Status: On June 21, 2019, the Senate of Canada adjourned for the summer. We came so close, but Bill S-228 was not called to a vote before the end of this Senate session. Although there is a small chance the Senate could be recalled in the summer, it is extremely unlikely there will be another opportunity for this bill to pass before the 2019 federal election. Despite being extensively debated and studied, and having had the support of both the House of Commons and the Senate, the final vote was blocked as a result of heavy industry lobbying. Stay tuned for further updates from the Coalition as we continue to champion healthy eating. We will need your help to keep the momentum alive.
Bill S-228 (Child Health Protection Act), legislation to amend the Food and Drugs Act – prohibiting food and beverage marketing directed at children was first introduced in the Canadian Senate by former Senator Nancy Greene Raine in September 2016.
December 12, 2017: Bill S-228 Passing the House of Commons.
Amendments Introduced in the House of Commons: Preceding the first hour of debate, two amendments were introduced to Bill S-228: the age limit was amended from 16 and under to 12 and under, and a five-year post-legislation review mechanism was introduced. On behalf of the Minister of Health, the Parliamentary Secretary also noted that community-level sports sponsorships would be exempted in the regulations, and the Minister of Health has confirmed this intention in the media and in other public forums.
February 14, 2018: Bill S-228 passed second reading in the House of Commons.
April 30, 2018: Bill S-228 passed the Health Committee.
June 6, 2018: Bill S-228 passed Concurrence at report stage of Bill S-228
September 19, 2018: Bill S-228 passed third reading in the House of Commons and was sent to the Senate with two minor amendments in September 2018.