By Emily Chan, Canadian Civil Liberties Assoc.
April 14, 2022
In 1995, British Columbia became the first province in Canada to introduce a law creating “safe access zones” – commonly called “bubble zones” – around facilities related to providing abortion services.
Nearly three decades later, provinces are drawing from the same toolbox to create bubble zones around other healthcare facilities, following widespread protests against COVID-19 safety measures.
In light of these developments, here is a look at what bubble zones are, how they originated, and why there’s renewed interest in them today.