Return to


The provinces shown in yellow have opened their past adoption records


SUMMARY OF ADOPTION LAWS IN CANADA


British Columbia:(OPEN) for all adoptions prior to November 4, 1996. All adoption on or after November 4, 1996 will be open with no non-disclosure veto


* provided a non-disclosure veto has not been issued
** test case authorized disclosure of deceased birthfather's name

to view the British Columbia Adoption law

Alberta: (OPEN) for all adoptions effective November 1, 2004


* adoptees age 16 and older may receive identifying information if they are living independently from their guardian. If the adoptee is aboriginal identifying information is available at any age.

to view the Alberta Adoption law

Saskatchewan: (OPEN for all adoption records effective January 1, 2017)

View government publication here

Manitoba: (OPEN for all adoption records effective June 15, 2015)