St. Albert City Council to debate conversion therapy ban

City councillors in St. Albert are set to debate a ban on conversion therapy on Monday.

Councillor Natalie Joly introduced the motion in May that could impose a $10,000 fine on anyone advertising the therapy to minors within the city.

Conversion therapy attempts to change an individual’s sexual orientation.  It is opposed by the Canadian Psychological Association, World Health Organization and Amnesty International.

The motion will be up for debate once council meets at 3 p.m.

If passed, the ban would be similar to one implemented in Vancouver in June of last year and in Manitoba since 2015. Similar bans exist for youth in Ontario and Nova Scotia.

Last month, the United Conservative government disbanded a working group tasked with outlining the province’s strategy to the issue.

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