Changes to The Victims of Interpersonal Violence Act and The Residential Tenancies Act

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

On April 10th, the Government introduced and passed legislation to support individuals fleeing interpersonal violence and families of victims of crime.

The Victims of Interpersonal Violence Act and The Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 will be amended to allow a tenant to end a fixed-term rental agreement with 28 days’ notice if they or their family members are being abused by another resident or former resident. The amendments bring Saskatchewan in line with some other Canadian jurisdictions, including Alberta who passed similar legislation last year.

The ministry is also amending The Victims of Crime Act, 1995 to expand compensation for counselling costs to include parents, siblings, and adult children of adult victims who have died as a result of violent crime.The legislation previously limited compensation for counselling to the spouse or children of an adult victim and the parent or sibling of a child victim.

For more information, please see the Government of Saskatchewan news page.

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