Fridays’ Surrogacy eh?
In Canada, the laws of surrogacy fall under the”Assisted Human Reproduction Act”. This act covers everything from cloning to surrogacy.
Here is a quick synopsis of The Assisted Human Reproduction Act states the following:
- We, Canucks can not pay a fellow Canuck to carry our baby, it’s illegal.
- We can not pay an intermediary to “arrange” a surrogacy.
- A surrogate MUST be 21 years of age or older.
- We can pay all reasonable expenses to our surrogates.
- We can pay for loss related income (provided an OB says that they can not work).
So, what does this really mean, I’m not quite sure. There are agencies in Canada, some of them with fabulous reputations (note I have never worked with an agency – so can not personally vouch for anyone. I have worked with a “fertility coach” and that will be a whole other feature in a future post). As far as I know, none of these agencies have been prosecuted.
For the low down on IPs work with this legislation email me at email@example.com.
My only other tip on this legislation is that it is currently being examined by the Supreme Court of Canada. From what I understand Quebec is challenging the Federal Governments ability to write legislation that addresses Human Reproduction. Because of this challenge, and fear that if overturned the Quebec government will make Surroacy illegal, most clinics in Quebec are recommending that IPs work with surrogates from any other province, afterall no one wants to be mid- journey and realize that surrogacy is illegal.