Devising effective legislative and policy strategies for dealing with polygamy in Canada requires an analysis as to how practices associated with plural marriage affect the lives of women. This report seeks to illuminate how life within a polygamous marriage might affect women’s social and economic status, as well as their overall health and well-being. This report also undertakes an examination of law and policy approaches to polygamy worldwide, with a view to assessing whether existing responses to polygamy adequately address the needs, rights and realities of women living within plural marriages. Based on this analysis, recommendations are made as to the most appropriate approach to polygamy in the Canadian context.
Bala, N., Duvall-Antonacopoulos, K., MacRae, L. & Paetsch, J.J. (2005). An International Review of Polygamy: Legal and Policy Implications for Canada. In Polygamy in Canada: Legal and Social Implications for Women and Children: A Collection of Policy Research Reports. Ottawa, ON: Status of Women Canada.