Bill S-228 (Child Health Protection Act), legislation to amend the Food and Drugs Act – prohibiting food and beverage marketing directed at children went to first hour of debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.
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.
On February 12, 2018, Bill S-228 passed second reading at second hour of debate and is currently in review with Health Committee.
On April 30, 2018, Bill S-228 passed Health Committee and will be presented in the House of Commons for 3rd Reading in late May 2018.
The Stop M2K Coalition will continue to work in tandem with its member organizations to uphold the Ottawa Principles as the gold standard for protecting children against commercial food and beverage marketing; however, we endorse and applaud the government’s commitment to the Healthy Eating Strategy and Bill S-228.