Coercive control appeared in the revised Divorce Act as part of the definition of family violence, requiring courts to consider it when making any decisions related to children and parenting. Since then, there have been discussions at the federal level about making coercive control a criminal offence.
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights has produced a report on this topic.
Currently, Justice Canada and its provincial/territorial counterparts are engaging in consultations with community stakeholders about this. These consultations include online panels, to which a number of have been invited to make brief oral submissions and written submissions.