Focus on Parliament

CBA Focus on Parliament is a regular compendium of federal government bills, draft regulations, selected private members’ bills and other government initiatives. The CBA Legislation and Law Reform department has compiled this list for leaders of CBA Sections and Committees, as an overview of recent federal issues on which they may wish to comment. The government’s summary and a link to the full text are included.

Chances are that you have already discussed the issues of interest with your CBA staff lawyer. Any CBA group already working on a response is listed after the summary. If your Section or Committee wishes to contribute to a CBA submission on any of these initiatives, please contact your staff lawyer.

GOVERNMENT BILLS

C-5, Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1

This enactment repeals Division 20 of Part 3 of the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1, which authorizes the Treasury Board to establish and modify, despite the Public Service Labour Relations Act, terms and conditions of employment related to the sick leave of employees who are employed in the core public administration.

First Reading in House of Commons February 5, 2016

C-12, Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act

This enactment amends the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act to, among other things,

  1. replace “permanent impairment allowance” with “career impact allowance”;
  2. replace “totally and permanently incapacitated” with “diminished earning capacity”;
  3. increase the percentage in the formula used to calculate the earnings loss benefit;
  4. specify when a disability award becomes payable and clarify the formula used to calculate the amount of a disability award;
  5. increase the amounts of a disability award; and
  6. increase the amount of a death benefit.

In addition, it contains transitional provisions that provide, among other things, that the Minister of Veterans Affairs must pay, to a person who received a disability award or a death benefit under that Act before April 1, 2017, an amount that represents the increase in the amount of the disability award or the death benefit, as the case may be.

It also makes consequential amendments to the Children of Deceased Veterans Education Assistance Act, the Pension Act and the Income Tax Act.

First Reading in House of Commons March 24, 2016

C-27, An Act to amend the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985

This enactment amends the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985 to provide a framework for the establishment, administration and supervision of target benefit plans. It also amends the Act to permit pension plan administrators to purchase immediate or deferred life annuities for former members or survivors so as to satisfy an obligation to provide pension benefits if the obligation arises from a defined benefit provision.

First Reading in House of Commons October 19, 2016

(CBA Pensions and Benefits Section)

C-28, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (victim surcharge)

This enactment amends the victim surcharge provisions in the Criminal Code to

  1. allow the court to exempt an offender from the payment of a victim surcharge in cases where the offender satisfies the court that the payment would cause the offender undue hardship and to provide the court with guidance with respect to what constitutes undue hardship;
  2. provide that a victim surcharge is to be paid for each offence, with an exception for certain administration of justice offences if the total amount of surcharges imposed on an offender for these types of offences would be disproportionate in the circumstances;
  3. require courts to provide reasons for the application of any exception for certain administration of justice offences or any exemption from the payment of a victim surcharge; and
  4. clarify that these amendments apply to any offender who is sentenced after the day on which the amendments come into force, regardless of whether or not the offence was committed before that day.

First Reading in House of Commons October 21, 2016.

(CBA Criminal Justice Section)

C-32, An Act related to the repeal of section 159 of the Criminal Code

This enactment amends the Criminal Code to repeal section 159 and to provide that no person shall be convicted of any historical offence of a sexual nature unless the act that constitutes the offence would constitute an offence under the Criminal Code if it were committed on the day on which the charge was laid. It also makes consequential amendments to that Act, the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

First Reading in House of Commons November 15, 2016
(CBA Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community Forum and Criminal Justice Section)

C-33, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

This enactment amends the Canada Elections Act to

  1. remove limitations on public education and information activities conducted by the Chief Electoral Officer;
  2. establish a Register of Future Electors in which Canadian citizens 14 to 17 years of age may consent to be included;
  3. authorize the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to provide the Chief Electoral Officer with information about permanent residents and foreign nationals for the purpose of updating the Register of Electors;
  4. remove the prohibition on the Chief Electoral Officer authorizing the notice of confirmation of registration (commonly known as a “voter information card”) as identification;
  5. replace, in the context of voter identification, the option of attestation for residence with an option of vouching for identity and residence;
  6. remove two limitations on voting by non-resident electors: the requirement that they have been residing outside Canada for less than five consecutive years, and the requirement that they intend to return to Canada to resume residence in the future; and
  7. relocate the Commissioner of Canada Elections to within the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, and provide that the Commissioner is to be appointed by the Chief Electoral Officer, after consultation with the Director of Public Prosecutions, for a non-renewable term

First Reading in House of Commons November 24, 2016

C-34, An Act to amend the Public Service Labour Relations Act and other Acts

This enactment amends the Public Service Labour Relations Act to restore the procedures for the choice of process of dispute resolution including those involving essential services, arbitration, conciliation and alternative dispute resolution that existed before December 13, 2013.

It also amends the Public Sector Equitable Compensation Act to restore the procedures applicable to arbitration and conciliation that existed before December 13, 2013.

It repeals provisions of the Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 2 that are not in force that amend the Public Service Labour Relations Act, the Canadian Human Rights Act, and the Public Service Employment Act and it repeals not in force provisions of the Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1 that amend those provisions.

First Reading in House of Commons November 28, 2016 

C-38, An Act to amend An Act to amend the Criminal Code (exploitation and trafficking in persons)

This enactment amends An Act to amend the Criminal Code (exploitation and trafficking in persons) so that certain sections of that Act can come into force on different days.

First Reading in House of Commons February 9, 2017

C-39, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (unconstitutional provisions) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

This enactment amends the Criminal Code to, among other things, remove passages and repeal provisions that have been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of Canada. It also repeals section 159 of that Act and provides that no person shall be convicted of any historical offence of a sexual nature unless the act that constitutes the offence would constitute an offence under the Criminal Code if it were committed on the day on which the charge was laid. It also makes consequential amendments to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

First Reading in House of Commons March 8, 2017

C-42, Veterans Well-being Act

This enactment amends the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act to, among other things,

  1. specify to whom career transition services may be provided under Part 1 of the Act and authorize the Governor in Council to make regulations respecting those services;
  2. create a new education and training benefit that will provide a veteran with up to $80,000 for a course of study at an educational institution or for other education or training that is approved by the Minister of Veterans Affairs;
  3. end the family caregiver relief benefit and replace it with a caregiver recognition benefit that is payable to a person designated by a veteran;
  4. authorize the Minister of Veterans Affairs to waive the requirement for an application for compensation, services or assistance under the Act in certain cases;
  5. set out to whom any amount payable under the Act is to be paid if the person who is entitled to that amount dies before receiving it; and
  6. change the name of the Act.

The enactment also amends the Pension Act and the Department of Veterans Affairs Act to remove references to hospitals under the jurisdiction of the Department of Veterans Affairs as there are no longer any such hospitals.

Finally, it makes consequential amendments to other Acts.

First Reading in House of Commons March 24, 2017

C-43, An Act respecting a payment to be made out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund to support a pan-Canadian artificial intelligence strategy

This enactment authorizes a payment to be made out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund to the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research to support a pan-Canadian artificial intelligence strategy.

First Reading in House of Commons March 24, 2017

C-48, Oil Tanker Moratorium Act

This enactment enacts the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, which prohibits oil tankers that are carrying more than 12 500 metric tons of crude oil or persistent oil as cargo from stopping, or unloading crude oil or persistent oil, at ports or marine installations located along British Columbia’s north coast from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to the Alaska border. The Act prohibits loading if it would result in the oil tanker carrying more than 12 500 metric tons of those oils as cargo.

The Act also prohibits vessels and persons from transporting crude oil or persistent oil between oil tankers and those ports or marine installations for the purpose of aiding the oil tanker to circumvent the prohibitions on oil tankers.
Finally, the Act establishes an administration and enforcement regime that includes requirements to provide information and to follow directions and that provides for penalties of up to a maximum of five million dollars.

Royal Assent June 21, 2019Second Reading in Senate December 11, 2018

C-52, An Act to amend Chapter 6 of the Statutes of Canada, 2012

This enactment, among other things,

  1. amends the Ending the Long-gun Registry Act, by repealing the amendments made by the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1, to retroactively restore the application of the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act to the records related to the registration of non-restricted firearms until the day on which this enactment receives royal assent;
  2. provides that the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act continue to apply to proceedings that were initiated under those Acts before that day until the proceedings are finally disposed of, settled or abandoned; and
  3. directs the Commissioner of Firearms to provide the minister of the Government of Quebec responsible for public security with a copy of such records, at that minister’s request.

First Reading in Senate December 12, 2017

C-56, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and the Abolition of Early Parole Act

This enactment amends the Corrections and Conditional Release Act to, among other things,

  1. reintroduce the expression “least restrictive” in certain provisions of the Act;
  2. provide that an inmate must be released from administrative segregation before the end of the 21st day of that confinement, unless the institutional head orders that the inmate is to remain in administrative segregation;
  3. provide that an independent external reviewer, appointed by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, will review the case of an inmate who is ordered to remain in administrative segregation after that 21st day and in other circumstances;
  4. provide that the independent external reviewer shall, after the review, make a recommendation to the institutional head as to whether or not the inmate should be released from administrative segregation;
  5. provide that, 18 months after the amendments referred to in paragraph (b) come into force, the 21-day limit referred to in that paragraph is reduced to a 15-day limit;
  6. provide that the head of the appropriate regional headquarters of the Correctional Service of Canada shall, in the circumstances prescribed by regulation, order that an inmate is to be released from, or to remain in, administrative segregation;
  7. provide for a comprehensive review of the legislative and regulatory reforms to the administrative segregation regime, to be conducted five years after those reforms take effect; and
  8. reintroduce the requirement that the Parole Board of Canada hold hearings following a suspension, termination or revocation of parole or statutory release.

This enactment also amends the Abolition of Early Parole Act to provide that the accelerated parole review process under the Corrections and Conditional Release Act continues to apply to offenders in respect of an offence committed before the day on which the Abolition of Early Parole Act came into force.

First Reading in House of Commons June 19, 2017

C-58, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

This enactment amends the Access to Information Act to, among other things,

  1. authorize the head of a government institution to decline to act on a request for access to a record for various reasons, including because it is vexatious or made in bad faith, and give the person who made the request the right to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner if their request is declined;
  2. authorize the Information Commissioner to refuse to investigate or cease to investigate a complaint that is, in the Commissioner’s opinion, trivial, frivolous or vexatious or made in bad faith;
  3. clarify the powers of the Information Commissioner and the Privacy Commissioner to examine documents containing information that is subject to solicitor-client privilege or the professional secrecy of advocates and notaries or to litigation privilege in the course of their investigations and clarify that the disclosure by the head of a government institution to either of those Commissioners of such documents does not constitute a waiver of those privileges or that professional secrecy;
  4. authorize the Information Commissioner to make orders for the release of records or with respect to other matters relating to requesting or obtaining records and give parties the right to apply to the Federal Court for a review of the matter;
  5. create a new Part providing for the proactive publication of information or materials related to the Senate, the House of Commons, parliamentary entities, ministers’ offices, government institutions and institutions that support superior courts;
  6. require the designated Minister to undertake a review of the Act within one year after the day on which this enactment receives royal assent and every five years afterward;
  7. authorize government institutions to provide to other government institutions services related to requests for access to records; and
  8. expand the Governor in Council’s power to amend Schedule I to the Act and to retroactively validate amendments to that schedule.
    It amends the Privacy Act to, among other things,
  9. create a new exception to the definition of “personal information” with respect to certain information regarding an individual who is a ministerial adviser or a member of a ministerial staff;
  10. authorize government institutions to provide to other government institutions services related to requests for personal information; and
  11. expand the Governor in Council’s power to amend the schedule to the Act and to retroactively validate amendments to that schedule.

It also makes consequential amendments to the Canada Evidence Act and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

Royal Assent June 21, 2019
(CBA Privacy and Access Law Section, Ethics Subcommittee, Judicial Issues Subcommittee).

C-59, An Act respecting national security matters

Part 1 enacts the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency Act, which establishes the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency and sets out its composition, mandate and powers. It repeals the provisions of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act establishing the Security Intelligence Review Committee and amends that Act and other Acts in order to transfer certain powers, duties and functions to the new Agency. It also makes related and consequential amendments to other Acts.

Part 2 enacts the Intelligence Commissioner Act, which provides that the duties and functions of the Intelligence Commissioner are to review the conclusions on the basis of which certain authorizations are issued or amended, and determinations are made, under the Communications Security Establishment Act and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and to approve those authorizations, admendments and determinations if those conclusions are reasonable. This Part also abolishes the position of the Commissioner of the Communications Security Establishment, provides for that Commissioner to become the Intelligence Commissioner, transfers the employees of the former Commissioner to the office of the new Commissioner and makes related and consequential amendments to other Acts.

Part 3 enacts the Communications Security Establishment Act, which establishes the Communications Security Establishment and, among other things, sets out the Establishment’s mandate as well as the regime for authorizing its activities. It also amends the National Defence Act and makes consequential amendments to other Acts.

Part 4 amends the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act to

  1. add a preamble to that Act and provide a mechanism to enhance the accountability of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service;
  2. add new limits on the exercise of the Service’s power to reduce threats to the security of Canada including, in particular, by setting out a list of measures that may be authorized by the Federal Court;
  3. provide a justification, subject to certain limitations, for the commission of acts or omissions that would otherwise constitute offences;
  4. exempt employees of the Service and persons acting under their direction from liability for offences related to acts committed for the sole purpose of establishing or maintaining a covert identity;
  5. create a regime for the Service to collect, retain, query and exploit datasets in the course of performing its duties and functions;
  6. make amendments to the warrant regime that are related to datasets; and
  7. implement measures for the management of datasets.

Part 5 amends the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act to, among other things,

  1. emphasize that the Act addresses only the disclosure of information and not its collection or use;
  2. clarify the definition of “activity that undermines the security of Canada”;
  3. clarify that advocacy, protest, dissent and artistic expression are not activities that undermine the security of Canada unless they are carried on in conjunction with an activity that undermines the security of Canada;
  4. provide that a disclosure of information is authorized only if the disclosure will contribute to the carrying out by the recipient institution of its national security responsibilities and will not affect any person’s privacy interest more than reasonably necessary;
  5. require that information disclosed be accompanied by information about the accuracy of the disclosed information and the reliability of the manner in which it was obtained; and
  6. require that records be prepared and kept in respect of every disclosure of information and that every year a copy of every record prepared in the preceding year be provided to the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency.

Part 6 amends the Secure Air Travel Act to authorize the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness to collect from air carriers and operators of aviation reservation systems, for the purpose of identifying listed persons, information about any individuals who are on board or expected to be on board an aircraft for any flight prescribed by regulation, and to exempt an air carrier from providing that information, or from the application of any provision of the regulations, in certain circumstances. It amends the Act to authorize that Minister to collect personal information from individuals for the purpose of issuing a unique identifier to them to assist with pre-flight verification of their identity. It also reverses the rule in relation to a deemed decision on an application for administrative recourse. Finally, it amends the Act to provide for certain other measures related to the collection, disclosure and destruction of information.

Part 7 amends the Criminal Code to, among other things,

  1. make certain procedural modifications to the terrorist listing regime under section 83.‍05, such as providing for a staggered ministerial review of listed entities and granting the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness the authority to amend the names, including aliases, of listed entities;
  2. change the offence of advocating or promoting terrorism offences in general, in section 83.‍221, to one of counselling the commission of a terrorism offence, and make corresponding changes to the definition of terrorist propaganda;
  3. raise one of the thresholds for imposing a recognizance with conditions under section 83.‍3, and amend when that section is to be reviewed and, unless extended by Parliament, to cease to have effect;
  4. repeal sections 83.‍28 and 83.‍29 relating to an investigative hearing into a terrorism offence and repeal subsections 83.‍31(1) and (1.‍1), which require annual reports on such hearings;
  5. require the Attorney General of Canada to publish a report each year setting out the number of terrorism recognizances entered into under section 810.‍011 in the previous year; and
  6. authorize a court, in proceedings for recognizances under any of sections 83 and 810 to 810.‍2, to make orders for the protection of witnesses.

Part 8 amends the Youth Criminal Justice Act to, among other things, ensure that the protections that are afforded to young persons apply in respect of proceedings in relation to recognizance orders, including those related to terrorism, and give employees of a department or agency of the Government of Canada access to youth records, for the purpose of administering the Canadian Passport Order.

Part 9 requires that a comprehensive review of the provisions and operation of this enactment take place during the sixth year after section 168 of this enactment comes into force. If that section 168 and section 34 of Bill C-22, introduced in the 1st session of the 42nd Parliament and entitled the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Act, come into force within one year of each other, the reviews required by those sections are to take place at the same time and are to be undertaken by the same committee or committees.

Royal Assent June 21, 2019
(CBA Criminal Justice Section, Military Law Section, Immigration Law Section, Privacy Law Section)

C-68, an Act to Amend the Fisheries Act and other Acts in consequence

This enactment amends the Fisheries Act to, among other things,

  1. require that, when making a decision under that Act, the Minister shall consider any adverse effects that the decision may have on the rights of the Indigenous peoples of Canada recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, include provisions respecting the consideration and protection of traditional knowledge of the Indigenous peoples of Canada, and authorize the making of agreements with Indigenous governing bodies to further the purpose of the Fisheries Act;
  2. add a purpose clause and considerations for decision-making under that Act;
  3. empower the Minister to establish advisory panels and to set fees, including for the provision of regulatory processes;
  4. provide measures for the protection of fish and fish habitat with respect to works, undertakings or activities that may result in the death of fish or the harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat, including in ecologically significant areas, as well as measures relating to the modernization of the regulatory framework such as authorization of projects, establishment of standards and codes of practice, creation of fish habitat banks by a proponent of a project and establishment of a public registry;
  5. empower the Governor in Council to make new regulations, including regulations respecting the rebuilding of fish stocks and importation of fish;
  6. empower the Minister to make regulations for the purposes of the conservation and protection of marine biodiversity;
  7. empower the Minister to make fisheries management orders prohibiting or limiting fishing for a period of 45 days to address a threat to the proper management and control of fisheries and the conservation and protection of fish;
  8. prohibit the fishing of a cetacean with the intent to take it into captivity, unless authorized by the Minister, including when the cetacean is injured, in distress or in need of care; and
  9. update and strengthen enforcement powers, as well as establish an alternative measures agreements regime.

The enactment also makes consequential amendments to other Acts.

Royal Assent June 21, 2019
(CBA Environmental, Energy and Resources Law and Aboriginal Law Sections)

C-69, an Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

Part 1 enacts the Impact Assessment Act and repeals the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. Among other things, the Impact Assessment Act

  1. names the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada as the authority responsible for impact assessments;
  2. provides for a process for assessing the environmental, health, social and economic effects of designated projects with a view to preventing certain adverse effects and fostering sustainability;
  3. prohibits proponents, subject to certain conditions, from carrying out a designated project if the designated project is likely to cause certain environmental, health, social or economic effects, unless the Minister of the Environment or Governor in Council determines that those effects are in the public interest, taking into account the impacts on the rights of the Indigenous peoples of Canada, all effects that may be caused by the carrying out of the project, the extent to which the project contributes to sustainability and other factors;
  4. establishes a planning phase for a possible impact assessment of a designated project, which includes requirements to cooperate with and consult certain persons and entities and requirements with respect to public participation;
  5. authorizes the Minister to refer an impact assessment of a designated project to a review panel if he or she considers it in the public interest to do so, and requires that an impact assessment be referred to a review panel if the designated project includes physical activities that are regulated under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation Act and the Canada–Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Accord Implementation Act;
  6. establishes time limits with respect to the planning phase, to impact assessments and to certain decisions, in order to ensure that impact assessments are conducted in a timely manner;
  7. provides for public participation and for funding to allow the public to participate in a meaningful manner;
  8. sets out the factors to be taken into account in conducting an impact assessment, including the impacts on the rights of the Indigenous peoples of Canada;
  9. provides for cooperation with certain jurisdictions, including Indigenous governing bodies, through the delegation of any part of an impact assessment, the joint establishment of a review panel or the substitution of another process for the impact assessment;
  10. provides for transparency in decision-making by requiring that the scientific and other information taken into account in an impact assessment, as well as the reasons for decisions, be made available to the public through a registry that is accessible via the Internet;
  11. provides that the Minister may set conditions, including with respect to mitigation measures, that must be implemented by the proponent of a designated project;
  12. provides for the assessment of cumulative effects of existing or future activities in a specific region through regional assessments and of federal policies, plans and programs, and of issues, that are relevant to the impact assessment of designated projects through strategic assessments; and
  13. sets out requirements for an assessment of environmental effects of non-designated projects that are on federal lands or that are to be carried out outside Canada.

Part 2 enacts the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, which establishes the Canadian Energy Regulator and sets out its composition, mandate and powers. The role of the Regulator is to regulate the exploitation, development and transportation of energy within Parliament’s jurisdiction.

The Canadian Energy Regulator Act, among other things,

  1. provides for the establishment of a Commission that is responsible for the adjudicative functions of the Regulator;
  2. ensures the safety and security of persons, energy facilities and abandoned facilities and the protection of property and the environment;
  3. provides for the regulation of pipelines, abandoned pipelines, and traffic, tolls and tariffs relating to the transmission of oil or gas through pipelines;
  4. provides for the regulation of international power lines and certain interprovincial power lines;
  5. provides for the regulation of renewable energy projects and power lines in Canada’s offshore;
  6. provides for the regulation of access to lands;
  7. provides for the regulation of the exportation of oil, gas and electricity and the interprovincial oil and gas trade; and
  8. sets out the process the Commission must follow before making, amending or revoking a declaration of a significant discovery or a commercial discovery under the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act and the process for appealing a decision made by the Chief Conservation Officer or the Chief Safety Officer under that Act.

Part 2 also repeals the National Energy Board Act.

Part 3 amends the Navigation Protection Act to, among other things,

  1. rename it the Canadian Navigable Waters Act;
  2. provide a comprehensive definition of navigable water;
  3. require that, when making a decision under that Act, the Minister must consider any adverse effects that the decision may have on the rights of the Indigenous peoples of Canada;
  4. require that an owner apply for an approval for a major work in any navigable water;
  5. set out the factors that the Minister must consider when deciding whether to issue an approval;
  6. provide a process for addressing navigation-related concerns when an owner proposes to carry out a work in navigable waters that are not listed in the schedule;
  7. provide the Minister with powers to address obstructions in any navigable water;
  8. amend the criteria and process for adding a reference to a navigable water to the schedule;
  9. require that the Minister establish a registry; and
  10. provide for new measures for the administration and enforcement of the Act.

Part 4 makes consequential amendments to Acts of Parliament and regulations.

Royal Assent June 21, 2019
(CBA Environmental, Energy and Resources Law and Aboriginal Law Sections)

C-71, an Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms

Part 1 of this Act amends the Firearms Act to, among other things,

  1. remove the reference to the five-year period, set out in subsection 5(2) of that Act, that applies to the mandatory consideration of certain eligibility criteria for holding a licence;
  2. require, when a non-restricted firearm is transferred, that the transferee’s firearms licence be verified by the Registrar of Firearms and that businesses keep certain information related to the transfer; and
  3. remove certain automatic authorizations to transport prohibited and restricted firearms.

Part 1 also amends the Criminal Code to repeal the authority of the Governor in Council to prescribe by regulation that a prohibited or restricted firearm be a non-restricted firearm or that a prohibited firearm be a restricted firearm and, in consequence, the Part

  1. repeals certain provisions of regulations made under the Criminal Code; and
  2. amends the Firearms Act to grandfather certain individuals and firearms, including firearms previously prescribed as restricted or non-restricted firearms in those provisions.

Furthermore, Part 1 amends section 115 of the Criminal Code to clarify that firearms and other things seized and detained by, or surrendered to, a peace officer at the time a prohibition order referred to in that section is made are forfeited to the Crown.

Part 2, among other things,

  1. amends the Ending the Long-gun Registry Act, by repealing the amendments made by the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1, to retroactively restore the application of the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act to the records related to the registration of non-restricted firearms until the day on which this enactment receives royal assent;
  2. provides that the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act continue to apply to proceedings that were initiated under those Acts before that day until the proceedings are finally disposed of, settled or abandoned; and
  3. directs the Commissioner of Firearms to provide the minister of the Government of Quebec responsible for public security with a copy of such records, at that minister’s request.

Royal Assent June 21, 2019

C-75, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other Acts

This enactment amends the Criminal Code to, among other things,

  1. modernize and clarify interim release provisions to simplify the forms of release that may be imposed on an accused, incorporate a principle of restraint and require that particular attention be given to the circumstances of Aboriginal accused and accused from vulnerable populations when making interim release decisions, and provide more onerous interim release requirements for offences involving violence against an intimate partner;
  2. provide for a judicial referral hearing to deal with administration of justice offences involving a failure to comply with conditions of release or failure to appear as required;
  3. abolish peremptory challenges of jurors, modify the process of challenging a juror for cause so that a judge makes the determination of whether a ground of challenge is true, and allow a judge to direct that a juror stand by for reasons of maintaining public confidence in the administration of justice;
  4. increase the maximum term of imprisonment for repeat offences involving intimate partner violence and provide that abuse of an intimate partner is an aggravating factor on sentencing;
  5. restrict the availability of a preliminary inquiry to offences punishable by imprisonment for life and strengthen the justice’s powers to limit the issues explored and witnesses to be heard at the inquiry;
  6. hybridize most indictable offences punishable by a maximum penalty of 10 years or less, increase the default maximum penalty to two years less a day of imprisonment for summary conviction offences and extend the limitation period for summary conviction offences to 12 months;
  7. remove the requirement for judicial endorsement for the execution of certain out-of-province warrants and authorizations, expand judicial case management powers, allow receiving routine police evidence in writing, consolidate provisions relating to the powers of the Attorney General and allow increased use of technology to facilitate remote attendance by any person in a proceeding;
  8. allow the court to exempt an offender from the requirement to pay a victim surcharge if the offender satisfies the court that the payment would cause the offender undue hardship, provide the court with guidance as to what constitutes undue hardship, provide that a victim surcharge is to be paid for each offence, with an exception for certain administration of justice offences if the total amount of surcharges imposed on an offender for those types of offences would be disproportionate in the circumstances, require courts to provide reasons for granting any exception for certain administration of justice offences or any exemption from the requirement to pay a victim surcharge and clarify that the amendments described in this paragraph apply to any offender who is sentenced after the day on which they come into force, regardless of whether or not the offence was committed before that day; and 
  9. remove passages and repeal provisions that have been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of Canada, repeal section 159 of the Act and provide that no person shall be convicted of any historical offence of a sexual nature unless the act that constitutes the offence would constitute an offence under the Criminal Code if it were committed on the day on which the charge was laid.

The enactment also amends the Youth Criminal Justice Act in order to reduce delays within the youth criminal justice system and enhance the effectiveness of that system with respect to administration of justice offences. For those purposes, the enactment amends that Act to, among other things,

  1. set out principles intended to encourage the use of extrajudicial measures and judicial reviews as alternatives to the laying of charges for administration of justice offences;
  2. set out requirements for imposing conditions on a young person’s release order or as part of a sentence;
  3. limit the circumstances in which a custodial sentence may be imposed for an administration of justice offence;
  4. remove the requirement for the Attorney General to determine whether to seek an adult sentence in certain circumstances; and
  5. remove the power of a youth justice court to make an order to lift the ban on publication in the case of a young person who receives a youth sentence for a violent offence, as well as the requirement to determine whether to make such an order.

Finally, the enactment amends among other Acts An Act to amend the Criminal Code (exploitation and trafficking in persons) so that certain sections of that Act can come into force on different days and also makes consequential amendments to other Acts.

Royal Assent June 21, 2019
(CBA Criminal Justice Section)

C-77, an Act to amend the National Defence Act and make related and consequential amendments to other Acts

This enactment amends provisions of the National Defence Act governing the military justice system.

It adds a new Division, entitled “Declaration of Victims Rights”, to the Code of Service Discipline, that specifies that victims of service offences have a right to information, protection, participation and restitution in respect of service offences. It adds or amends several definitions, including “victim” and “military justice system participant”, and specifies who may act on a victim’s behalf for the purposes of that Division.

It amends Part III of that Act to, among other things,

  1. specify the purpose of the Code of Service Discipline and the fundamental purpose of imposing sanctions at summary hearings;
  2. protect the privacy and security of victims and witnesses in proceedings involving certain sexual offences;
  3. specify factors that a military judge is to take into consideration when determining whether to make an exclusion order;
  4. make testimonial aids more accessible to vulnerable witnesses;
  5. allow witnesses to testify using a pseudonym in appropriate cases;
  6. on application, make publication bans for victims under the age of 18 mandatory;
  7. in certain circumstances, require a military judge to inquire of the prosecutor if reasonable steps have been taken to inform the victims of any plea agreement entered into by the accused and the prosecutor;
  8. provide that the acknowledgment of the harm done to the victims and to the community is a sentencing objective;
  9. provide for different ways of presenting victim impact statements;
  10. allow for military impact statements and community impact statements to be considered for all service offences;
  11. provide, as a principle of sentencing, that particular attention should be given to the circumstances of Aboriginal offenders;
  12. provide for the creation, in regulations, of service infractions that can be dealt with by summary hearing;
  13. provide for a scale of sanctions in respect of service infractions and for the principles applicable to those sanctions;
  14. provide for a six-month limitation period in respect of summary hearings; and
  15. provide superior commanders, commanding officers and delegated officers with jurisdiction to conduct a summary hearing in respect of a person charged with having committed a service infraction if the person is at least one rank below the officer conducting the summary hearing.

Finally, the enactment makes related and consequential amendments to certain Acts. Most notably, it amends the Criminal Code to include military justice system participants in the class of persons against whom offences relating to intimidation of a justice system participant can be committed.

Royal Assent June 21, 2019

C-78, an Act to amend the Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act

This enactment amends the Divorce Act to, among other things,

  1. replace terminology related to custody and access with terminology related to parenting;
  2. establish a non-exhaustive list of criteria with respect to the best interests of the child;
  3. create duties for parties and legal advisers to encourage the use of family dispute resolution processes;
  4. introduce measures to assist the courts in addressing family violence;
  5. establish a framework for the relocation of a child; and
  6. simplify certain processes, including those related to family support obligations.

The enactment also amends the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act to, among other things,

  1. allow the release of information to help obtain and vary a support provision;
  2. expand the release of information to other provincial family justice government entities;
  3. permit the garnishment of federal moneys to recover certain expenses related to family law; and
  4. extend the binding period of a garnishee summons.

The enactment also amends those two Acts to implement

  1. the Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children, concluded at The Hague on October 19,1996; and
  2. the Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance, concluded at The Hague on November 23,2007.

The enactment also amends the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act to, among other things,

  1. give priority to family support obligations; and
  2. simplify the processes under the Act.

Finally, this enactment also includes transitional provisions and makes consequential amendments to the Criminal Code.

Royal Assent June 21, 2019
(CBA Family Law, Children and Youth Law, Constitutional and Human Rights Law, French Speaking Lawyers, and ADR Sections)

C-81, Accessible Canada Act

This enactment enacts the Accessible Canada Act in order to enhance the full and equal participation of all persons, especially persons with disabilities, in society. This is to be achieved through the progressive realization, within the purview of matters coming within the legislative authority of Parliament, of a Canada without barriers, particularly by the identification, removal and prevention of barriers.

Part 1 of the Act establishes the Minister’s mandate, powers, duties and functions.

Part 2 of the Act establishes the Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization and provides for its mandate and structure and its powers, duties and functions.

Part 3 of the Act authorizes the Accessibility Commissioner to provide the Minister with information, advice and written reports in respect of the administration and enforcement of the Act. It also requires the Accessibility Commissioner to submit an annual report on his or her activities under the Act to the Minister for tabling in Parliament.

Part 4 of the Act imposes duties on regulated entities that include the duty to prepare accessibility plans and progress reports in consultation with persons with disabilities, the duty to publish those plans and reports and the duty to establish a feedback process and to publish a description of it.

Part 5 of the Act provides for the Accessibility Commissioner’s inspection and other powers, including the power to make production orders and compliance orders and the power to impose administrative monetary penalties.

Part 6 of the Act provides for a complaints process for, and the awarding of compensation to, individuals that have suffered physical or psychological harm, property damage or economic loss as the result of — or that have otherwise been adversely affected by — the contravention of provisions of the regulations.

Part 7 of the Act provides for the appointment of the Chief Accessibility Officer and sets out that officer’s duties and functions, including the duty to advise the Minister in respect of systemic or emerging accessibility issues.

Part 8 of the Act authorizes the Governor in Council to make regulations, including regulations to establish accessibility standards and to specify the form of accessibility plans and progress reports. It also provides, among other things, for the designation of the week starting on the last Sunday in May as National AccessAbility Week.

Part 9 of the Act provides for the application of certain provisions of the Act to parliamentary entities, without limiting the powers, privileges and immunities of the Senate, the House of Commons and the members of those Houses.

Parts 10 and 11 of the Act make related and consequential amendments to certain Acts.

Royal Assent June 21, 2019

C-82, Multilateral Instrument in Respect of Tax Conventions Act

This enactment implements a multilateral instrument in respect of conventions for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income.

The multilateral instrument is an international treaty developed as part of the G20 and OECD’s project to tackle base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). The purpose of the multilateral instrument is to modify, in their application, tax conventions between two or more parties to the multilateral instrument so as to further the objectives of the tax convention. The multilateral instrument operates alongside tax conventions to modify them in their application; it does not directly modify the text of the tax conventions. The multilateral instrument will apply to a Canadian bilateral double tax convention only if both parties to the convention notify the depositary that the convention is intended to be covered by the multilateral instrument. The Secretary-General of the OECD is the depositary of the multilateral instrument. The implementation of the multilateral instrument requires the enactment of this Act.

Royal Assent June 21, 2019

C-83, an Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and another Act

This enactment amends the Corrections and Conditional Release Act to, among other things,

  1. eliminate the use of administrative segregation and disciplinary segregation;
  2. authorize the Commissioner to designate a penitentiary or an area in a penitentiary as a structured intervention unit for the confinement of inmates who cannot be maintained in the mainstream inmate population for security or other reasons;
  3. provide less invasive alternatives to physical body cavity searches;
  4. affirm that the Correctional Service of Canada has the obligation to support the autonomy and clinical independence of registered health care professionals;
  5. provide that the Correctional Service of Canada has the obligation to provide inmates with access to patient advocacy services;
  6. provide that the Correctional Service of Canada has an obligation to consider systemic and background factors unique to Indigenous offenders in all decision-making; and
  7. improve victims’ access to audio recordings of parole hearings.

This enactment also amends the English version of a provision of the Criminal Records Act.

Royal Assent June 21, 2019

C-84, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (bestiality and animal fighting)

This enactment amends the Criminal Code to

  1. define “bestiality”;
  2. expand the scope of the offence of encouraging, aiding or assisting at the fighting or baiting of animals or birds so that the offence
    1. includes promoting, arranging, receiving money for or taking part in the fighting or baiting of animals or birds, and
    2. also applies with respect to the training, transporting or breeding of animals or birds for fighting or baiting; and
  3. expand the scope of the offence of building, making, maintaining or keeping a cockpit so that the offence applies with respect to any arena for animal fighting.

Royal Assent June 21, 2019

C-87, Poverty Reduction Act

This enactment enacts the Poverty Reduction Act, which provides for an official metric and other metrics to measure the level of poverty in Canada, sets out two poverty reduction targets in Canada and establishes the National Advisory Council on Poverty.

First Reading in House of Commons November 6, 2018

C-88, An Act to amend the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

Part 1 of this enactment amends the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act to establish an administration and enforcement scheme in Part 5 of that Act that includes the issuance of development certificates. It also adds an administrative monetary penalty scheme and a cost recovery scheme, provides regulation-making powers for both schemes and for consultation with Aboriginal peoples and it allows the Minister to establish a committee to conduct regional studies. Finally, it repeals a number of provisions of the Northwest Territories Devolution Act that, among other things, restructure the regional panels of the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board, but that were not brought into force.

Part 2 of the enactment amends the Canada Petroleum Resources Act to allow the Governor in Council to prohibit certain works or activities on frontier lands if the Governor in Council considers that it is in the national interest to do so.

Royal Assent June 21, 2019

C-91, Indigenous Languages Act

This enactment provides, among other things, that

  1. the Government of Canada recognizes that the rights of Indigenous peoples recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 include rights related to Indigenous languages;
  2. the Minister of Canadian Heritage may enter into different types of agreements or arrangements in respect of Indigenous languages with Indigenous governments or other Indigenous governing bodies or Indigenous organizations, taking into account the unique circumstances and needs of Indigenous groups, communities and peoples; and
  3. federal institutions may cause documents to be translated into an Indigenous language or provide interpretation services to facilitate the use of an Indigenous language. The enactment also establishes the Office of the Commissioner of Indigenous Languages and sets out its composition. The Office’s mandate and powers, duties and functions include
    1. supporting the efforts of Indigenous peoples to reclaim, revitalize, maintain and strengthen Indigenous languages;
    2. promoting public awareness of, among other things, the richness and diversity of Indigenous languages;
    3. undertaking research or studies in respect of the provision of funding for the purposes of supporting Indigenous languages and in respect of the use of Indigenous languages in Canada;
    4. providing services, including mediation or other culturally appropriate services, to facilitate the resolution of disputes; and
    5. submitting to the Minister of Canadian Heritage an annual report on, among other things, the use and vitality of Indigenous languages in Canada and the adequacy of funding provided by the Government of Canada for initiatives related to Indigenous languages.

Royal Assent June 21, 2019

C-92, An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and MĂ©tis children, youth and families

This enactment affirms the rights and jurisdiction of Indigenous peoples in relation to child and family services and sets out principles applicable, on a national level, to the provision of child and family services in relation to Indigenous children, such as the best interests of the child, cultural continuity and substantive equality.

Royal Assent June 21, 2019

C-93, An Act to provide no-cost, expedited record suspensions for simple possession of cannabis

This enactment amends the Criminal Records Act to, among other things, allow persons who have been convicted under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Narcotic Control Act and the National Defence Act only of simple possession of cannabis offences committed before October 17, 2018 to apply for a record suspension without being subject to the period required by the Criminal Records Act for other offences or to the fee that is otherwise payable in applying for a suspension.

Royal Assent June 21, 2019

C-94, An Act respecting certain payments to be made out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund

This enactment authorizes payments to be made out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund in relation to infrastructure as well as to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and to the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service.

First Reading in House of Commons March 20, 2019

C-97, Budget Implementation Act, 2019, No. 1

Part 1 implements certain income tax and related measures by

  1. providing a temporary enhanced first-year capital cost allowance rate of 100% in respect of eligible zero-emission vehicles;
  2. removing the requirement that property be of “national importance” in order to qualify for the enhanced tax incentives for donations of cultural property;
  3. providing a temporary enhanced first-year capital cost allowance rate in respect of a wide range of depreciable capital properties, including a temporary first-year capital cost allowance rate of 100% in respect of
    1. machinery and equipment used for the manufacturing or processing of goods, and
    2. specified clean energy equipment;
  4. ensuring that social assistance payments under certain programs are non-taxable, are not included in income for the purposes of determining entitlement to income-tested benefits and credits and do not preclude an individual from being considered a “parent” for the purposes of the Canada Workers Benefit;
  5. repealing the use of taxable income as a factor in determining a Canadian-controlled private corporation’s annual expenditure limit for the purpose of the enhanced scientific research and experimental development tax credit;
  6. providing support for Canadian journalism;
  7. introducing the Canada Training Credit;
  8. amending the Income Tax Act to reflect the current regulations for accessing cannabis for medical purposes;
  9. eliminating the requirement that sales be to a farming or fishing cooperative corporation in order to be excluded from specified corporate income for the purposes of the small business deduction;
  10. extending the mineral exploration tax credit for an additional five years;
  11. ensuring that business income of a communal organization retains its character when it is allocated to members of the communal organization for tax purposes;
  12. increasing the withdrawal limit under the Home Buyers’ Plan and amending how it applies on the breakdown of a marriage or common-law partnership;
  13. extending joint and several liability for tax owing on income from carrying on business in a TFSA to the TFSA’s holder and limiting the TFSA issuer’s liability for such tax;
  14. supporting employees who must reimburse a salary overpayment to their employer due to a system, administrative or clerical error;
  15. expanding tax support for electric vehicle charging stations and electrical energy storage equipment;
  16. allowing joint projects of producers from Canada and Belgium to qualify for the Canadian film or video production tax credit; and
  17. ensuring appropriate pension adjustment calculations in 2019 and subsequent tax years for registered pension plans that reference the enhanced Canada Pension Plan.

Part 2 implements certain goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) measures proposed in the March 19, 2019 budget

  1. to provide GST/HST relief in the health care sector by relieving the GST/HST on supplies and importations of human ova and importations of in vitro embryos, by adding licenced podiatrists and chiropodists to the list of practitioners on whose order supplies of foot care devices are zero-rated and by exempting from the GST/HST certain health care services rendered by a multidisciplinary team of licenced health care professionals; and
  2. by introducing amendments to ensure that the GST/HST treatment of expenses incurred in respect of zero-emission passenger vehicles parallels the income tax treatment of those vehicles.

Part 3 implements certain excise measures proposed in the March 19, 2019 budget by changing the federal excise duty rates on cannabis products that are edible cannabis, cannabis extracts (including cannabis oils) and cannabis topicals to $0.‍0025 per milligram of total tetrahydrocannabinol contained in the cannabis product.

Part 4 enacts and amends several Acts in order to implement various measures.
Subdivision A of Division 1 of Part 4 amends the Bank Act to, among other things, provide members of federal credit unions with different methods of voting prior to meetings and provide additional exceptions to the requirement that a proxy circular be sent in order to solicit proxies. The Subdivision also makes a technical amendment to An Act to amend certain Acts in relation to financial institutions.

Subdivision B of Division 1 of Part 4 amends the Canadian Payments Act to allow the term of the elected directors of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Payments Association to be renewed twice, to extend the term of the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of that Board and to allow the remuneration of certain members of the Stakeholder Advisory Council.

Subdivision A of Division 2 of Part 4 amends the Canada Business Corporations Act to require a corporation, on request by an investigative body that has reasonable grounds to suspect that certain offences have been committed, to provide to the investigative body a copy of its register of individuals with significant control or information in that registry that is specified by the investigative body. It also requires those investigative bodies to keep certain records in relation to their requests and to report annually in respect of those requests.

Subdivision B of Division 2 of Part 4 amends the Criminal Code to add the element of recklessness to the offence of laundering proceeds of crime.

Subdivision C of Division 2 of Part 4 amends the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act to, among other things,

  1. allow the Governor in Council to make regulations defining “virtual currency” and “dealing in virtual currencies”;
  2. require the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (“the Centre”) to disclose information to the Agence du Revenu du QuĂ©bec and the Competition Bureau in certain circumstances;
  3. allow the Centre to disclose additional designated information that is associated with the import and export of currency and monetary instruments;
  4. provide that certain information must not be the subject of a confidentiality order made in the course of an appeal to the Federal Court; and
  5. require the Centre to make public certain information if a person or entity is deemed to have committed a violation or is served a notice of a decision of the Director indicating that a person or entity has committed a violation.

Subdivision D of Division 2 of Part 4 amends the Seized Property Management Act to authorize the Minister to, among other things,

  1. provide consultative and other services to any person employed in the federal public administration or by a provincial or municipal authority in relation to the seizure, restraint, custody, management, forfeiture or disposal of certain property;
  2. manage property seized, restrained or forfeited under any Act of Parliament or of the legislature of a province; and
  3. dispose of property when it is forfeited to Her Majesty in right of Canada and, with the consent of the government of the province, when it is forfeited to Her Majesty in right of a province, and share the proceeds.

The Subdivision also makes consequential amendments to the Criminal Code, the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act and the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act.

Division 3 of Part 4 amends the Employment Equity Act to require federally regulated private-sector employers to report salary information that supports employment equity reporting beyond salary ranges, including making wage gap information by occupational groups more evident.

Division 4 of Part 4 authorizes payments to be made out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for climate action support and in relation to infrastructure as well as to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and to the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service.

Division 5 of Part 4 amends the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act to, among other things,

  1. require all parties in a proceeding under the Act to act in good faith; and
  2. allow the court to inquire into certain payments made to, among other persons, directors or officers of a corporation in the year preceding insolvency and imposes liability on the directors for those payments.

The Division amends the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act to, among other things,

  1. limit the relief provided in an order made under section 11 to what is reasonably necessary and limit the period staying all proceedings that might be taken in respect of the company to 10 days;
  2. allow the court to make an order to disclose an economic interest in respect of a debtor company; and
  3. require all parties in a proceeding under the Act to act in good faith.

The Division also amends the Canada Business Corporations Act to, among other things,

  1. set out factors that directors and officers of a corporation may consider when acting with a view to the best interests of that corporation; and
  2. require directors of certain corporations to disclose certain information to shareholders respecting diversity, well-being and remuneration.

Finally, the Division amends the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985 to clarify that a pension plan is not to provide that, among other things, a member’s pension benefit or entitlement to a pension benefit is affected when a plan terminates. It also authorizes a pension plan administrator to purchase an immediate or deferred life annuity for former members or survivors in order to satisfy an obligation under the plan to provide a pension benefit arising from a defined benefit provision.

Division 6 of Part 4 amends the Canada Pension Plan to authorize the Minister of Employment and Social Development to waive the requirement for an application for a retirement pension in certain cases.

Division 7 of Part 4 amends the Old Age Security Act to provide, starting in July 2020, a new income exemption for the purposes of calculating the Guaranteed Income Supplement. The new exemption excludes the first $5,000 of a person’s employment and self-employment income as well as 50% of their employment and self-employment income greater than $5,000 but not exceeding $15,000.

Division 8 of Part 4 amends the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act, the Public Service Superannuation Act and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act to increase the surplus limit that applies to the Canadian Forces Pension Fund, the Public Service Pension Fund and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Pension Fund, respectively, to 25% of the amount of liabilities.

Subdivision A of Division 9 of Part 4 amends the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act to permit trustee licensing fees to be paid on a date to be prescribed by regulation and to permit trustees to maintain electronic records instead of retaining original documents.

Subdivision B of Division 9 of Part 4 amends the Electricity and Gas Inspection Act to allow for the addition, by regulation, of units of measurement for electricity and gas sales and distribution.

Subdivision C of Division 9 of Part 4 amends the Food and Drugs Act to improve safety and enable innovation by introducing measures to, among other things,

  1. allow the Minister of Health to classify certain products exclusively as foods, drugs, cosmetics or devices;
  2. provide oversight over the conduct of clinical trials for drugs, devices and certain foods for special dietary purposes;
  3. provide a regulatory framework for advanced therapeutic products; and
  4. modernize inspection powers.

Subdivision D of Division 9 of Part 4 amends the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act to limit the application of the Act to intoxicating liquors imported into Canada.

Subdivision E of Division 9 of Part 4 amends the Precious Metals Marking Act to provide that exemptions made by regulation can be either conditional or unconditional.

Subdivision F of Division 9 of Part 4 amends the Textile Labelling Act to provide that exemptions made by regulation can be either conditional or unconditional.

Subdivision G of Division 9 of Part 4 amends the Weights and Measures Act to authorize, by regulation, the use of new units of measurement and to update the definitions of the basic units of measurement in accordance with international standards.

Subdivision H of Division 9 of Part 4 amends the Hazardous Materials Information Review Act to streamline the process for reviewing claims for exemption, to allow for the suspension and cancellation of exemptions and to harmonize the provisions of the Act that allow for the disclosure of confidential business information with similar provisions in other Department of Health Acts.

Subdivision I of Division 9 of Part 4 amends the Canada Transportation Act to authorize the electronic administration and enforcement of Acts under the Minister of Transport’s authority and to promote innovation in transportation by authorizing the granting of exemptions for the purpose of research, development and testing.

Subdivision J of Division 9 of Part 4 amends the Pest Control Products Act to, among other things, allow the Minister of Health to

  1. expand the scope of a re-evaluation of, or a special review in relation to, a pest control product rather than initiating a new special review; and
  2. decide not to initiate a special review if the aspect of a pest control product that would otherwise prompt such a review is being, or has been, addressed in a re-evaluation or another special review.

Subdivision K of Division 9 of Part 4 repeals the provisions of the Quarantine Act that relate to the laying of proposed regulations before Parliament.

Subdivision L of Division 9 of Part 4 repeals the provisions of the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act that relate to the laying of proposed regulations before Parliament.

Division 10 of Part 4 amends the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act to establish the Management Advisory Board, which is to provide advice to the Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on the administration and management of that police force.

Division 11 of Part 4 amends the Pilotage Act to, among other things,

  1. set out a clear purpose and principles for that Act;
  2. transfer the responsibility for making regulations from the Pilotage Authorities, with the approval of the Governor in Council, to the Governor in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Transport;
  3. transfer responsibility for enforcing that Act and issuing and charging for licences and certificates from the Pilotage Authorities to the Minister of Transport;
  4. set out an enforcement regime that is consistent with other Department of Transport Acts;
  5. provide that regulatory matters for the safe provision of compulsory pilotage services not be addressed in service contracts between the Pilotage Authorities and pilot corporations;
  6. allow the Pilotage Authorities to impose charges other than by making regulations;
  7. require that service contracts between pilot corporations and the Pilotage Authorities be publicly available; and
  8. prohibit pilots, or users or suppliers of pilotage services, from sitting on the board of directors of a Pilotage Authority.

The Division also makes consequential amendments to the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act and the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada Act.

Division 12 of Part 4 enacts the Security Screening Services Commercialization Act. That Act, among other things,

  1. authorizes the Governor in Council to designate a body corporate incorporated under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act as the designated screening authority, which is to be solely responsible for providing aviation security screening services;
  2. authorizes the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority to sell or otherwise dispose of its assets and liabilities to the designated screening authority;
  3. regulates the establishment, imposition and collection of charges related to the provision of aviation security screening services; and
  4. provides for the dissolution of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.

The Division also makes consequential amendments to other Acts.

Division 13 of Part 4 amends the Aviation Industry Indemnity Act to authorize the Minister of Transport to undertake to indemnify

  1. NAV CANADA for acts or omissions it commits in accordance with an instruction given under an agreement entered into between NAV CANADA and Her Majesty respecting the provision of air navigation services to the Department of National Defence; and
  2. any beneficiary under an insurance policy held by an aviation industry participant.

Division 14 of Part 4 amends the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada Act to clarify that the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada has jurisdiction in respect of reviews and appeals in connection with administrative monetary penalties provided for under the Marine Liability Act.

Division 15 of Part 4 enacts the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants Act. That Act creates a new self-regulatory regime governing immigration and citizenship consultants. It provides that the purpose of the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants is to regulate immigration and citizenship consultants in the public interest and protect the public. That Act, among other things,

  1. creates a licensing regime for immigration and citizenship consultants and requires that licensees comply with a code of professional conduct, initially established by the responsible Minister;
  2. authorizes the College’s Complaints Committee to conduct investigations into a licensee’s conduct and activities;
  3. authorizes the College’s Discipline Committee to take or require action if it determines that a licensee has committed professional misconduct or was incompetent;
  4. prohibits persons who are not licensees from using certain titles and representing themselves to be licensees and provides that the College may seek an injunction for the contravention of those prohibitions;
  5. provides the responsible Minister with the authority to determine the number of directors on the board of directors and to require the Board to do anything that is advisable to carry out the purposes of that Act; and
  6. contains transitional provisions allowing the existing regulator — the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council — to be continued as the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants or, if the existing regulator is not continued, allowing the establishment of the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants, a new corporation without share capital.

The Division also makes related amendments to the Citizenship Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to double the existing maximum fines applicable to the offence of contravening section 21.‍1 of the Citizenship Act or section 91 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

In addition, it amends those Acts to provide the authority to make regulations establishing a system of administrative penalties and consequences, including of administrative monetary penalties, applicable to certain violations by persons who provide representation or advice for consideration — or offer to do so — in immigration or citizenship matters.

Finally, the Division makes consequential amendments to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.

Division 16 of Part 4 amends the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to

  1. introduce a new ground of ineligibility for refugee protection if a claimant has previously made a claim for refugee protection in another country;
  2. provide that if the Federal Court refuses a person’s application for leave to commence an application for judicial review, or denies their application for judicial review, with respect to their claim for refugee protection or their application for protection, the date of that refusal or denial is the first day of the period that must pass before a request or application referred to in section 24, 25 or 112 of that Act may be made; and
  3. authorize the Governor in Council to make an order regarding the processing of applications for temporary resident visas, work permits and study permits made by citizens or nationals of a foreign state or territory if the Governor in Council is of the opinion that the government or competent authority of that state or territory is unreasonably refusing to issue or unreasonably delaying the issuance of travel documents to citizens or nationals of that state or territory who are in Canada.

Division 17 of Part 4 amends the Federal Courts Act to increase the number of Federal Court judges.

Division 18 of Part 4 amends the National Housing Act to allow the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation to acquire an interest or right in a housing project that is occupied or intended to be occupied by the owner of the project and to make an investment in order to acquire such an interest or right.

Division 19 of Part 4 enacts the National Housing Strategy Act. That Act provides for, among other things, the development and maintenance of a national housing strategy and imposes requirements related to the mandatory content of the strategy. It also establishes a National Housing Council and requires the appointment of a Federal Housing Advocate. Finally, it requires the submission of an annual report by the Advocate on systemic housing issues and the submission of periodic reports by the designated Minister on the implementation of the strategy and the achievement of desired housing outcomes.

Division 20 of Part 4 enacts the Poverty Reduction Act, which provides for an official metric and other metrics to measure the level of poverty in Canada, sets out two poverty reduction targets in Canada and establishes the National Advisory Council on Poverty.

Division 21 of Part 4 amends the Veterans Well-being Act to expand the eligibility criteria for the education and training benefit in order to make members of the Supplementary Reserve eligible for that benefit.

Division 22 of Part 4 amends the Canada Student Loans Act and the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act to extend the interest-free period on student loans by six months and to provide for transitional measures in respect of individuals to whom student loans were made and who ceased to be students at any time during the six months before the amendments come into force.

Division 23 of Part 4 amends the Canada National Parks Act to establish Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve of Canada and to decrease the hectarage of certain ski areas.

Division 24 of Part 4 amends the Parks Canada Agency Act to provide that, starting on April 1, 2021, any balance of money appropriated to the Parks Canada Agency that is not spent by the Agency in the fiscal year in which it was appropriated lapses at the end of that fiscal year.

Subdivision A of Division 25 of Part 4 enacts the Department of Indigenous Services Act, which establishes the Department of Indigenous Services and confers on the Minister of Indigenous Services various responsibilities relating to the provision of services to Indigenous individuals eligible to receive those services.

Subdivision B of Division 25 of Part 4 enacts the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Act, which establishes the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, confers on the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations various responsibilities relating to relations with Indigenous peoples and confers on the Minister of Northern Affairs various responsibilities relating to the administration of Northern affairs.

Subdivision C of Division 25 of Part 4 makes amendments to other Acts and repeals the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Act.

Subdivision D of Division 25 of Part 4 makes amendments to the First Nations Land Management Act, the First Nations Oil and Gas and Moneys Management Act and the Addition of Lands to Reserves and Reserve Creation Act.

Division 26 of Part 4 enacts the Federal Prompt Payment for Construction Work Act in order to establish a regime to provide prompt payments to contractors and subcontractors for construction work performed for the purposes of a construction project in respect of federal real property or federal immovables and a regime to resolve disputes over the non-payment of that construction work.

Royal Assent June 21, 2019

C-98, An Act to amend the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act and the Canada Border Services Agency Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

This enactment amends the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act to, among other things, rename the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as the Public Complaints and Review Commission.

It also amends the Canada Border Services Agency Act to, among other things, grant to that Commission powers, duties and functions in relation to the Canada Border Services Agency, including the power to conduct a review of the activities of that Agency and to investigate complaints concerning the conduct of any of that Agency’s officers or employees.

It also makes consequential amendments to other Acts.

First Reading in Senate June 20, 2019

C-99, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act

This enactment amends the Citizenship Act to include, in the Oath or Affirmation of Citizenship, a solemn promise to respect the Aboriginal and treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit and MĂ©tis peoples.

First Reading in House of Commons May 28, 2019

C-100, An Act to implement the Agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States

This enactment implements the Agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States, done at Buenos Aires on November 30, 2018.

The general provisions of the enactment set out rules of interpretation and specify that no recourse is to be taken on the basis of sections 9 to 19 or any order made under those sections, or on the basis of the provisions of the Agreement, without the consent of the Attorney General of Canada.

Part 1 approves the Agreement, provides for the payment by Canada of its share of the expenditures associated with the operation of the institutional and administrative aspects of the Agreement and gives the Governor in Council the power to make orders in accordance with the Agreement.

Part 2 amends certain Acts to bring them into conformity with Canada’s obligations under the Agreement.

Part 3 contains coordinating amendments and the coming into force provisions.

Second Reading and Referral to Committee in House of Commons June 20,2019

C-101, An Act to amend the Customs Tariff and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act

This enactment provides for the repeal of subsections 55(5) and (6) of the Customs Tariff and their subsequent re-enactment two years later. It also makes consequential amendments to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act.

Royal Assent June 21, 2019

C-102, Appropriation Act No. 2, 2019-20

This enactment grants the sum of $87,942,270,230 towards defraying charges and expenses of the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020 that are not otherwise provided for.

Royal Assent June 21, 2019

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S-202, Shared Parenting Act

This enactment amends the Divorce Act to provide for parenting plans that set out the responsibilities and authority of each spouse with respect to the care, development and upbringing of a child of the marriage. A parenting plan may be included in an application for a custody or access order brought by one or both spouses under the Act.

The new provisions also set out the fundamental principles of shared parenting that are to be included in a parenting plan, although the court may approve a plan that does not include all the listed principles if satisfied that doing so is in the best interests of the child.

The enactment also requires a court to satisfy itself that reasonable arrangements have been made for the parenting of any children of a marriage before granting a divorce under the Act.

Second Reading in Senate and Referral to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee October 6, 2016

(CBA Family Law Section)

S-203, Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act

This enactment amends the Criminal Code to create offences respecting cetaceans in captivity. It also amends the Fisheries Act to prohibit the taking of a cetacean into captivity and the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act to prohibit the import of a cetacean into Canada and the export of a cetacean from Canada.

Royal Assent June 21, 2019

S-205, An Act to amend the Canada Border Services Agency Act (Inspector General of the Canada Border Services Agency) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

This enactment provides for the appointment of an Inspector General of the Canada Border Services Agency with the authority to report on and make recommendations concerning the Agency’s activities and the capacity to receive and investigate complaints about the Agency.

Third Reading in Senate October 25, 2016

S-206, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of children against standard child-rearing violence)

This enactment removes the justification in the Criminal Code available to schoolteachers, parents and persons standing in the place of parents of using force as a means of correction toward a pupil or child under their care.

It provides the Government with up to one year between the dates of royal assent and coming into force, which could be used to educate Canadians and to coordinate with the provinces.

First Reading in House of Commons January 28, 2019

S-209, An Act to amend the Official Languages Act (communications with and services to the public)

This enactment amends the Official Languages Act to introduce the concept of equal quality of communications and services offered by federal institutions in each official language.

The enactment modifies the criteria used to determine if there is a significant demand for communications and services in either official language.

The enactment specifies the locations where federal institutions have a duty to provide communications and services in both official languages.

The enactment provides for a review of the regulations enacted under Part IV of the Act after every decennial census.

The provisions on prior consultation are applied more specifically to regulations that provide for exceptions to the application of Part IV of the Act in certain circumstances or to certain bodies.

Second Reading in Senate and Referral to Official Languages Committee November 17, 2016

S-212, Aboriginal Languages of Canada Act

This enactment recognizes the right of the aboriginal peoples of Canada to use, preserve, revitalize and promote their languages, and expresses the Government of Canada’s commitment to preserve, revitalize and promote aboriginal languages in Canada by protecting them and using them where appropriate.

It requires the designated Minister to take measures to implement this commitment, including measures to recognize and support the right of aboriginal governments to use and promote aboriginal languages; to encourage and support provincial and territorial governments and municipal, local and educational authorities to support aboriginal languages; to increase opportunities for aboriginal persons to learn and become more proficient in their languages; to increase the number of circumstances in which aboriginal languages are used and supported; and to foster a positive attitude among all Canadians toward aboriginal languages.

Second Reading in Senate and Referral to Aboriginal Peoples Committee December 1, 2016

S-213, An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 and the Parliament of Canada Act (Speakership of the Senate)

This enactment amends the Constitution Act, 1867 to provide for the election of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker of the Senate. It further amends the Constitution Act, 1867 to provide for a voting procedure in the Senate similar to the one used in the House of Commons, where the elected Speaker of that House may not vote except when the votes on a question are equally divided.

The enactment also makes related amendments to the Parliament of Canada Act.

Report Presented by Special Committee on Senate Modernization without Amendment in Senate March 28, 2017

S-214, Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act

This enactment amends the Food and Drugs Act to prohibit cosmetic animal testing and the sale of cosmetics developed or manufactured using cosmetic animal testing. It also provides that no evidence derived from animal testing may be used to establish the safety of a cosmetic.

First Reading in House of Commons April 12, 2019

S-215, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sentencing for violent offences against Aboriginal women)

This enactment amends the Criminal Code to require a court, when imposing a sentence for certain violent offences, to consider the fact that the victim is an Aboriginal woman to be an aggravating circumstance.

First Reading in House of Commons October 18, 2018

S-224, Canada Prompt Payment Act

This enactment enacts the Canada Prompt Payment Act to provide for timely payment to contractors under construction contracts with government institutions, and to subcontractors under related subcontracts.

Third Reading in Senate May 4, 2017

S-225, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (substances used in the production of fentanyl)

This enactment amends Part 1 of Schedule VI to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to add certain substances used in the production of fentanyl, so that they will be regulated as Class A precursors.

Third Reading in Senate June 16, 2016

S-228, Child Health Protection Act

This enactment amends the Food and Drugs Act to prohibit food and beverage marketing directed at persons under 13 years of age.

Third Reading in House of Commons September 19, 2018

S-229, Underground Infrastructure Safety Enhancement Act

This enactment creates a federal underground infrastructure notification system that requires, among other things,

  1. operators of underground infrastructure that is federally regulated or that is located on federal land to register that underground infrastructure with a notification centre and provide information on it;
  2. persons planning to undertake a ground disturbance to make a locate request to the relevant notification centres; and
  3. operators of registered underground infrastructure, as a result of the locate request, to mark the location of the underground infrastructure on the ground, provide in writing any other accurate and clear description of the location of the underground infrastructure or indicate that the ground disturbance is not likely to cause damage to the underground infrastructure.

Finally, the enactment also provides a mechanism by which reserves and some other lands subject to the Indian Act can become subject to this notification system, after consultation with the council of any band in question.

Third Reading in Senate May 2, 2017

S-235, An Act to amend the Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act (investments)

This enactment creates a new prohibition against investing in an entity that has breached a prohibition relating to cluster munitions, explosive submunitions and explosive bomblets.

Second Reading in Senate June 13, 2017

S-237, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (criminal interest rate)

This enactment amends the Criminal Code to reduce the criminal rate of interest from sixty per cent to the Bank of Canada’s overnight rate plus twenty per cent on credit advanced for certain purposes, which would include personal, family and household purposes. It maintains the criminal rate at sixty per cent on credit advanced for business or commercial purposes. However, business or commercial agreements under which the credit advanced equals or exceeds one million dollars are exempt from the offence of charging a criminal rate of interest.

Committee Report Adopted in Senate April 19, 2018

S-238, Ban on Shark Fin Importation Act

This enactment amends the Fisheries Act to prohibit the practice of shark finning. It also amends the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act to prohibit the importation in Canada of shark fins that are not attached to the shark carcass.

Second Reading in House of Commons May 1, 2019

S-239, Eliminating Foreign Funding in Elections Act

This enactment amends the Canada Elections Act to broaden the prohibition on inducements of electors by non-residents and to clarify the meaning of “induce”. It also makes it an offence for a third party to accept a foreign contribution for any purposes related to an election and expands the list of foreign contributors in section 358.

Second Reading in Senate June 5, 2018

S-240, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (trafficking in human organs)

An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (trafficking in human organs)

Third Reading in House of Commons April 30, 2019

S-244, Kindness Week Act

This enactment designates the third week of February in each and every year as “Kindness Week”.

Third Reading in Senate December 11, 2018

S-245, Trans Mountain Pipeline Project Act

This enactment declares the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project and related works to be works for the general advantage of Canada.

Bill Defeated at Second Reading in House of Commons October 24, 2018

S-246, An Act to amend the Borrowing Authority Act

This enactment amends the Borrowing Authority Act to limit the circumstances in which the Governor in Council may authorize the borrowing of money without legislative approval.

Second Reading in Senate November 27, 2018

S-247, International Mother Language Day Act

This enactment designates the 21st day of February in each and every year as “International Mother Language Day”.

Second Reading in Senate December 5, 2018

S-248, An Act respecting National Physicians’ Day

This enactment designates May 1 as “National Physicians’ Day”.

Second Reading in House of Commons May 17, 2019

S-249, National Strategy for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act

The purpose of this enactment is to provide for the development of a national strategy for the prevention of domestic violence, following consultations between federal ministers and representatives of the provincial and territorial governments responsible for social development, families or public safety, as well as other relevant stakeholders.

Second Reading in Senate November 29, 2018

S-251, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (independence of the judiciary) and to make related amendments

This enactment amends the Criminal Code to give a court the discretion to vary the punishment to be imposed in respect of an offence for which the punishment or different degrees or kinds of punishment is prescribed in an enactment.

It allows a court to decide to not make a mandatory prohibition order provided for under a provision of that Act, or to add conditions or vary any of the conditions set out in that provision, if the court considers it just and reasonable to do so. It requires the court to provide its reasons for making such a decision.

It requires a court to consider all available options prior to imposing a minimum punishment of imprisonment or period of parole ineligibility under a provision of that Act, and to provide written reasons for imposing a minimum punishment of imprisonment or period of parole ineligibility.

It gives a court discretion in the treatment or counselling program that a person who has been found guilty of an offence may attend and removes the requirement for the Attorney General to give his or her consent in order to delay sentencing under subsection 720(2) of that Act.

It further provides that a court may order the payment of a victim surcharge in an amount lower than that set out in subsection 737(2) of that Act or order that no victim surcharge be imposed if the court considers it appropriate in the circumstances and is satisfied that the amount set out in that subsection cannot be paid. It requires the court to provide its reasons for making such an order.

It provides that a judge is to take into consideration the recommendation of the jury in setting the period of parole ineligibility of a person who has been found guilty of first or second degree murder.

Lastly, it makes related amendments.

Second Reading in Senate November 27, 2018

S-252, Voluntary Blood Donations Act (An Act to amend the Blood Regulations)

This enactment amends the Blood Regulations to provide that an establishment, other than Canadian Blood Services, must not collect allogeneic blood for remuneration or benefit for the donor unless the blood collected is of a rare phenotype

Second Reading in Senate October 25, 2018

S-1002, Girl Guides of Canada Act

This enactment replaces An Act to Incorporate The Canadian Council of The Girl Guides Association, chapter 77 of the Statutes of Canada, 1917, with a new Act that continues the corporation known as “Girl Guides of Canada” and makes changes relating to its administration.

Committee Report Presented Without Amendments in Senate December 11, 2018

C-243, National Maternity Assistance Program Strategy Act

The purpose of this enactment is to provide for the development and implementation of a national maternity assistance program strategy and to amend the Employment Insurance Act in order to allow a claimant to begin using her maternity benefits 15 weeks before the week in which her confinement is expected if she is unable to perform the duties of her regular or usual employment or of other suitable employment because her current job functions may pose a risk to her health or to that of her unborn child and her employer is unable to modify her job functions or reassign her to another job.

Committee Report Presented Without Amendments in Senate December 7, 2018

C-262, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act

This enactment requires the Government of Canada to take all measures necessary to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Committee Report Presented Without Amendments in Senate June 11, 2019

C-266, Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act

This enactment amends the Criminal Code to provide that a person convicted of the abduction, sexual assault and murder of the same victim in respect of the same event or series of events is to be sentenced to imprisonment for life without eligibility for parole until the person has served a sentence of between twenty-five and forty years as determined by the presiding judge after considering the recommendation, if any, of the jury.

Committee Reporting Bill Without Amendments in House of Commons June 18, 2019

C-281, an Act to establish National Local Food Day Act 

This enactment designates the Friday before Thanksgiving Day in each and every year as “National Local Food Day”.

Committee Report Presented With Amendments May 29, 2019

C-316, An Act to amend the Canada Revenue Agency Act (organ and tissue donors)

This enactment amends the Canada Revenue Agency Act to authorize the Canada Revenue Agency to enter into an agreement with a province or a territory regarding the collection and disclosure of information required for establishing or maintaining an organ and tissue donor registry in the province or territory.

Committee Reporting Bill with Amendments in the House of Commons November 28, 2018

C-323, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (rehabilitation of historic property)

This enactment amends the Income Tax Act to establish a tax credit for expenses related to the rehabilitation of a historic property. It also establishes a tax deduction for the capital cost of property used in the course of such a rehabilitation.

First Reading in Senate December 13, 2018

C-326, An Act to amend the Department of Health Act (drinking water guidelines)

This enactment amends the Department of Health Act to require the Minister of Health to conduct a review of drinking water standards in member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and, if appropriate, to make recommendations for amendments to national guidelines respecting drinking water.

First Reading in Senate October 4, 2018

C-337, An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code (sexual assault)

This enactment amends the Judges Act to restrict eligibility for judicial appointment to individuals who have completed comprehensive sexual assault education. It also requires the Canadian Judicial Council to report on continuing education seminars in matters related to sexual assault law. Furthermore, it amends the Criminal Code to require a court to provide written reasons in sexual assault decisions.

Committee Report Presented in Senate With Amendments June 5, 2019
(CBA Criminal Justice Section)

C-344, An Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act (community benefit)

This enactment amends the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act to provide the Minister with the authority to require an assessment of the benefits that a community derives from a construction, maintenance or repair project.

First Reading in Senate June 14, 2018

C-354, an Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act

This enactment amends the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act to require that, in the awarding of certain contracts, preference be given to projects that promote the use of wood.

First Reading in Senate May 24, 2018

C-369, Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Indigenous Peoples Day)

This enactment amends certain Acts to make National Indigenous Peoples Day a holiday.

First Reading in Senate April 2, 2019

C-374, an Act to amend the Historic Sites and Monuments Act

This enactment amends the Historic Sites and Monuments Act to increase the number of members of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and to provide for First Nations, Inuit and MĂ©tis representation on the Board. It also modifies the en­titlements of Board members.

First Reading in Senate May 8, 2018

C-375, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (presentence report)

This enactment amends the Criminal Code to require that a presentence report contain information on any aspect of the offender’s mental condition that is relevant for sentencing purposes.

First reading in Senate November 8, 2018

C-377, an Act to change the name of the electoral district of Chateauguay-Lacolle

This enactment changes the name of the electoral district of Châteauguay—Lacolle to “Châteauguay—Les Jardins-de-Napierville”.

Second Reading in Senate November 2, 2018

C-391, Aboriginal Cultural Property Repatriation Act

This enactment provides for the development and implementation of a national strategy to enable the return of Aboriginal cultural property to the Aboriginal peoples of Canada.

First Reading in Senate February 20, 2019

C-402, Riding Name Change Act, 2018

This enactment changes the names of 16 electoral districts (in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia).

First Reading in Senate May 8, 2018

C-417, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (disclosure of information by jurors)

This enactment amends the Criminal Code to provide that the prohibition against the disclosure of information relating to jury proceedings does not, in certain circumstances, apply in respect of disclosure by jurors to health care professionals.

First reading in Senate April 30, 2019

PROPOSED REGULATIONS

Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Food and Drugs Act (Sale of a New Drug for Emergency Treatment)

Statutory authority: Food and Drugs Act
Sponsoring department: Department of Health
Date of publication: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Comment Period: 70 days (until July 20, 2019)

Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Concerning the Sale of Drugs (Public or Canadian Armed Forces Health Emergencies)

Statutory authorities: Food and Drugs Act, Patent Act
Sponsoring department: Department of Health
Date of publication: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Comment Period: 70 days (until July 20, 2019)

Regulations Amending the Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations (Miscellaneous Program)

Statutory authority: Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999
Sponsoring department: Department of the Environment
Date of publication: Saturday, May 25, 2019
Comment Period: 60 days (until July 24, 2019)

Locomotive Voice and Video Recorder Regulations

Statutory authority: Railway Safety Act
Sponsoring department: Department of Transport
Date of publication: Saturday, May 25, 2019
Comment Period: 60 days (until July 24, 2019)

Standards for Work-Integrated Learning Activities Regulations

Statutory authority: Canada Labour Code
Sponsoring department: Department of Employment and Social Development
Date of publication: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Comment Period: 30 days (until July 8, 2019)

Multi-Sector Air Pollutants Regulations Amendment Regulations (Part 1 — Biomass)

Statutory authority: Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999
Sponsoring departments: Department of the Environment, Department of Health
Date of publication: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Comment Period: 60 days (until August 7, 2019)

Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under Subsection 93(1) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

tatutory authority: Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999
Sponsoring departments: Department of the Environment, Department of Health
Date of publication: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Comment Period: 60 days (until August 7, 2019)

Ballast Water Regulations

Statutory authority: Canada Shipping Act, 2001
Sponsoring department: Department of Transport
Date of publication: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Comment Period: 90 days (until September 6, 2019)

Regulations Amending the International Letter-post Items Regulations

Statutory authority: Canada Post Corporation Act
Sponsoring agency: Canada Post Corporation
Date of publication: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Comment Period: 30 days (until July 15, 2019)

Regulations Amending the Letter Mail Regulations

Statutory authority: Canada Post Corporation Act
Sponsoring agency: Canada Post Corporation
Date of publication: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Comment Period: 30 days (until July 15, 2019)

Regulations Amending the Special Services and Fees Regulations

Statutory authority: Canada Post Corporation Act
Sponsoring agency: Canada Post Corporation
Date of publication: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Comment Period: 30 days (until July 15, 2019)

Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (Radiation Protection)

Statutory authority: Nuclear Safety and Control Act
Sponsoring agency: Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
Date of publication: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Comment Period: 30 days (July 15, 2019)

Order Declaring that the Provisions of the Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Methane and Certain Volatile Organic Compounds (Upstream Oil and Gas Sector) Do Not Apply in British Columbia

Statutory authority: Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999
Sponsoring department: Department of the Environment
Date of publication: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Comment Period: 60 days (until July 15, 2019)

Regulations Amending the Ozone-depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives Regulations

Statutory authority: Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999
Sponsoring departments: Department of the Environment, Department of Health
Date of publication: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Comment Period: 75 days (until August 29, 2019)

Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Food and Drugs Act (Post-market Surveillance of Medical Devices)

Statutory authority: Food and Drugs Act
Sponsoring department: Department of Health
Date of publication: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Comment Period: 70 days (until August 24, 2019)

Navigation Safety Regulations, 2019

Statutory authorities: Canada Shipping Act, 2001, Canada–Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Accord Implementation Act, Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation Act, Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act
Sponsoring department: Department of Transport
Date of publication: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Comment Period: 90 days (until September 13, 2019)

Regulations Amending the Food and Drug Regulations

Statutory authorities: Food and Drugs Act
Sponsoring agency: Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Date of publication: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Comment Period: 75 days (until September 5, 2019)

Regulations Amending the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

Statutory authorities: Safe Food for Canadians Act
Sponsoring agency: Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Date of publication: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Comment Period: 75 days (September 5, 2019)

Order Designating the Tuvaijuittuq Marine Protected Area

Statutory authority: Oceans Act
Sponsoring department: Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Date of publication: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Comment Period: 30 days (until July 22, 2019)

Vaping Products Labelling and Packaging Regulations

Statutory authorities: Tobacco and Vaping Products Act, Canada Consumer Product Safety Act
Sponsoring department: Department of Health
Date of publication: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Comment Period: 75 days (until September 5, 2019)

By-law Amending the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation Joint and Trust Account Disclosure By-Law

Statutory authority: Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation Act
Sponsoring agency: Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation
Date of publication: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Comment Period: 30 days (July 29, 2019)

Order Adding Toxic Substances to Schedule 1 to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Statutory authority: Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999
Sponsoring departments: Department of the Environment, Department of Health
Date of publication: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Comment Period: 60 days (August 28, 2019)

Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products Regulations

Statutory authority: Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999
Sponsoring departments: Department of Health, Department of the Environment
Date of publication: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Comment Period: 75 days (September 12, 2019)

Regulations Amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations

Statutory authority: Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
Sponsoring department: Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Date of publication: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Comment Period: 30 days (July 29, 2019)

GOVERNMENT CONSULTATIONS

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Consultation on Draft Guidance: Accelerated Review of Human Drug Submission (Heath Canada)

Health Canada is committed to working with health partners in order to improve access to those drugs that are needed most by Canadians. Health Canada is seeking feedback on the overall clarity and content of the draft guidance. In addition, it is important we hear views on the following proposed elements which are outlined in detail in the draft guidance:

  • the single pathway for accelerated review
  • two different options for screening processes
  • the eligibility criteria for drug product submissions seeking an accelerated review status

The consultation is open until July 21, 2019.

Modernization of the Migratory Birds Regulations (Environment and Climate Change Canada)

The Migratory Birds Regulations have never been comprehensively updated or revised since they were put in place in 1917. The main objectives of this consultation are to present proposed changes to the regulations, invite comments and consider views in the development of the final regulations.

The consultation is open until July 31, 2019.

Engagement on Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s new Arctic Region (Fisheries and Ocean)

As part of the establishment of the new Arctic Regions, DFO and Coast Guard have commenced face-to-face engagements with Northern Indigenous organizations, provincial and territorial governments, industry and others to identify the boundaries and priorities of the new regions.

DFO is looking for feedback related to program and service delivery in the Arctic related to Fisheries Protection and Management, Hydrography, Science, the Conservation & Protection Program, Oceans Management, Aquatic Species at Risk and Aquatic Invasive Species, as well as Small Craft Harbours.

Coast Guard, is seeking input on how to improve marine safety in Northern communities, and identify priorities, potential service and program boundaries, gaps, priority areas for service investment, delivery of ice-breaking, search and rescue, and environmental response programs and services that meet the needs of Northern communities and the Arctic.

The consultation is open until August 31, 2019.

Practitioner's Guide for Procurement Pricing  (Public Services and Procurement Canada)

PSPC has developed a Practitioner's Guide for Procurement Pricing to inform those involved in Government of Canada contracting of the required steps and factors to be considered in making procurement pricing decisions, including aligning the pricing with the overall procurement strategy, objectives and priorities. The Guide is an evergreen document and will be adapted to include emerging practices and PSPC's experience. PSPC welcomes your suggestions and ideas.

The consultation is open until Aug 31, 2019.

Consultation on Potential Market for Cannabis Health Products that would not Require Practitioner Oversight (Health Canada)

Canadians and interested stakeholders are invited to take part in Health Canada’s consultation on the potential market for cannabis health products that would not require practitioner oversight.

The consultation is open until September 3, 2019

Advisory Council on the Framework to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence at Post-Secondary Institutions (Status of Women)

The establishment of the Advisory Committee is part of the Government of Canada’s 2018 Budget commitment to work with stakeholders, including provincial and territorial governments, to develop a framework to prevent and address gender-based violence (GBV) at post-secondary institutions (PSIs). The Framework will contribute to consistent, comprehensive and sustainable approaches to preventing and addressing GBV at PSIs.

The consultation is open until January 16, 2020.

Modernizing the Official Languages Act (Canadian Heritage)

The government wants your comments about the review towards the modernization of the Official Languages Act. 

The consultation is open for comment