We`ve doubled Parliament’s productivity and implemented key commitments we made to Canadians

July 12, 2013

I and my Conservative Caucus colleagues continue to be focused on what matters to Canadians – creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. Hence, we have doubled Parliament’s productivity and implemented key commitments we made to Canadians by passing bills that will:

  • remove foreign criminals from Canada more quickly;
  • increase the surcharge paid by offenders to support victims of crime;
  • enhance RCMP accountability;
  • introduce new measures to combat and prevent terrorism;
  • improve to the Witness Protection Program;
  • give equal rights to women and girls living on reserves;
  • increase financial transparency for First Nations;
  • create a new framework to provide safe drinking water for First Nations reserves; and
  • provide Canada’s assent to changes that will enshrine gender equality and freedom to marry an individual of another faith in the laws governing the Royal line of succession.

 Through a productive and hardworking sitting of the House of Commons, we have delivered real results for Canadians by strengthening our economy, creating jobs and supporting families.

 Below is a summary of the legislation introduced by our government or by Conservative MPs during the 41st Parliament which has received Royal Assent. If you would like additional information on any of these bills please go to www.parl.gc.ca

Bill C-2, Fair and Efficient Criminal Trials Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 26, 2011

This bill implements changes to the Canadian justice system that will help to streamline large and complicated cases. In doing so, there will be less risk of mistrials, fewer delays, and a decreased cost to taxpayers.

Additionally, Bill C-2 will help improve Canada’s justice system through:

  • stronger case management;
  • reduced duplication of processes; and,
  • improved criminal procedure.

 For more information: http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/news-nouv/nr-cp/2011/doc_32606.html


Bill C-3, Supporting Vulnerable Seniors and Strengthening Canada’s Economy Act
(Budget 2011 Implementation Act)
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 26, 2011

This legislation implements a number of measures announced in the Budget presented to the House of Commons on June 6, 2011. These measures include:

  • Enhancing the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) for seniors who may be at risk of experiencing financial difficulties. This will provide a new top-up benefit to more than 680,000 seniors across Canada (up to $600 per year for single seniors and $840 per year for couples);
  • Supporting provincial front-line delivery of health care and social programs by extending the temporary Total Transfer Protection to 2011–12, representing nearly $1 billion in support to affected provinces;
  • Providing $20 million to help the Canadian Youth Business Foundation;
  • Reducing the in-study interest rate student loans for part-time students to zero, bringing them in line with full-time students;
  • Increasing flexibility to access Registered Disability Savings Plan assets for beneficiaries with shortened life expectancies;
  • Ensuring that individuals can appeal, in every case, a determination concerning their eligibility for the Disability Tax Credit;
  • Providing GST/HST relief for Royal Canadian Legion purchases of Remembrance Day poppies and wreaths;
  • Providing $65 million for Genome Canada to launch a new competition in the area of human health, and sustain the operating costs of Genome Canada and Genome Centres; and
  • Strengthening the Government’s oversight of the mortgage insurance industry.

To review the full Budget 2011 documents, please visit: www.fin.gc.ca.  To review the Budget Implementation Bill, please visit: http://www.fin.gc.ca/n11/11-047-eng.asp


Bill C-6, Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 26, 2011

This bill put an end to the strike by Canada Post workers and ensured the immediate continuation of all postal services. After a 57-hour filibuster by the NDP, the bill was passed on June 25, 2011. It imposes a final offer selection process to resolve matters remaining in dispute between the parties. Therefore, both parties will present an offer to the arbitrator and the arbitrator’s decision will be used as the new collective agreement.


Bill C-8, Appropriation Act No. 1, 2011-2012
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 26, 2011

This legislation authorizes payments to defray certain expenses of the public service of Canada, not otherwise provided for, for the financial year ending 31 March 2012. The Act provides for the sum of $67,520,468,727.00 to be appropriated from the Consolidated Revenue Fund to be used for the public service of Canada.

For more information: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/est-pre/20112012/appr-cre_1/index-eng.pdf. 6


Bill C-9, Appropriation Act No. 2, 2011-2012
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 26, 2011

This legislation authorizes payments to defray certain expenses of the public service of Canada, not otherwise provided for, for the financial year ending 31 March 2012. The Act provides for the sum of $2,026,401,314.00 to be appropriated from the Consolidated Revenue Fund to be used for the public service of Canada.

For more information: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/est-pre/20112012/appr-cre_2/index-eng.pdf.


Bill C-10, Safe Streets and Communities Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on March 13, 2012

This Bill re-introduced the following reforms which were debated by Parliament during the previous session but never became law:

The Protecting Children from Sexual Predators Act (former Bill C-54), which increases penalties for sexual offences against children, as well as creates two new offences aimed at conduct that could facilitate or enable the commission of a sexual offence against a child;

The Penalties for Organized Drug Crime Act (former Bill S-10), which targets organized crime by imposing tougher sentences for the production and possession of illicit drugs for the purposes of trafficking;

Sébastien's Law (Protecting the Public from Violent Young Offenders) (former Bill C-4), which ensures that violent and repeat young offenders are held accountable for their actions and the protection of society is a paramount consideration in the treatment of young offenders by the justice system;

The Ending House Arrest for Property and Other Serious Crimes by Serious and Violent Offenders Act (former Bill C-16), which eliminates the use of conditional sentences, or house arrest, for serious and violent crimes;

The Increasing Offender Accountability Act (former Bill C-39), which enshrines a victim's right to participate in parole hearings and address inmate accountability, responsibility, and management under the Corrections and Conditional Release Act;

The Eliminating Pardons for Serious Crimes Act (former Bill C-23B), which extends the ineligibility periods for applications for a record suspension (currently called a "pardon") to five years for summary conviction offences and to ten years for indictable offences; 7

The Keeping Canadians Safe (International Transfer of Offenders) Act (former Bill C-5), which adds additional criteria that the Minister of Public Safety could consider when deciding whether or not to allow the transfer of a Canadian offender back to Canada to serve their sentence;

The Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act and related amendments to the State Immunity Act (former Bill S-7), which allows victims of terrorism to sue perpetrators and supporters of terrorism, including listed foreign states, for loss or damage that occurred as a result of an act of terrorism committed anywhere in the world; and

The Preventing the Trafficking, Abuse and Exploitation of Vulnerable Immigrants Act (former Bill C-56), which authorizes immigration officers to refuse work permits to vulnerable foreign nationals when it is determined that they are at risk of humiliating or degrading treatment, including sexual exploitation or human trafficking.

This legislation fulfills many objectives, including better protecting children and youth from sexual predators, increasing penalties for organized drug crime, ending house arrest and eliminating pardons for serious crimes, and increasing support for victims of crime and victims of terrorism.

For more information on the Safe Streets and Communities Act: http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/news-nouv/nr-cp/2011/doc_32637.html.


Bill C-11, Copyright Modernization Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 29, 2012

This legislation brings Canada in line with international standards such as the World Intellectual Property Organization treaties, standards which all of our major trading partners have adopted and ratified. Canada had announced that we would adopt these standards, but our laws such as the Copyright Act had not been updated to the point where we could implement those standards.

Bill C-11 makes reasonable, common-sense exemptions where digital locks can be broken, including:

  • Unlocking cell phones;
  • personal information protection;
  • encryption research;
  • reverse engineering for software compatibility;
  • security testing of computer systems;
  • law enforcement and national security activities;
  • temporary recordings made by broadcasters for technical reasons; and
  • access for persons with perceptual disabilities.

This bill recognizes the many new ways in which teachers, students, artists, companies, consumers, families, and copyright owners use technology. It gives creators and copyright owners the tools to protect their work and to grow their businesses using new and innovative business models. It provides clearer rules that will enable all Canadians to fully participate in the digital economy, now and into the future.

For more information: www.balancedcopyright.gc.ca.  


Bill C-13, Keeping Canada’s Economy and Jobs Growing Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on December 15, 2011

This piece of legislation is the second part of the Budget Implementation of the 2011 Canadian Budget, and was introduced to the House of Commons by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty on October 4, 2011.

This legislation introduced key elements of the Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan – A Low-Tax Plan for Jobs and Growth. These measures include:

Promoting Job Creation & Economic Growth

  • Providing a temporary Hiring Credit for Small Business to encourage additional hiring;
  • Expanding tax support for clean energy generation to encourage green investments;
  • Extending the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit for flow-through share investors by one year to support Canada’s mining sector
  • Simplifying customs tariffs in order to facilitate trade and lower the administrative burden for businesses
  • Extending the accelerated capital cost allowance treatment for investments in manufacturing and processing machinery and equipment for two years to support the manufacturing and processing sector; and
  • Eliminating the mandatory retirement age for federally regulated employees in order to give older workers wishing to work the option of remaining in the workforce

Supporting Communities

  • Legislating a permanent annual investment of $2 billion in the Gas Tax Fund to provide predictable, long-term infrastructure funding for municipalities;
  • Enhancing the Wage Earner Protection Program to cover more workers affected by employer bankruptcy or receivership;
  • Introducing a Volunteer Firefighters Tax Credit for volunteer firefighters;
  • Increasing the ability of Canadians to give more confidently to legitimate charities by introducing a package of integrity measures designed to help combat fraud and other forms of abuse

 Helping Families

  • Introducing a new Family Caregiver Tax Credit to assist caregivers of all types of infirm dependent relatives;
  • Removing the limit on the amount of eligible expenses caregivers can claim under the Medical Expense Tax Credit in respect of financially dependent relatives; and
  • Introducing a new Children’s Arts Tax Credit for programs associated with children’s artistic, cultural, recreational and developmental activities

 Investing in Education and Training

  • Forgiving loans for new doctors and nurses in under-served rural and remote areas;
  • Helping apprentices in the skilled trades and workers in regulated professions by making occupational, trade and professional examination fees eligible for the Tuition Tax Credit;
  • Improving federal financial assistance for students; and
  • Making it easier to allocate Registered Education Savings Plan assets among siblings, without incurring tax penalties or forfeiting Canada Education Savings Grants

 Respecting Taxpayers

  • Phasing out the direct subsidy of political parties; and
  • Closing numerous tax loopholes that allow a few businesses and individuals to avoid paying their fair share of tax

For more information: http://www.fin.gc.ca/n11/11-093-eng.asp


Bill C-15, Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 19, 2013

This legislation reflects recommendations made by a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs and the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada (CMAC) and makes significant amendments to the National Defense Act, including:

  • Further enhancing the independence of military judges;
  • Expressly providing in legislation the purposes, principles and objectives of sentencing in the military justice system;
  • Expanding the pool of Canadian Forces members eligible to serve on a court martial panel;
  • Providing for additional sentencing options, including absolute discharges, intermittent sentences and restitution orders, as well as the ability to submit victim impact statements at courts martial;
  • Improving the efficiency of the grievance and military police complaints processes; and
  • Establishing the position of the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal in legislation and specifying the Provost Marshal’s responsibilities.

For more information: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=3960


Bill C-16, Security of Tenure of Military Judges Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on November 29, 2011

This legislation also proposed significant amendments to the National Defense Act, responding to the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada delivering its judgment in the R. v. Leblanc case. In its decision, the appeal court determined that the provisions in the National Defence Act and the Queen’s Regulations and Orders for the Canadian Forces regarding the appointment and retirement of military judges do not sufficiently respect judicial independence as required by section 11(d) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The amendments enhance the security of tenure for military judges by providing that they serve until the retirement age of 60 years, unless removed for cause on the recommendation of an Inquiry Committee or upon the resignation of the military judge.

For more information: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=3961.


Bill C-18, Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on December 15, 2011

This bill returns the right for individual farmers to market their wheat and barley in the best interest of their own farms and businesses. The Canadian Wheat Board monopoly was imposed on western Canadian farmers by Parliament in 1943 when Canada was committed to supplying inexpensive wheat to Britain during World War II. This monopoly on wheat and barley production in Canada is outdated and no longer in the best interests of Canadian farmers.

Bill C-18 ended the monopoly of the CWB on August 1, 2012. There has been an orderly transition from the previous monopoly system to an arrangement where farmers can choose how, when, and to which buyers to sell their crops. Additionally, a voluntary CWB will remain in place for up to five years with government support as it makes the transition to full private ownership. At that time, there will still be the option for farmers to market their wheat and barley through a voluntary, privately owned CWB.

For more information: http://www4.agr.gc.ca/AAFC-AAC/display-afficher.do?id=1318619331542&lang=eng.


Bill C-19, Ending the Long-Gun Registry Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on April 5, 2012

This legislation removed the unnecessary burden on Canadians to register their non-restricted firearms [long-guns]. It repeals the requirement for long-gun owners to register their hunting rifles and shotguns. Firearms owners still require a valid firearms licence to purchase or possess firearms and to purchase ammunition. They are also required to undergo background checks, pass a firearms safety training course and comply with firearms safe storage and transportation requirements.

For more information: http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/media/nr/2011/nr20111025-2-eng.aspx


Bill C-20, Fair Representation Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on December 16, 2011

Bill C-20 moved every province towards representation by population in the House of Commons. As populations in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario have grown, they have become increasingly underrepresented in the House of Commons.

This legislation adds additional seats to the House of Commons, updating the allocation formula so that:

  • Ontario will receive an additional 15 seats;
  • British Columbia will receive an additional 6 seats, and;
  • Alberta will receive an additional 6 seats.

The legislation also fulfilled the commitment that prevents Quebec from becoming under-represented relative to its population, since the purpose of the bill is to move every single province towards representation by population. To this end, Quebec will receive three new seats which will be proportionate to its share of the population.

For more information: http://www.democraticreform.gc.ca/index.asp?lang=eng&Page=news-comm&Sub=news-comm&Doc=20111027-eng.htm.  


Bill C-22, Eeyou Marine Region Land Claims Agreement Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on November 29, 2011

This legislation brings into effect the Eeyou Marine Land Claims Agreement signed on July 7, 2010 by the Government of Canada, the Government of Nunavut and the Grand Council of the Crees.

The Agreement covers an area of approximately 61,270 square kilometres off the Quebec shore in James Bay and south-eastern Hudson Bay. The islands in this area represent approximately 1,650 square kilometres of land mass, of which almost 1,050 square kilometres will be owned exclusively by the Crees. Ownership will include rights to the land and subsurface resources. Islands in the southern Hudson Bay, which cover an area of nearly 400 square kilometres, will be jointly owned with the Nunavik Inuit.

The Agreement also provides the Crees with the opportunity to create jobs and wealth. For example, through the land, resources and financial benefits they receive from the Agreement, the Crees will be in a better position to undertake new business ventures and partnerships. As new economic development initiatives get underway, jobs and other opportunities may be created from which the Crees and local residents in the region will benefit.

For more information: http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1320421484196 


Bill C-23, Canada-Jordan Economic Growth and Prosperity Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 29, 2012

The Canada-Jordan Economic Growth and Prosperity Act will eliminate tariffs on the vast majority of Canadian exports to Jordan, directly benefiting Canadian exporters and workers. Key sectors in Canada that will benefit from this immediate duty-free access to the Jordanian market include forestry and manufacturing, as well as agricultural products and agri-foods such as pulses, frozen potato products and beef.


Bill C-24, the Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on December 14, 2012

The Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act will eliminate tariffs on over 99 percent of Canadian non-agriculture exports, again directly benefiting Canadian exporters and workers through duty-free access to Panama’s markets. Other benefits of the agreement include investment provisions, which will increase protection, transparency and security for Canadian investors in Panama. In addition, the agreement will secure access to the government procurement market, including the $5.4-billion expansion of the Panama Canal and other infrastructure projects.

Free trade agreements with Jordan and Panama were signed in June 2009 and May 2010 respectively.

For more information: http://www.international.gc.ca/media_commerce/comm/newscommuniques/2011/347.aspx?lang=eng&view=d


Bill C-25, Pooled Registered Pension Plans Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 28, 2012

This legislation implements the federal government`s portion of the Pooled Registered Pension Plan (PRPP) framework. The PRPP give the opportunity for many workers, who would otherwise not have a company pension plan, to save for retirement.

PRPPs across Canada will improve the range of retirement savings options to Canadians by:

  • Providing a new accessible, straightforward and administratively low-cost retirement savings option for employers to offer their employees;
  • Allowing individuals who currently may not participate in a pension plan, such as the self-employed and employees of companies that do not offer a pension plan, to make use of this new type of pension plan;
  • Enabling more people to benefit from the lower investment management costs that result from membership in a large, pooled pension plan;
  • Allowing for accumulated PRPP savings to move with PRPP members from job to job; and,
  • Ensuring that funds are invested in the best interest of plan members.

PRPPs are the outcome of several years of cooperation, research and consultations by Canada’s finance ministers on the best ways to ensure the long-term strength of Canada’s retirement income system.

For more information: http://www.fin.gc.ca/n11/data/11-119_3-eng.asp

 
Bill C-26, Citizen`s Arrest and Self Defense Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 28, 2012

Bill C-26 is a reintroduction of legislation that expands and simplifies the laws with respect to self-defense and defense of property, and expands the circumstances in which a law-abiding Canadian can make a citizen’s arrest.

Previously, the ability to make a citizen’s arrest was very restrictive and was only permitted if an individual was caught actively engaged in a criminal offence on or in relation to their property.

The legislation builds on the existing legislation and authorizes an owner, a person in lawful possession of property, or a person authorized by them to arrest a person within a reasonable amount of time after having found a person committing a criminal offence either:

  • on their property (e.g. the offence occurs in their yard); or
  • in relation to their property (e.g. their property is stolen from a public parking lot).

This bill follows the introduction of the Safe Streets and Communities Act, one of the key initiatives the Government has taken to help make Canada a safer and more secure place for law-abiding Canadians and their families.

For more information: http://canada.justice.gc.ca/eng/news-nouv/nr-cp/2011/doc_32672.html.


Bill C-27, First Nations Financial Transparency Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on March 27, 2013

This legislation will support democratic, transparent and accountable First Nation governments by requiring that chiefs and councillors publish their salaries and expenses.

It addresses the issue of financial transparency for First Nation leaders by expanding the scope of the information to be publicly disclosed beyond the salaries and expenses of chiefs and councillors to include a First Nation's audited consolidated financial statements.

This financial information will be made available to community members and to the public through publication by the individual First Nations on their website or the website of a Tribal Council or partner organization. In addition, the audited consolidated financial statements and schedule of remuneration will be published on the website of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, when received.

For more information: http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1322068844453

 
Bill C-28, Financial Literacy Leader Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on March 27, 2013

This legislation represents the first step in moving forward on the recommendations of the Task Force on Financial Literacy, established in 2009 by the Minister of Finance by establishing the Financial Literacy Leader.

The Act expands the responsibilities of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada to include collaborating and coordinating with stakeholders to contribute to and support initiatives that strengthen the financial literacy of Canadians. It also sets out the duties, powers and functions of the Financial Literacy Leader, enabling him or her to carry out activities in support of strengthening financial literacy.

For more information: http://www.fin.gc.ca/n11/data/11-125_1-eng.asp.

If you would like to review the Task Force on Financial Literacy’s Report, Canadians and Their Money: Building a Brighter Future in its entirety, I welcome you to use the following link: http://www.financialliteracyincanada.com/canadians-and-their-money.html.

 
Bill C-29, Appropriation Act No. 3, 2011-2012
Stage: Royal Assent Received on December 15, 2011

Bill C-29 authorizes payments to defray certain expenses of the public service of Canada, not otherwise provided for, for the financial year ending 31 March 2012. The Act provides for the sum of $4,321,759,033.00 to be appropriated from the Consolidated Revenue Fund to be used the public service of Canada.

For more information: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/est-pre/20112012/appr-cre_3/index-eng.pdf.


Bill C-31, Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 28, 2012

This legislation will further protect the integrity of Canada’s immigration system. The proposed measures include further reforms to the asylum system to make it faster and fairer, measures to address human smuggling, and the authority to make it mandatory to provide biometric data with a temporary resident visa application.

Additionally, this legislation gives the Minister the authority to make it mandatory for visa applicants to provide biometric data (i.e., fingerprints, photograph) to visit Canada. Documents can be forged or stolen, whereas biometric data provide greater certainty, confirming the identity of applicants when they apply.

All these reforms are aimed at deterring abuse of Canada’s generous immigration and refugee system. With these measures, the integrity of Canada’s immigration programs and the safety and security of Canadians will be protected.

For more information: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2012/2012-02-16.asp.


Bill C-32, An Act to Amend the Civil Marriage Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 26, 2013

Bill C-32 introduced amendments to the Civil Marriage Act, and provides an avenue for the dissolution of marriages between non-residents that were performed in Canada.

This legislation fixed this anomaly in Canada’s civil marriage laws, and made all marriages of non-resident couples that were performed in Canada valid under Canadian law. Bill C-32 also allowed these couples to end their marriages if they cannot get a divorce where they live.

For more information: http://www.parl.gc.ca/About/Parliament/LegislativeSummaries/bills_ls.asp?source=library_prb&ls=C32&Parl=41&Ses=1&Language=E&Mode=1

Bill C-33, An Act to Provide for the Continuation and Resumption of Air Service Operations
Stage: Royal Assent Received on March 15, 2012

This legislation was introduced in the House of Commons in order to prevent a work stoppage at Air Canada. Bill C-33 also sent the issues in Air Canada’s labour disputes with the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) to binding arbitration.

A work stoppage at Air Canada could cost the Canadian economy millions of dollars for every week that it continues. Without a reasonable prospect for agreements in the near future, the Government of Canada took action to ensure continued air services.


Bill C-34, Appropriation Act No. 4, 2011-2012
Stage: Royal Assent Received on March 29, 2012

Bill C-34 authorizes payments to defray certain expenses of the public service of Canada, not otherwise provided for, for the financial year ending 31 March 2012. The Act provides for the sum of $1,201,855,923.00 to be appropriated from the Consolidated Revenue Fund to be used the public service of Canada.

For more information: http://www.parl.gc.ca/content/hoc/Bills/411/Government/C-34/C-34_3/C-34_3.PDF


Bill C-35, Appropriation Act No. 1, 2012-2013
Stage: Royal Assent Received on March 29, 2012

Bill C-35 authorizes payments to defray certain expenses of the public service of Canada, not otherwise provided for, for the financial year ending 31 March 2013. The Act provides for the sum of $26,581,278,713.07 to be appropriated from the Consolidated Revenue Fund to be used the public service of Canada.

For more information: http://www.parl.gc.ca/content/hoc/Bills/411/Government/C-35/C-35_3/C-35_3.PDF.


Bill C-36, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Elder Abuse)
Stage: Royal Assent Received on December 14, 2012

Bill C-36 will work to further protect Canada’s senior citizens and help to ensure that sentencing for crimes against elderly Canadians reflects the significant impact that crime has on their lives.

Under the proposed amendment to the Criminal Code, evidence that an offence had a significant impact on the victim due to their age – and other personal circumstances such as health or financial situation – would be considered an aggravating factor for sentencing purposes.

For more information: http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/news-nouv/nr-cp/2012/doc_32716.html.


Bill C-37, Increasing Offenders’ Accountability for Victim’s Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 19, 2013

This piece of legislation amended the Criminal Code, and specifically the section relating to victim surcharge. The amendment makes convicted offenders more accountable to victims of crime by doubling the victim surcharge that offenders must pay, and ensuring that the surcharge is automatically applied in all cases.

Provincial and territorial victim services are funded in part by the federal victim surcharge, which is an additional penalty imposed on offenders at the time of sentencing. Under the amendments to the Criminal Code, the surcharge will be 30 percent of any fine imposed or, where no fine is imposed, $100 on a summary conviction offence and $200 for an indictable offence.

For more information: http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/news-nouv/nr-cp/2012/doc_32731.html


Bill C-38, Jobs, Growth, and Long-term Prosperity Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 29, 2012

Bill C-38 implements key items of Economic Action Plan 2012, helping to bolster Canada’s economic strengths and address important challenges facing the economy over the long term. These measures include:

Improving Conditions for Business Investment

  • Making the review process for major economic projects more timely and transparent while protecting the environment, and helping realize the objective of “one project, one review” in a clearly defined time period.
  • Improving access to modern, reliable seismic data for offshore resource development.
  • Increasing travellers’ exemptions to modernize existing rules and facilitate border processes for Canadians bringing goods home from abroad.
  • Moving forward with a legislative framework for covered bonds to support financial stability by helping lenders find new sources of funding.

Investing in Training, Infrastructure and Opportunity

  • Making Employment Insurance (EI) a more efficient program that is focused on job creation and opportunities by removing disincentives to work and supporting unemployed Canadians.
  • Ensuring stable, predictable EI premium rates by limiting premium rate increases to 5 cents each year until the EI Operating Account is in balance, and then moving to a seven-year break-even rate.
  • Helping build a fast and flexible economic immigration system to meet Canada’s labour market needs by reducing the backlog in the Federal Skilled Worker Program, returning applications and refunding fees to those who applied prior to February 27, 2008.

 Supporting Families and Communities

  • Expanding health-related tax relief under the Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) and income tax systems to better meet the health care needs of Canadians.
  • Helping Canadians with severe disabilities and their families by improving the Registered Disability Savings Plan.
  • Requiring federally regulated private sector employers to insure, on a go-forward basis, any long-term disability plans they offer to their employees.
  • Assisting provincial front-line delivery of health care and social programs by extending the temporary total transfer protection to 2012–13, representing $680 million in support to affected provinces.
  • Ensuring that charities devote their resources primarily to charitable, rather than political, activities, and enhancing public transparency and accountability in this area.

 Ensuring Sustainable Social Programs and a Secure Retirement

  • Legislating the Government’s commitment to sustainable and predictable transfers to provinces and territories in support of health care, education and other programs and services.
  • Gradually increasing from 65 to 67 the age of eligibility for Old Age Security (OAS) and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) starting in April 2023, and also allowing for the voluntary deferral of the basic OAS for up to five years starting on July 1, 2013, resulting in an actuarially adjusted higher OAS.
  • Putting in place a proactive enrolment regime for OAS and the GIS.

 For more information: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2012/home-accueil-eng.html.


Bill C-39, Restoring Rail Service Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on May 31, 2012

This legislation was introduced in order to end the work stoppage at the Canadian Pacific Railway. The work stoppage at the Canadian Pacific Railway affected industries that contribute $540 million weekly to the Canadian economy through their use of the railway. The strike also would have put the jobs of thousands of Canadians at risk if it was prolonged.

The legislation ended the work stoppage and sent the issues in the Canadian Pacific Railway’s labour disputes with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference to an interest-based binding arbitration process.

For more information: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-eng.do?m=%2Findex&nid=677809


Bill C-40, Appropriation Act No. 2, 2012-13, and Bill C-41, Appropriation Act No. 3, 2012-13
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 28, 2012

Appropriation Bills No. 2 and 3, 2012-13 provide for the release of the remainder of supply for the 2012-13 Main Estimates.

Bills C-40 and C-41 authorize payments to defray certain expenses of the public service of Canada, not otherwise provided for, for the financial year ending 31 March 2013. The Acts together provide for the sum of $65.4 billion to be appropriated from the Consolidated Revenue Fund to be used the public service of Canada.

For more information: http://www.parl.gc.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&billId=5634778&View=0


Bill C-42, Enhancing Royal Canadian Mounted Police Accountability Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 19, 2013

This legislation gives the RCMP the tools that it needs to enhance trust and restore accountability in its ranks. The Enhancing Royal Canadian Mounted Police Accountability Act will:

  • Help modernize the RCMPs discipline, grievance and human resource management framework, including new measures to create a single, seamless and comprehensive investigation and resolution process for sexual harassment complaints where the respondent is a member of the Force. It is also providing the Commissioner the direct authority to discharge members for various non-disciplinary administrative reasons.
  • Create a modern and independent Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP to replace the existing Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP and provide it with enhanced powers to carry out its mandate.
  • Establish a statutory framework for handling criminal investigations of serious incidents involving RCMP members, which will improve the transparency and public accountability of these investigations.

 For more information: http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/media/nr/2012/nr20120620-1-eng.aspx

 
Bill C-43, Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 19, 2013

Bill C-43 expedites the removal of foreign criminals from Canada and enhances the safety and security of Canadians. The Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act focuses on three areas:

  • Making it easier for the Government to remove dangerous foreign criminals from our country;
  • Making it harder for those who may pose a risk to Canada to enter the country in the first place; and
  • Removing barriers for genuine visitors who want to come to Canada.

This legislation follows through on our government’s commitment to streamline the process to deport convicted criminals by limiting their access to the Immigration and Refugee Board’s Immigration Appeal Division. This will reduce the amount of time certain criminals may remain in Canada by up to 14 months, reducing their chances of committing more crime on Canadian soil.

These amendments, which update the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and our immigration program, complement the recent measures in the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act as well as the Action Plan on Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness.

For more information: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/backgrounders/2012/2012-06-20.asp


Bill C-44, Helping Families in Need Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on December 14, 2012

This legislation contains amendments to the Employment Insurance Act and to the Canada Labour Code to support three measures that will assist Canadian families in balancing work and family responsibilities.

The three measures are: enhanced access to sickness benefits for parents receiving EI parental benefits; EI benefits for parents of critically ill children; and the Federal Income Support for Parents of Murdered or Missing Children grant.

Prior to this Act, Canadians who fell ill while receiving Employment Insurance (EI) parental benefits were unable to qualify for EI sickness benefits. However, thanks to the Helping Families in Need Act these parents will be eligible for the sickness benefits they need in order to get back on their feet.

Bill C-44 also contains previously announced amendments to the Employment Insurance Act and the Canada Labour Code aimed at helping hardworking Canadian families during difficult times. This includes increased EI benefits for parents of critically ill children and income support for the parents of murdered or missing children.

For more information: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-eng.do?crtr.sj1D=&crtr.mnthndVl=1&mthd=advSrch&crtr.dpt1D=420&nid=695789&crtr.lc1D=&crtr.tp1D=1&crtr.yrStrtVl=2008&crtr.kw=&crtr.dyStrtVl=26&crtr.aud1D=&crtr.mnthStrtVl=2&crtr.page=1&crtr.yrndVl=2015&crtr.dyndVl=4


Bill C-45, Jobs and Growth Act, 2012
Stage: Royal Assent Received on December 14, 2012

Bill C-45 is the second Budget Implementation Act of 2012 and implements key initiatives from Economic Action Plan 2012 to help grow Canada’s economy, fuel job creation, and secure Canada’s long-term prosperity. Some highlights include:

For the Economy and Jobs

  • Extending for one year the job-creating Hiring Credit for Small Business, which benefitted nearly 534,000 employers in 2011;
  • Promoting interprovincial trade;
  • Improving the legislative framework governing Canada’s financial institutions;
  • Facilitating cross-border travel;
  • Removing red tape and reducing fees for Canada’s grain farmers; and
  • Supporting Canada’s commercial aviation sector

For Families and Communities

  • Improving Registered Disability Savings Plans;
  • Helping Canadians save for retirement by implementing the tax framework for Pooled Registered Pension Plans;
  • Improving the administration of the Canada Pension Plan; and
  •  Strengthening the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012

For Energy and Resource Sectors

  • Expanding tax relief for investment in clean energy generation equipment; and
  • Phasing out certain tax preferences for the mining and oil and gas sectors

For more information: http://www.fin.gc.ca/n12/data/12-126_1-eng.pdf


Bill C-46, Pension Reform Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on November 1, 2012

This legislation amends the Members of Parliament Retiring Allowances Act to increase the contribution rates in order to bring the members’ share of the current service cost to 50% and to increase the retirement age from 55 to 65.

The amendments also provide for a reduced allowance before members reach the age of 65, and they coordinate allowances with pension benefits paid under the Canada Pension Plan or under a similar provincial pension plan. They also reduce the rate of interest to be credited to the pension accounts established under the Members of Parliament Retiring Allowances Act and change the allowance payable to former Prime Ministers who cease to hold the office of Prime Minister after December 31, 2012.

For more information: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-eng.do?nid=704439


Bill C-47, Northern Jobs and Growth Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 19, 2013

This Act fulfilled obligations flowing from land claims, and proposed mechanisms to improve regulatory processes, encourage investment, and allow resources to be developed in a sustainable manner.

The Northern Jobs and Growth Act included the Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act, the Northwest Territories Surface Rights Board Act, and amendments related to the Yukon Surface Rights Board Act. 

Changes include:

  • Committing the federal government to developing legislation for land use planning and environmental impact assessment as part of obligations made in the 1993 Nunavut Land Claims Agreement;
  • The establishment of a surface rights board in the Northwest Territories, fulfilling federal obligations from certain Northwest Territories Land Claims Agreements (LCAs), including Gwich’in and Sahtu Land Claims Agreements;
  • The Northwest Territories Surface Rights Board (NWTSRB) serving to resolve disputes over terms and conditions and compensation, between holders of surface or subsurface rights and the owner or occupant of the surface when an agreement cannot be reached by the parties through negotiation or mediation, and;
  • Amending the Yukon Surface Rights Board Act to contribute to the goal of providing clarity and predictability for resource projects and offer a clear, consistent and reliable dispute resolution mechanism for surface and subsurface rights holders and landowners or occupants in the Yukon.

 For more information: http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1352231695524/1352231742120


Bill C-48, Technical Tax Amendments Act 2012
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 26, 2013

Bill C-48 is a comprehensive package of technical income tax amendments. Previously, there was a significant backlog of outstanding measures that needed to be addressed in order to provide certainty for Canadian taxpayers.

The Technical Tax Amendments Act, 2012 clears the backlog with the inclusion of outstanding income tax and sales tax amendments, the majority of which have already been released for public consultation. Specifically, from 2009 to 2011, in advance of the Technical Tax Amendments Act, 2012, the government engaged in open and public consultations on the majority of the proposed amendments included in the legislation.

For more information: http://www.fin.gc.ca/drleg-apl/nwmm-amvm-1012n-eng.asp


Bill C-50, Appropriation Act No. 4, 2012-13
Stage: Royal Assent Received on December 14, 2012

Appropriation Act No. 4, 2012-13, provides for the release of supply for Supplementary Estimates (B), 2012-13 and allocates the spending of $2.5 billion in voted expenditures. These expenditures were provided for within the planned spending set out by the Minister of Finance in his March 2012 budget.

This legislation authorizes payments to defray certain expenses of the public service of Canada, not otherwise provided for, for the financial year ending 31 March 2013.

For more information: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/est-pre/20122013/aa-lc-eng.asp


Bill C-51, Safer Witnesses Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 26, 2013

This legislation introduced changes to the Witness Protection Program Act to make the Federal Witness Protection Program more effective for those it's designed to protect while also being responsive to law enforcement needs.

These amendments will enhance the program and provide better service to other witness protection programs, through:

  • Improved processes to obtain secure identity changes for witnesses in the provincial program;
  • Broadened prohibitions against the disclosure of information;
  • Expanded admissions for national security, national defence and public safety sources, and;
  • Extension of the amount of time emergency protection may be provided.

For more information: http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/media/nr/2012/nr20121211-1-eng.aspx

 
Bill C-52, Fair Rail Freight Service Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 26, 2013

This legislation gives companies that ship goods by rail the right to a service agreement with railways. It also created an arbitration process to establish an agreement when commercial negotiations fail.

Bill C-52 fulfilled a key commitment following the recommendations made by the Rail Freight Service Review Panel in 2011. The Panel’s report encouraged the use of bilateral service agreements between shippers and railways as an effective way of bringing more clarity, predictability and reliability to rail service.

Most shippers acknowledge there has been improvement in rail service since the Review began. The new legislative provision built upon that progress, and helped to solidify these gains.

For more information: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/mediaroom/backgrounders-fair-rail-freight-service-act-6992.htm

Bill C-53, Succession to the Throne Act, 2013
Stage: Royal Assent Received on March 27, 2013

This legislation puts an end to the practice of placing male children before their elder sisters in the line of succession and removes legal provisions that heirs marrying Roman Catholics would be ineligible to succeed to the Throne.

For more information: http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1359650749665/1359650788754


Bill C-55, Response to the Supreme Court of Canada Decision in R. v. Tse Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on March 27, 2013

This legislation responds to the Supreme Court of Canada decision in R. v. Tse. The legislation adds new privacy safeguards to the Criminal Code’s existing provision for wiretaps in situations of imminent harm.

Parliament enacted Section 184.4 of the Criminal Code in 1993. Section 184.4 of the Criminal Code currently allows for the use of wiretapping without a court authorization when there is imminent harm (such as in the case of kidnappings or bomb threats). The Supreme Court found that Section 184.4 of the Criminal Code, as currently drafted, violates Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms due to the lack of a requirement for after-the-fact notification of persons whose private communications were intercepted. The Supreme Court of Canada suspended its declaration of invalidity until April 13, 2013, to allow Parliament to amend the provision to make it constitutionally compliant. 

The legislation would directly respond to the guidance from the Court by adding the safeguards of “notification” and “reporting” to Section 184.4 of the Criminal Code. Specifically, Bill C-55 would make three changes:

  • Notification within 90 daysNotification would require that persons whose private communications have been intercepted in situations of imminent harm be notified within 90 days (subject to any extensions granted by a judge).
  • Annual reportsReporting would require annual reports on the use of imminent harm wiretaps.
  • Restricting the usageThe changes would limit the authority to use this provision to police officers (currently it is available to the broader category of peace officers) and only to the offences listed in Section 183 of the Criminal Code.

 For more information: http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/news-nouv/nr-cp/2013/doc_32855.html


Bill C-58, Appropriation Act No. 5, 2012-13
Stage: Royal Assent Received on March 27, 2013

This legislation authorizes payments to defray certain expenses of the public service of Canada, not otherwise provided for, for the financial year ending 31 March 2013.  For more information: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/est-pre/20122013/aa-lc-eng.asp


Bill C-59, Appropriation Act No. 1, 2013-2014
Stage: Royal Assent Received on March 27, 2013

This legislation authorizes payments to defray certain expenses of the public service of Canada, not otherwise provided for, for the financial year ending 31 March 2014.

For more information: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/media/nr-cp/2013/0225-eng.asp


Bill C-60, Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 1
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 26, 2013

This legislation included measures to advance economic progress and prosperity by:

Building a stronger economy and promoting job growth:

  • Extending for two years the temporary accelerated capital cost allowance for new investments in machinery and equipment by Canadian manufacturers.
  • Indexing Gas Tax Fund payments to better support job-creating infrastructure in municipalities across Canada.
  • Reforming the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to ensure that Canadians are given the first crack at available jobs.
  • Extending for one year the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit for flow-through share investors.
  • Modernizing the Investment Canada Act as announced in December 2012 to clarify the treatment of proposed investments in Canada by foreign state-owned enterprises and the timeline for national security reviews.
  • Providing $165 million in multi-year support for genomics research through Genome Canada.
  • Providing $18 million to the Canadian Youth Business Foundation to help young entrepreneurs grow their firms.
  • Providing $5 million in 2013–14 to Indspire for post-secondary scholarships and bursaries for First Nations and Inuit students.

Supporting Canadian families and communities:

  • Promoting adoption by enhancing the Adoption Expense Tax Credit to better recognize the costs of adopting a child.
  • Introducing a new, temporary First-Time Donor’s Super Credit for first-time claimants of the Charitable Donations Tax Credit to encourage all young Canadians to donate to charity.
  • Expanding tax relief for home care services to better meet the health care needs of Canadians.
  • Removing tariffs on imports of baby clothing and certain sports and athletic equipment.
  • Providing $56 million in total transfer protection payments to Manitoba and New Brunswick.
  • Providing $30 million in 2013–14 to support the construction of new housing in Nunavut.
  • Investing $20 million in the Nature Conservancy of Canada to continue to conserve ecologically sensitive land.
  • Providing $3 million to the Pallium Foundation of Canada to support training in palliative care for front-line health care providers.
  • Committing $3 million to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind to expand library services for the blind and partially sighted.
  • Supporting veterans and their families by no longer deducting veterans’ disability benefits when calculating other select benefits.
  • Streamlining the process for approving tax relief for Canadian Armed Forces members and police officers.

 Respecting Canadian taxpayers’ dollars:

  • Improving the fairness of the tax system.
  • Eliminating duplication.
  • Taking steps to align employee compensation offered by Crown corporations with what is available to federal employees.

 For more information: http://www.fin.gc.ca/n13/13-064-eng.asp


Bill C-62, Yale First Nation Final Agreement Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 19, 2013

This legislation ratified the Yale First Nation Final Agreement, a step previously taken by the Yale First Nation and the Province of British Columbia.

The Yale First Nation Final Agreement is the third final agreement to be reached under the BC treaty process. The Final Agreement brings certainty to the ownership and use of lands and resources in the area, creates opportunities for Yale First Nation and provides predictability for continued development and growth in the province.

For more information: http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1365859126794/1365859269634


Bill C-63, Appropriation Act No. 2, 2013-14, and Bill C-64, Appropriation Act No. 3, 2013-14
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 19, 2013

Appropriation Bills No. 2 and 3, 2013-14 provide for the release of the remainder of supply for the 2013-14 Main Estimates. Bills C-63 and C-64 authorize payments to defray certain expenses of the public service of Canada, not otherwise provided for, for the financial year ending 31 March 2014.

For more information: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/ems-sgd/esp-pbc/aa-lc-eng.asp


Bill S-2, Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 19, 2013

This bill provides basic rights and protections to individuals on reserves during a relationship, in the event of a relationship breakdown, and on the death of a spouse or common-law partner regarding the family home and other matrimonial interests or rights.

It sets out provisions for the enactment of First Nation laws respecting on-reserve matrimonial real property, as well as provisional federal rules to fill the legislative gap.

For more information: http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1317172955875/1317173115233


Bill S-3, Federal Law–Civil Law Harmonization Act, No. 3
Stage: Royal Assent Received on November 29, 2011

This legislation harmonized federal legislation to ensure that it takes into account both civil law and common law, and applied to both English and French versions of the legislation.

Harmonization involves reviewing all federal legislation the application of which requires reliance on provincial private law. Where necessary, harmonization changes ensure that federal legislation integrates the terminology, concepts and institutions of Quebec civil law. French common law terminology is also taken into account in this process.

Bill S-3 made harmonization changes to 12 statutes, including the Canada Business Corporations Act and the Expropriation Act.

For more information: http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/news-nouv/nr-cp/2011/doc_32641.html


Bill S-4, Safer Railways Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on May 17, 2012

The Railway Safety Act, which came into force in 1989, gives Transport Canada the responsibility for overseeing railway safety in Canada.

The amendments to the Railway Safety Act encouraged all rail companies to create and maintain a culture of safety and penalize rule breakers by enabling our government to:

  • crack down on rule breakers with tough new monetary penalties and increased judicial penalties;
  • strengthen safety requirements for railway companies;
  • create whistleblower protection for employees who raise safety concerns, and;
  • require each railway to have an executive legally responsible for safety.

For more information: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/mediaroom/releases-2011-h095e-6473.htm#bg


Bill S-5, Financial System Review Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on March 29, 2012

The legislation governing federally regulated financial institutions is reviewed every five years to ensure Canada remains a global leader in financial services. The commitment to keeping the legislation current ensures the stability and growth of the financial services sector.

Bill S-5 included measures to:

  • Update financial institutions legislation to promote financial stability and ensure Canada’s financial institutions continue to operate in a competitive, efficient and stable environment;
  • Fine-tune the consumer protection framework, including enhancing the supervisory powers of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, and;
  • Improve efficiency by reducing the administrative burden on financial institutions and adding regulatory flexibility.

For more information: http://www.fin.gc.ca/n11/11-120-eng.asp


Bill S-7, Combating Terrorism Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on April 25, 2013

This bill reintroduced provisions from the Combating Terrorism Act (Bill C-17 from the previous Parliament) to re-enact the investigative hearing and recognizance-with-conditions measures. These two provisions expired in 2007 and subsequent bills that were introduced to re-enact these provisions died on the Order Paper at the dissolution of Parliament.

Also added are new offences of leaving, or attempting to leave, Canada to commit a terrorism offence.

For more information: http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/news-nouv/nr-cp/2012/doc_32703.html


Bill S-8, Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 19, 2013

This bill allows the government, in collaboration with First Nations, to develop federal regulations for access to safe drinking water, and to ensure the effective treatment of wastewater and the protection of sources of drinking water on First Nation lands.

For more information: http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1330529331921/1330529392602

 
Bill S-9. Nuclear Terrorism Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 19, 2013

Bill S-9 amends the Criminal Code to create four new offences related to nuclear terrorism, including:

  • possessing or trafficking nuclear or radioactive material or a nuclear or radioactive device, or committing an act against a nuclear facility or its operations, with the intent to cause death, serious bodily harm or substantial damage to property or the environment;
  • using or altering nuclear or radioactive material or a nuclear or radioactive device, or committing an act against a nuclear facility or its operation, with the intent to compel a person, a government or a domestic or international organization to do, or refrain from doing, anything;
  • committing an indictable offence for the purpose of obtaining nuclear or radioactive material or a nuclear or radioactive device or to obtain access or control of a nuclear facility, and;
  • the threat to commit these offences.

For more information: http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/news-nouv/nr-cp/2012/doc_32717.html


Bill S-11, Safe Food for Canadians Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on November 22, 2012

Bill S-11 consolidated the authorities of the Fish Inspection Act, the Canada Agricultural Products Act, the Meat Inspection Act, and the food provisions of the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act.

  • The Act:
    makes food as safe as possible for Canadian families;
  • protects consumers by targeting unsafe practices;
  • implements tougher penalties for activities that put health and safety at risk;
  • provides better control over imports;
  • institutes a more consistent inspection regime across all food commodities, and;
  • strengthens food traceability.

For more information: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/acts-and-regulations/initiatives/sfca/eng/1338796071420/1338796152395


Bill S-14, Fighting Foreign Corruption Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 19, 2013

Bill S-14 made amendments to the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), including making it a criminal offence in Canada for persons or companies to bribe foreign public officials to obtain or retain an advantage in the course of international business. The act was created as a result of Canada’s obligations under the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD’s) Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Transactions, which Canada ratified in 1998.

For more information: http://www.international.gc.ca/media/aff/news-communiques/2013/02/05b.aspx?lang=eng&view=d
Bill S-15, Expansion and Conservation of Canada’s National Parks Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 19, 2013

Bill S-15 has formally protected Sable Island National Parks Reserve under the Canada National Parks Act. It has provided for the establishment of Sable Island National Park Reserve of Canada, amended commercial zoning in the Community of Field in Yoho National Park of Canada and reconfigured the leasehold boundary of the Marmot Ski Basin Area in Jasper National Park of Canada.

For more information: http://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/cp-nr/release_e.asp?id=1958&andor1=nr


Bill S-17, Tax Conventions Implementation Act, 2013
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 19, 2013

This bill implemented four recent tax treaties that Canada has concluded with Namibia, Serbia, Poland and Hong Kong. This enactment also implemented amendments to provisions for the exchange of tax information found in the tax treaties that Canada has concluded with Luxembourg and Switzerland.

For more information: http://www.parl.gc.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&billId=6025582&View=8


Bill C-288, National Flag of Canada Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 28, 2012
Sponsor: John Carmichael (Don Valley West)

This legislation legally protects the rights of Canadians to fly our country’s flag in accordance with proper protocol. Every person who is in control of an apartment building, a condominium building or building in divided co-ownership or another multiple-residence building or a gated community is encouraged to allow the National Flag of Canada to be displayed in accordance with flag protocol.

For more information: http://parl.gc.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&Mode+1&billId=5130534&View+0


Bill C-300, Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on December 14, 2012
 
Sponsor: Harold Albrecht (Kitchener – Conestoga)

This legislation requires the federal government to establish a framework for suicide prevention and recognize suicide as a public health issue. Additionally, Bill C-300 implements the following actions:

  • provide guidelines to improve public awareness and knowledge about suicide;
  • disseminate information about suicide, including information concerning its prevention;
  • make statistics publicly available regarding suicide and its related risk factors;
  • promote collaboration and knowledge exchange in suicide prevention;
  • define the best practices for the prevention of suicide, and;
  • promote the use of research and evidence-based practices for the prevention of suicide.

 For more information: http://haroldalbrechtmp.ca/mp/c300-suicide-prevention/
 

Bill C-304, An Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (Protecting Freedom)
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 26, 2013
Sponsor: Brian Storseth (Westlock – St. Paul)

Bill C-304 repeals Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. Debates over the interpretation and application of Section 13 by human rights tribunals had caused a number of free speech controversies arising from nuisance cases that never would have been considered if they'd been handled within the judicial system.

Bill C-304 amends the Canadian Human Rights Act by deleting sections 13 and 54 to ensure there is no infringement on freedom of expression guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

For more information: http://parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Pub=Hansard&Doc=51&Parl=41&Ses=1&Language=E&Mode=1#int-4899960

Bill C-309, Concealment of Identity Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 19, 2013
Sponsor: Blake Richards (Wild Rose)

This Act targets those who conceal their identity with a mask while rioting.

The provisions of the Concealment of Identity Act created two new Criminal Code offences:

  • an indictable offence targeting those who take part in a riot while wearing a mask or disguise to conceal identity, without lawful excuse; and
  • a hybrid offence, targeting those who participate in an unlawful assembly while wearing a mask or disguise to conceal identity, without lawful excuse. The maximum penalty on indictment for this offence would be five years, and on summary conviction the maximum penalty would be six months imprisonment and/or a maximum fine of $5,000.

For more information: http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/news-nouv/nr-cp/2012/doc_32741.html

 
Bill C-310, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Trafficking in Persons)
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 28, 2012.
Sponsor: Joy Smith (Kildonan – St. Paul)

Bill C-310 amends the Criminal Code to add the offence of trafficking in persons to the offences committed outside Canada for which Canadian citizens or permanent residents may be prosecuted in Canada. The bill adds the current trafficking in persons offences 279.01 and 279.011 to the list of offences which, if committed outside Canada by a Canadian or permanent resident, could be prosecuted in Canada. The very nature of human trafficking requires an international focus.

This bill also changes the working definition of exploitation so that instances of psychological and emotional harm would also be considered methods of exploitation. Providing a broader definition of exploitation allows Canada’s Justice System to more effectively combat human trafficking. In An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Trafficking in Persons), the definition of “exploitation” has been changed to include the “use or threats of violence, force or other forms of coercion and fraudulent means”.

For more information: http://parl.gc.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&billId=5137989


Bill C-311, An Act to Amend the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act (interprovincial importation of wine for personal use)
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 28, 2012.
Sponsor: Dan Albas (Okanagan – Coquihalla)

Bill C-311 amends the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act (IILA) to allow Canadians to purchase wine while visiting another province and then bring that wine back home into their own province. Bill C-311 also amends the IILA to allow for domestic wineries to market and sell their products directly to consumers from other regions of the country.

The purpose of the exemption is solely for personal use and not for commercial purposes. The personal exemption quantity limit is established individually by each province in question.


Bill C-383, Transboundary Waters Protection Act
Stage: Royal Assent Received on June 19, 2013
Sponsor: Larry Miller (Bruce- Grey- Owen Sound)

This legislation ensures that all waters under federal jurisdiction are protected from bulk water removals while complementing provincial protections that are already in place to protect waters under their jurisdiction.

For more information: http://www.parl.gc.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&billId=5321564&View=4

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