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Third Session, 29th Legislature, 66 Elizabeth II

THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ALBERTA

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MISSING PERSONS (SILVER ALERT)
AMENDMENT ACT, 2017

MR. SMITH

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Mr. Smith

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2017

MISSING PERSONS (SILVER ALERT)
AMENDMENT ACT, 2017

(Assented to , 2017)

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the
Legislative Assembly of Alberta, enacts as follows:

Amends SA 2011 cM-18.5
1 The Missing Persons Act is amended by this Act.

2 The following is added after section 2:

Silver alert system
2.1(1) In this section,

(a) “mental disorder” means a mental disorder as defined in
the Mental Health Act;

(b) “silver alert” means a broadcast messaging system that
disseminates information to the public through the
media and other means as soon as practicable after a
person who meets the requirements in subsection (3)
goes missing.

(2) For the purpose of collaborating to activate silver alerts, a
police service may enter into an arrangement or agreement with
one or more broadcasters and any other partners that the police
service considers appropriate.

(3) A police service may activate a silver alert when an
individual is reported missing to the police service if the police
service determines that the following requirements are met:


Explanatory Notes
1EXPLANATORY NOTES

1 Amends chapter M-18.5 of the Statutes of Alberta, 2011.

2 Section added establishing the silver alert system.


2(a) the individual is a missing person,

(b) the individual is a represented adult under the Adult
Guardianship and Trusteeship Act or an adult with a
cognitive impairment, mental disorder or medical
condition that may render the person vulnerable,

(c) the individual's safety and welfare are feared for given
the individual's cognitive impairment, mental disorder
or medical condition, and

(d) there is information available that, if disseminated to
the public, could assist in the individual's safe recovery.

(4) Subject to subsection (5), information obtained
independently of this Act that could assist in the safe recovery
of the missing person may be disseminated through a silver
alert, including the following information:

(a) the missing person's name;

(b) a physical description of the missing person;

(c) a photograph of the missing person;

(d) information about any medical conditions of the
missing person that might cause imminent risk;

(e) pertinent vehicle information;

(f) the place where the missing person was last seen;

(g) the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the
missing person.

(5) Personal health information may be disseminated under
subsection (4)(d) only if

(a) a police service reasonably believes that disseminating
the information will assist in safely recovering the
missing person, and

(b) the information is limited to the minimum amount
necessary to accomplish the purpose for which it is
disseminated.

(6) A police service may also disseminate through a silver alert
information released under section 7(3).


Explanatory Notes
2


33 This Act comes into force on July 1, 2018.


Explanatory Notes
33 Coming into force.


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Title: 2017 (29th, 3rd) Bill 210, Missing Persons (Silver Alert) Amendment Act, 2017