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The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

B.C. Reg. Notice

NOTE: Links below go to reg content as it was prior to the changes made on the effective date. (PIT covers changes made from September 19, 2009 to present)
SECTIONEFFECTIVE DATE
December 15, 2011
December 15, 2011
July 1, 2013
August 26, 2014
April 18, 2016
March 15, 2017
July 1, 2017
October 1, 2017

 Table and Heading BEFORE amended editorially, effective December 15, 2011.

Member Countries

As of February 1, 2010 the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspect of International Child Abduction was in effect between Canada and the following countries:

COUNTRYENTRY INTO FORCE
ArgentinaJune 1, 1991
AustraliaJanuary 1, 1987
AustriaOctober 1, 1988
BahamasAugust 1, 1995
BelarusJanuary 1, 2001
BelgiumMay 1, 1999
Bosnia and HerzegovinaDecember 1, 1991
BrazilNovember 1, 2003
BulgariaFebruary 1, 2010
Burkina FasoOctober 1, 1993
ChileAugust 1, 1995
ColumbiaDecember 1, 1997
Costa RicaJanuary 1, 2001
CroatiaDecember 1, 1991
CyprusJanuary 1, 1998
Czech RepublicMarch 1, 1998
Denmark (except the Faroe Islands and Greenland)July 1, 1991
EcuadorDecember 1, 1993
El SalvadorNovember 1, 2003
EstoniaNovember 1, 2003
FijiiJanuary 1, 2001
FinlandJanuary 1, 2001
FranceDecember 1, 1983
GeorgiaNovember 1, 1999
GermanyDecember 1, 1990
GreeceJune 1, 1993
HondurasAugust 1, 1995
Hong Kong (Special Administration Region of China)September 1, 1997
HungaryApril 1, 1988
IcelandDecember 1, 1997
IrelandOctober 1, 1991
IsraelDecember 1, 1991
ItalyMay 1, 1995
LatviaFebruary 1, 2010
LithuaniaFebruary 1, 2010
LuxembourgJanuary 1, 1987
Macau (Special Administrative Region of China)March 1, 1999
Former Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaDecember 1, 1991
MaltaNovember 1, 2003
MauritiusAugust 1, 1995
MexicoJuly 1, 1992
Republic of MoldovaJanuary 1, 2001
MonacoJune 1, 1995
The NetherlandsSeptember 1, 1990
New ZealandJuly 1, 1992
NorwayApril 1, 1989
PanamaAugust 1, 1995
ParaguayJanuary 1, 2001
PeruNovember 1, 2003
PolandFebruary 1, 1994
PortugalDecember 1, 1983
RomaniaJune 1, 1995
Saint Kitts and NevisAugust 1, 1995
Serbia and MontenegroDecember 1, 1991
SlovakiaFebruary 1, 2001
SloveniaAugust 1, 1995
South AfricaMay 1, 1999
SpainSeptember 1, 1987
Sri LankaNovember 1, 2003
SwedenJune 1, 1989
SwitzerlandJanuary 1, 1984
Trinidad and TobagoNovember 1, 2003
TurkeyAugust 1, 2000
TurkmenistanJanuary 1, 2001
United KingdomAugust 1, 1986
UK Isle of ManSeptember 1, 1991
UK Cayman IslandsAugust 1, 1998
UK Falkland IslandsJune 1, 1998
UK MontserratMarch 1, 1999
UK BermudaMarch 1, 1999
UruguayNovember 1, 2003
United States of AmericaJuly 1, 1988
UzbekistanNovember 1, 2003
VenezuelaJanuary 1, 1997
ZimbabweJanuary 1, 1998

 Acceding countries list BEFORE amended editorially, effective December 15, 2011.

Acceding countries with which Canada does not have an agreement in force:

Guatemala, Nicaragua, Thailand

 Table and Heading BEFORE amended editorially, effective July 1, 2013.

As of February 1, 2010 the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspect of International Child Abduction was in effect between Canada and the following countries:

COUNTRYENTRY INTO FORCE
ArgentinaJune 1, 1991
AustraliaJanuary 1, 1987
AustriaOctober 1, 1988
BahamasAugust 1, 1995
BelarusJanuary 1, 2001
BelgiumMay 1, 1999
BelizeSeptember 1, 1991
Bosnia and HerzegovinaDecember 1, 1991
BrazilNovember 1, 2003
BulgariaFebruary 1, 2010
Burkina FasoOctober 1, 1993
ChileAugust 1, 1995
ColombiaDecember 1, 1997
Costa RicaJanuary 1, 2001
CroatiaDecember 1, 1991
CyprusJanuary 1, 1998
Czech RepublicMarch 1, 1998
Denmark (except the Faroe Islands and Greenland)July 1, 1991
EcuadorDecember 1, 1993
El SalvadorNovember 1, 2003
EstoniaNovember 1, 2003
FijiJanuary 1, 2001
FinlandJanuary 1, 2001
FranceDecember 1, 1983
GeorgiaNovember 1, 1999
GermanyDecember 1, 1990
GreeceJune 1, 1993
HondurasAugust 1, 1995
Hong Kong (Special Administration Region of China)September 1, 1997
HungaryApril 1, 1988
IcelandDecember 1, 1997
IrelandOctober 1, 1991
IsraelDecember 1, 1991
ItalyMay 1, 1995
LatviaFebruary 1, 2010
LithuaniaFebruary 1, 2010
LuxembourgJanuary 1, 1987
Macau (Special Administrative Region of China)March 1, 1999
Former Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaDecember 1, 1991
MaltaNovember 1, 2003
MauritiusAugust 1, 1995
MexicoJuly 1, 1992
Republic of MoldovaJanuary 1, 2001
MonacoJune 1, 1995
The NetherlandsSeptember 1, 1990
New ZealandJuly 1, 1992
NorwayApril 1, 1989
PanamaAugust 1, 1995
ParaguayJanuary 1, 2001
PeruNovember 1, 2003
PolandFebruary 1, 1994
PortugalDecember 1, 1983
RomaniaJune 1, 1995
Saint Kitts and NevisAugust 1, 1995
Serbia and MontenegroDecember 1, 1991
SlovakiaFebruary 1, 2001
SloveniaAugust 1, 1995
South AfricaMay 1, 1999
SpainSeptember 1, 1987
Sri LankaNovember 1, 2003
SwedenJune 1, 1989
SwitzerlandJanuary 1, 1984
Trinidad and TobagoNovember 1, 2003
TurkeyAugust 1, 2000
TurkmenistanJanuary 1, 2001
United KingdomAugust 1, 1986
UK AnguillaSeptember 1, 2007
UK BermudaMarch 1, 1999
UK Cayman IslandsAugust 1, 1998
UK Falkland IslandsJune 1, 1998
UK Isle of ManSeptember 1, 1991
UK JerseyMarch 1, 2006
UK MontserratMarch 1, 1999
United States of AmericaJuly 1, 1988
UruguayNovember 1, 2003
UzbekistanNovember 1, 2003
VenezuelaJanuary 1, 1997
ZimbabweJanuary 1, 1998

Acceding countries with which Canada does not have an agreement in force:

Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Dominican Republic, Gabon, Guatemala, Morocco, Nicaragua, Russian Federation, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Thailand, Ukraine.

 Table and Heading BEFORE amended editorially, effective August 26, 2014.

As of July 1, 2013 the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction was in effect between Canada and the following countries:

COUNTRYENTRY INTO FORCE
ArgentinaJune 1, 1991
AustraliaJanuary 1, 1987
AustriaOctober 1, 1988
BahamasAugust 1, 1995
BelarusJanuary 1, 2001
BelgiumMay 1, 1999
BelizeSeptember 1, 1991
Bosnia and HerzegovinaDecember 1, 1991
BrazilNovember 1, 2003
BulgariaFebruary 1, 2010
Burkina FasoOctober 1, 1993
ChileAugust 1, 1995
ColombiaDecember 1, 1997
Costa RicaJanuary 1, 2001
CroatiaDecember 1, 1991
CyprusJanuary 1, 1998
Czech RepublicMarch 1, 1998
Denmark (except the Faroe Islands and Greenland)July 1, 1991
EcuadorDecember 1, 1993
El SalvadorNovember 1, 2003
EstoniaNovember 1, 2003
FijiJanuary 1, 2001
FinlandJanuary 1, 2001
FranceDecember 1, 1983
GeorgiaNovember 1, 1999
GermanyDecember 1, 1990
GreeceJune 1, 1993
HondurasAugust 1, 1995
Hong Kong (Special Administration Region of China)September 1, 1997
HungaryApril 1, 1988
IcelandDecember 1, 1997
IrelandOctober 1, 1991
IsraelDecember 1, 1991
ItalyMay 1, 1995
LatviaFebruary 1, 2010
LithuaniaFebruary 1, 2010
LuxembourgJanuary 1, 1987
Macau (Special Administrative Region of China)March 1, 1999
Former Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaDecember 1, 1991
MaltaNovember 1, 2003
MauritiusAugust 1, 1995
MexicoJuly 1, 1992
Republic of MoldovaJanuary 1, 2001
MonacoJune 1, 1995
The NetherlandsSeptember 1, 1990
New ZealandJuly 1, 1992
NorwayApril 1, 1989
PanamaAugust 1, 1995
ParaguayJanuary 1, 2001
PeruNovember 1, 2003
PolandFebruary 1, 1994
PortugalDecember 1, 1983
RomaniaJune 1, 1995
Saint Kitts and NevisAugust 1, 1995
Serbia and MontenegroDecember 1, 1991
SlovakiaFebruary 1, 2001
SloveniaAugust 1, 1995
South AfricaMay 1, 1999
SpainSeptember 1, 1987
Sri LankaNovember 1, 2003
SwedenJune 1, 1989
SwitzerlandJanuary 1, 1984
Trinidad and TobagoNovember 1, 2003
TurkeyAugust 1, 2000
TurkmenistanJanuary 1, 2001
United KingdomAugust 1, 1986
UK AnguillaSeptember 1, 2007
UK BermudaMarch 1, 1999
UK Cayman IslandsAugust 1, 1998
UK Falkland IslandsJune 1, 1998
UK Isle of ManSeptember 1, 1991
UK JerseyMarch 1, 2006
UK MontserratMarch 1, 1999
United States of AmericaJuly 1, 1988
UruguayNovember 1, 2003
UzbekistanNovember 1, 2003
VenezuelaJanuary 1, 1997
ZimbabweJanuary 1, 1998

Acceding countries with which Canada does not have an agreement in force:

Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Dominican Republic, Gabon, Guatemala, Guinea, Kazakhstan, Lesotho, Morocco, Nicaragua, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Thailand and Ukraine.

 "Morocco" was removed from the Table and added to the list of acceding countries editorially, effective April 18, 2016.

 "Republic of the Philippines," was added to the list of acceding countries editorially, effective March 15, 2017.

 Table and Heading BEFORE amended editorially, effective July 1, 2017.

As of March 15, 2017 the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction was in effect between Canada and the following countries:

COUNTRYENTRY INTO FORCE
AlbaniaJanuary 1, 2015
AndorraJanuary 1, 2015
ArgentinaJune 1, 1991
AustraliaJanuary 1, 1987
AustriaOctober 1, 1988
BahamasAugust 1, 1995
BelarusJanuary 1, 2001
BelgiumMay 1, 1999
BelizeSeptember 1, 1991
Bosnia and HerzegovinaDecember 1, 1991
BrazilNovember 1, 2003
BulgariaFebruary 1, 2010
Burkina FasoOctober 1, 1993
ChileAugust 1, 1995
ColombiaDecember 1, 1997
Costa RicaJanuary 1, 2001
CroatiaDecember 1, 1991
CyprusJanuary 1, 1998
Czech RepublicMarch 1, 1998
Denmark (except the Faroe Islands and Greenland)July 1, 1991
Dominican RepublicJanuary 1, 2015
EcuadorDecember 1, 1993
El SalvadorNovember 1, 2003
EstoniaNovember 1, 2003
FijiJanuary 1, 2001
FinlandJanuary 1, 2001
FranceDecember 1, 1983
GeorgiaNovember 1, 1999
GermanyDecember 1, 1990
GreeceJune 1, 1993
HondurasAugust 1, 1995
Hong Kong (Special Administration Region of China)September 1, 1997
HungaryApril 1, 1988
IcelandDecember 1, 1997
IrelandOctober 1, 1991
IsraelDecember 1, 1991
ItalyMay 1, 1995
JapanApril 1, 2014
LatviaFebruary 1, 2010
LithuaniaFebruary 1, 2010
LuxembourgJanuary 1, 1987
Macau (Special Administrative Region of China)March 1, 1999
Former Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaDecember 1, 1991
MaltaNovember 1, 2003
MauritiusAugust 1, 1995
MexicoJuly 1, 1992
Republic of MoldovaJanuary 1, 2001
MonacoJune 1, 1995
The NetherlandsSeptember 1, 1990
New ZealandJuly 1, 1992
NorwayApril 1, 1989
PanamaAugust 1, 1995
ParaguayJanuary 1, 2001
PeruNovember 1, 2003
PolandFebruary 1, 1994
PortugalDecember 1, 1983
RomaniaJune 1, 1995
Russian FederationJanuary 1, 2015
Saint Kitts and NevisAugust 1, 1995
San MarinoJanuary 1, 2015
Serbia and MontenegroDecember 1, 1991
SingaporeJanuary 1, 2015
SlovakiaFebruary 1, 2001
SloveniaAugust 1, 1995
South AfricaMay 1, 1999
SpainSeptember 1, 1987
Sri LankaNovember 1, 2003
SwedenJune 1, 1989
SwitzerlandJanuary 1, 1984
Trinidad and TobagoNovember 1, 2003
TurkeyAugust 1, 2000
TurkmenistanJanuary 1, 2001
UkraineJanuary 1, 2015
United KingdomAugust 1, 1986
UK AnguillaSeptember 1, 2007
UK BermudaMarch 1, 1999
UK Cayman IslandsAugust 1, 1998
UK Falkland IslandsJune 1, 1998
UK Isle of ManSeptember 1, 1991
UK JerseyMarch 1, 2006
UK MontserratMarch 1, 1999
United States of AmericaJuly 1, 1988
UruguayNovember 1, 2003
UzbekistanNovember 1, 2003
VenezuelaJanuary 1, 1997
ZimbabweJanuary 1, 1998

 Acceding countries list BEFORE amended editorially, effective July 1, 2017.

Acceding countries with which Canada does not have an agreement in force:

Armenia, Gabon, Guatemala, Guinea, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Lesotho, Morocco, Nicaragua, Republic of the Philippines, Seychelles, Thailand and Republic of Zambia.

 Heading BEFORE amended editorially, effective October 1, 2017

The text of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is published in the B.C. Gazette Part II, Volume 27 (1984), No. 2, page 5.

For any further information about the Convention, contact

Penelope Lipsack

Ministry of Justice

Legal Services Branch

1001 Douglas Street

Victoria, B.C. V8W 9J7

Telephone: 236 422-2700

Fax: 250 356-8992

Email: Penelope.Lipsack@gov.bc.ca

As of July 1, 2017 the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction was in effect between Canada and the following countries:

 Acceding countries list BEFORE amended editorially, effective October 1, 2017

Acceding countries with which Canada does not have an agreement in force:

Armenia, Bolivia, Gabon, Guatemala, Guinea, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Lesotho, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Republic of the Philippines, Russian Federation, Seychelles, Thailand and Republic of Zambia.