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Assisted human reproduction in Canada

Canadians experiencing infertility, single parents and same-sex couples are increasingly turning to assisted human reproduction (AHR) procedures to help build their families.

Health Canada is responsible for developing policy and regulations under the Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHR Act). We administer and enforce the Act and its regulations.

The AHR Act received Royal Assent in 2004 and was designed to protect and promote the health, safety, dignity and rights of Canadians who use or are born of AHR technology. The Act achieves this purpose by setting out prohibited activities related to assisted human reproduction that may pose significant human health and safety risks to Canadians or that are deemed to be ethically unacceptable or incompatible with Canadian values.

The Assisted Human Reproduction Act


Existing Regulations


Strengthening the Assisted Human Reproduction Act

In 2016, recognizing the need to strengthen the federal regulatory framework governing AHR in Canada, Health Canada announced its intention to bring into force the dormant sections of the AHR Act and to develop the necessary supporting regulations. Those regulations were pre-published in Canada Gazette, Part I for public review.


Past Consultations

Contact us

If you have a question about the Assisted Human Reproduction Act you can contact Health Canada in one of the following ways:

Office of Policy and International Collaboration
Health Products and Food Branch
Health Canada
Address Locator: 0601B
100 Eglantine Driveway
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0K9

Email: hc.bgtd_ahr-
Telephone: 613-957-2991
Toll free: 1-866-225-0709

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