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Group Campaigning for Ban on Surrogacy in Ireland

Surrogacy is not currently illegal in Ireland, but it remains largely unregulated.  Check out the below link: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/ban-on-surrogacy-in-ireland-urged-by-campaigner-1.2843260 ...
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New Regulations for Assisted Human Reproduction Act in the Works

Health Canada says that it intends to clarify the regulations surrounding assisted reproduction.  Although there is criticism, at least the discussion is now happening at the federal level and clear regulations for reimbursable expenses relating to surrogates, egg and sperm donors are on their way. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/assisted-reproduction-law-to-get-rules-update-health-canada/article32177146/ ...
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First Baby Born Using “Three Parent” Technology

A major breakthrough in modern reproductive medicine has been announced: the first baby with three genetic parents was born under the radar in New York about 5 months ago. It sounds radical, but the reality is that it is more like 2.001 parents, not 3.  In this case, the mother's ...
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Surrogacy in the News

Surrogacy is in the news lately and Canadian surrogacy agencies are seeing more and more foreign intended parents looking for surrogates here in Canada. Check out this CBC article about an amazing woman in Ottawa who has acted as a surrogate a number of times and has recently delivered a ...
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