Polyamory Continues To Grow In Canada

CPAA LogoAs February 14th approaches, the Canadian Polyamory Advocacy Association (CPAA) highlights the growing popularity of polyamory. For those who are polyamorous, Valentine’s Day is not just a celebration of one’s only love – but all our loves.

Research is showing that polyamory is more popular than once believed – and is growing. Newer research indicates an increase from under 1 percent to around 4 to 5 percent are in some sort of consensual non-monogamous relationship.

There are more books and articles about polyamory than ever before, with new stories and guides being published almost daily. And polyamory is starting to not only just make appearances in movies, but be the main focus in major motion picture releases such as Professor Marston & the Wonder Women.

Keeping pace with the growing popularity of polyamory, there are more places on social media where people – who are already polyamorous or are just trying it out – can find community, support, and practical advise. For Canada, the CPAA publishes a list of such groups at: polyadvocacy.ca/find-poly-community/.

“This year, Valentine’s is less about monogamous romance and returns to its true meaning of appreciation for all of our loved ones,” said Zoe Duff, spokesperson and coordinator of the CPAA.

It was only recently in 2011, that BC’s Supreme Court released the landmark ruling that Section 293 of the Criminal Code of Canada (the so called “anti-polygamy law”) does not apply to unformalized polyamorous relationships, opening inroads into making polyamory more popular and accepted in mainstream society across Canada.

Polyamory, or “ethical non-monogamy”, is the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved. Concepts critical to the practice of consent and other ethical behaviours within polyamory are gender equality, self-determination, free choice for all involved, mutual trust, and equal respect among partners.

The CPAA advocates on behalf of Canadians who practice polyamory. It promotes legal, social, government, and institutional acceptance and support of polyamory, and advances the interests of the Canadian polyamorous community generally.

For more information on the CPAA, visit polyadvocacy.ca or email info@polyadvocacy.ca. The CPAA is on Facebook at facebook.com/polyadvocacy/.

For more information on this release, contact: Zoe Duff, zaeduff@polyadvocacy.ca

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