Ontario law would ban sex offenders from legally changing their names


Lawmakers in Ontario are on the brink of passing a bill that would prevent registered sex offenders from legally changing their names.

The bill, which was co-authored by Tory backbencher Laurie Scott, is almost certain to pass with the support of the party’s majority in the legislature. Under the bill, anyone on the province’s sex offender registry, including those convicted of child pornography and sexual assault, would be barred from changing their name.

This bill was first introduced by another Tory backbencher in 2020 but has yet to pass before the 2022 election.


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