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 the 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 the second hour of debate. On April 30, 2018, Bill S-228 passed the Health Committee.
On September 19, 2018, Bill S-228 passed third reading in the House of Commons. From here, the Bill will go to a final vote in the Senate and then Royal Assent.
The Stop Marketing to Kids 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.