Erasing Family, a Documentary Film Co-Produced by CCMF

Public Policy


Justin Trottier, Executive Director
Canadian Centre for Men and Families


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Learn more about parental alienation in order to reduce its prevalence.

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1. Organize your own screening.

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3. Advance public policies that makes separation and divorce healthier for children.

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Erasing Family, Co-Produced by the Canadian Centre for Men and Families, is a ground-breaking documentary film that spotlights the devastating consequences of parental alienation. The film led directly to global efforts to reform divorce and family law.

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A loving parent being erased from the life of his or her child is one of the most significant public health crises of our time. In Canada and the US, over 25 million parents are being erased – for no good reason – from their children’s lives after divorce or separation.

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Join a mass movement of citizens working to make progressive change happen across Canada.

Erasing Family spotlights the devastating consequences of parental alienation. The documentary follows young adults fighting to reunite with their broken families and offers a concrete road-map for public policy and community service improvements.

Nanos poll: 70% of Canadians support a rebuttable presumption of equal parenting and only 13% oppose it. See 2017 Nanos Equal Parenting Poll.pdf

Prior to these public events, the film was screened privately to great acclaim at the conferences for the Association of Family & Conciliation Courts, the American Psychological Association and the Parental Alienation Study Group


“It’s hard when you have to stop and think that your child wants nothing to do with you because of what they’ve been taught.”
– Dizzy Lerner, Alienated father, as interviewed in the documentray Erasing Family

“One parent gets to be a parent and the other gets to be at best a visitor and at worst completely erased.”
– Dr. Christine Giancarlo, Anthropologist, Mount Royal University (Calgary), and author, Parentectomy

“I want to hug my daughter but I can’t. And I couldn’t get any help.”
– Kris, Client, Father support group at the Canadian Centre for Men and Families

“Parental alienation devastates families. I’ve spoken to young fathers who were suicidal. There’s not much support, other than the Canadian Centre for Men and Families, for fathers who are alienated and trying to rebuild relationships with their kids”
– George, Client, Father support group at the Canadian Centre for Men and Families

About the Film

Erasing family bonds after divorce or separation is a leading cause of preventable childhood trauma. For change to happen, non-victims and institutions need to make divorce part of their agenda of social reform. Through personal narratives and legal analysis, Erasing Family educates families on how to make informed choices and mobilize representatives. Audiences will leave knowing that courtroom custody battles and their emotional consequences can be prevented with court reform and laws that promote shared parenting, as well as shifting resources to help families instead of encouraging them to fight.

Told from the point view of the children, Erasing Family attempts to heal from the consequences of courtroom decisions while endeavoring to build a DIY grassroots movement for social change. While the stories told are tragic, we show that happy endings are possible and inspire other children to reunite with their erased families.

The need is urgent. Although over 70% of Canadians support a presumption of equal parenting by mothers and fathers in the event of separation or divorce, and despite research showing that equal parenting has the best outcomes for children, legislative efforts have been repeatedly blocked. Efforts to reform family court by streamlining protocols and offering free or low cost mediation services remain fractured. We are determined to raise awareness that erasing family bonds after divorce or separation is one of the leading cause of preventable childhood trauma and through the film, trigger a mass movement to preserve family bonds.

CCMF hosted all Canadian Premiere Screenings of Erasing Family.

Past Canadian Premiere Events

Lethbridge: Saturday, November 9. Doors open 3:15pm. Movie starts 3:30pm. The Movie Mill @ 1710 Mayor Magrath Dr S, Lethbridge, AB T1K 2R5
Brampton: Wednesday, November 13 at 6:30PM. Brampton Towers Party Room, 85 Charolais Boulevard, Brampton, Ontario, L6Y2R8
Barrie, Ontario: Friday, November 22 at 7:00PM. 12 Chase McEachern Way, Barrie, ON, L4M1A1
Medicine Hat: Saturday, November 23 at 2:00pm. Esplanade Studio Theatre @ 401 First St SE, Medicine Hat, AB, T1A8W2
Calgary: Wednesday, October 9 at 7:00PM. Jenkins Theatre (Room I115), Mount Royal University. 4825 Mt Royal Gate SW., Calgary, Alberta, T3E 6K6
Toronto: Thursday, October 10 at 7:00PM and Friday, October 18 at 7:00PM. JJR Macleod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building. 1 King’s College Circle, Toronto, Ontario, M5S3K1
Saskatoon: October 12, 2019 at 7:00PM
Edmonton: October 17 at 7:00PM. Theatre L1-190, Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) Building, University of Alberta, 11405 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 1C9
Ottawa: Friday, October 18 at 7:00PM. Champlain Room, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1
Winnipeg: Saturday, October 19 at 2:30PM. Ambassador E Room, Canad Inns Destination Centre Windsor Park, 1034 Elizabeth Rd, Winnipeg, MB R2J 1B3, Dauphin, MB
Vancouver: Sunday, November 3. Doors open 2:00PM. Screening starts 3:00PM. The Theatre at UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC Canada V6Z 3B7


New Documentary Exposes Trauma Inflicted on Children by Canada’s Family Court System

Canadian Screenings of “Erasing Family” Start Oct 9th, Run in Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat

TORONTO, ON — (October 8, 2019) – The new documentary Erasing Family gives voice to the avoidable trauma experienced by over one million Canadian children of divorcing parents. The film will premiere at venues across Canada starting October 9th, with screenings scheduled in Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat.
The goal of this film is to make family break-up healthier for children by offering a concrete road-map for policy and service improvements. This message resonates with a broad consensus that we have a broken family law system that urgently needs repair.

“With an election around the corner, the film is a wake up call to policy makers to work toward structural reform that puts children first,” said Justin Trottier, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Men and Families, a men’s health agency that co-produced the film.

The film interviews activists for change who believe the most impactful remedy would be a presumption of equal parenting between mothers and fathers in the event of separation or divorce. Although a Nanos poll showed that 70% of Canadians support equal parenting and only 13% oppose it, and despite social science research demonstrating that equal parenting provides the best outcomes for children, legislative efforts have been repeatedly blocked.

The film’s prequel, Erasing Dad, which explored parental alienation in South America, was originally banned from YouTube because it exposed how some professionals make money by keeping parents and children separated. The ban was overturned, the film became incredibly popular and it helped to improve family law in Argentina.

For full information and the screening schedule, visit


Justin Trottier
Executive Director,
Canadian Centre for Men and Families
The Canadian Centre for Men and Families is a men’s health and social service agency with offices across Canada.


Make the Canada Child Benefit Program Gender Equal and Inclusive

Public Policy


Justin Trottier, Executive Director
Canadian Centre for Men and Families

Call to Action

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“The concept of female presumption might not reflect today’s reality”: Auditor General

On February 25, 2021, the Auditor General released a report into the Canada Child Benefit program, which highlighted a serious problem with its “female presumption” framework.

To date, the government has presumed that any adult female in a household is the primary caregiver. The Report concluded that “the concept of female presumption might not reflect today’s reality.” The CRA has accepted the Auditor General’s conclusions and is considering ways to ensure that all families have equal access to government support.

In response, a coalition of groups is asking the Canadian federal government to amend the Income Tax Act.

The Income Tax Act (ITA), Section 122.6(f), provides that any female in the residence of the child is presumed to be the primary parent and the recipient of the Canada Child Benefit (CCB).

income tax act 122.6(f)
definition of eligible individual
(f) where the qualified dependant resides with the dependant’s female parent, the parent who primarily fulfils the responsibility for the care and upbringing of the qualified dependant is presumed to be the female parent,

The Canada Revenue Agency further clarifies eligibility as follows:

When both a female and male parent live in the same home as the child, the female parent is usually considered to be primarily responsible for the care and upbringing of the child. She should be the one applying for the CCB. However, if the male parent is primarily responsible, he should apply and attach a signed letter from the female parent stating that he is the parent who is primarily responsible for all the children in the home. [1]

In instances where there is an unrelated female adult living in the child’s residence, the CCB will by default be provided to this female individual, even though she may have no biological or custodial connection to the child. [2]

Fathers who are primary caregivers must receive written permission from their female partner and/or jump through a variety of additional hoops in order to be eligible for the benefit.

The Auditor’s Report states that “today, families in Canada come in many different forms not envisaged only a short time ago. Laws, procedures, and systems have not always followed course with the changing reality of what constitutes a family.”

The current policy, which excludes people from family-related benefits based on outdated, sexist presumptions, conflicts with government policies on diversity, inclusion and equality. In 2005, Canada legislated marriage equality for same sex couples. Families are not, and have never been, restricted to one man and one woman. The presumption of a sole female primary parent is out of step with family diversity. Canadian families take many forms, including families with two dads, two moms, and parents who identify in non-traditional gender terms.

The female primary parent presumption affects women’s equality too. The continued incentivizing for women to remain primary caregiver enshrines an unhelpful gender binary. Women’s equality in the workplace is directly linked to men’s equality in parenting.

Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees “equal protection and benefit of the law for male and female persons” (Section 28). The Income Tax Act is in violation of the Charter.

Most egregiously, the current policy has the effect of denying children with a father as primary parent with direct and unhindered access to critical financial support to which they should be entitled.

We propose that the ITA be amended such that 122.6(f) be struck in its entirety and the rest of 122.6 be amended to follow the same eligibility framework as is already provided for in shared custody arrangements, namely that each parent receive 50% of the available CCB.

The Coalition calls upon all Canadians who believe in equality, fairness and the best interest of children, to support this timely change. In 2021, policy and law must catch up with the evolving family landscape of our nation.


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