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Saskatchewan Updates Surrogacy & Donor Laws

Saskatchewan is set to enact its much anticipated Children’s Law Act which will at last provide legislative certainty regarding parentage in donor and surrogacy situations.  This is a celebrated achievement and reflects that modern realities of family building.  It is expected that the legislation will come into effect in March 2021.

It’s Official – Compensated Gestational Surrogacy Now Legal in NY

After years and years of effort, compensated gestational surrogacy is now legal in New York.  This is extremely welcome news for those with fertility issues and those in the LGBTQ community who need to turn to surrogacy to build their families.  This is exciting news from those of us looking from abroad and I continue […]

New York Legalizes Compensated Surrogacy

At last, after years and years of effort, New York’s new laws allowing for compensated surrogacy will soon come into effect. This is a tremendous achievement and will undoubtedly bring family building within reach for many in the LGBTQ+ community and those struggling with infertility.  I am hopeful that one day Canada will follow in […]

Compelling and Beautiful International Surrogacy Documentary

Every so often, you watch a movie that keeps you thinking about it even days later.  This was the case for me when I watched Ghosts of the Republique, a beautiful documentary that followed a gay French couple from the date of their marriage through to the birth of their first child who was born via […]

A Welcome Change to the Interpretation of “Parent” Under the Citizenship Act

The Canadian Government has announced that there will be a change to the interpretation of “Parent” under the Citizenship Act to allow for children born abroad to be recognized as Canadian citizens even if there is no genetic connection to the Canadian parent.  This is very welcome news to many same-sex couples and others experiencing […]

Guidance Document for Surrogacy, Sperm Donation, Egg Donation and Embryo Donation Published

On August 30. 2019, the Federal Government published its Guidance Document relating to the reimbursement of expenses for assisted human reproduction, including surrogacy, sperm donation, egg donation and embryo donation. Health Canada has also published expense templates included in the Guidance Document to assist those involved in Surrogacy, Sperm Donation, Egg Donation and  Embryo Donation. […]

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:  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 draft document until July 26, […]

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:

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.