The provincial government is happy to see the RCMP are now actively participating in “The Interpersonal Violence Disclosure Protocol Act” otherwise known as Clare’s Law as their involvement will greatly expand the coverage.
Clare’s Law legislation authorizes police to disclose if an applicant’s intimate partner engaged in violent or abusive past conduct and if the applicant’s safety is at risk. Under certain circumstances, concerned family members may also access Clare’s Law. Saskatchewan residents have had the ability to access Clare’s Law through municipal police services since 2020. With this regulatory change, citizens can now do the same at their local RCMP detachment.
“The RCMP’s participation in Clare’s Law is a significant step forward in our efforts to prevent interpersonal violence,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said. “This change will ensure that everyone in Saskatchewan can take advantage of this legislation and the protection it offers right in their home community.”
Saskatchewan was the first Canadian province to adopt Clare’s Law. Alberta announced Tuesdayy that it is implementing similar legislation on April 1. Newfoundland and Labrador have also introduced Clare’s Law legislation.
“I am greatly encouraged that Alberta has announced the implementation of Clare’s Law,” Wyant said. “I encourage all other provinces to take this step to ensure that all Canadians are able to access the information they need to protect themselves and their loved ones from interpersonal violence.”