Bill C-43 The Economic Action Plan 2014 Act has been introduced.
Division 17 of Part 4 of the bill will amend the DNA Identification Act to, among other things, create a national DNA-based Missing Persons Index (MPI) to help police investigations.
The MPI will be one of five new indices created in the RCMP’s National DNA Data Bank. These indices will be valuable new tools for investigating missing persons, unidentified remains and criminal cases, and will supplement the work currently undertaken by the National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains (NCMPUR).
The legislation introduced as part of the Government’s Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 2 includes important safeguards to ensure that the privacy rights of Canadians are respected.
Judy Peterson, the mother of Lindsey Nicholls who disappeared in 1993, has been a tireless advocate for the creation of a DNA-based Missing Persons Index, petitioning for the passage of legislation that has come to be known as “Lindsey’s Law.”