Canada at a Glance

 

Region Adoptee & Birthparent Access to Information Vetoes Passive
Registry
Government
Searches
Counseling Available
Alberta Yes Disclosure vetoes for adoptions finalized before January 1, 2005. Yes No Yes
British Columbia Yes. $50 fee for information. Both contact and disclosure for adoptions finalized before November 1996. Only contact vetoes for adoptions finalized after that date. Yes. $25 fee for registering. Yes. $250 fee for first search and $180 fee for each subsequent search. Yes, but not mandatory.
Manitoba No Adopted adults, birth parents, and birth relatives can file both contact and disclosure vetoes. Yes Yes Yes
Newfoundland and Labrador Yes. $50 fee for information. Adoptees and birth parents can file both contact and disclosure vetoes. Yes Yes Limited counseling available through PAS.
New Brunswick No

 
Not applicable Yes Yes  
Northwest Territories No, unless adoption finalized after November 1, 1998. No Yes Yes  
Nova Scotia No

 
Not applicable Yes Yes  
Nunavut   No

 
Yes Yes  
Ontario Yes

 
Disclosure vetoes for adoptions that take place before Sept. 2008. Only contact vetoes for adoptions finalized after that date. Yes Severe medical only No
Prince Edward Island No Not applicable Yes. Fees for registering and matches. Yes, only on behalf of adopted adults. $150 fee. Yes
Quebec No

 
Not applicable Yes Yes. $450 fee. No
Saskatchewan No, unless adoption took place after April 1 1997. Disclosure vetoes for adoption that were finalized after April 1, 1997. Yes Yes Yes
Yukon Yes Disclosure and contact vetoes. Yes Yes Yes