Status: Bill S-228 currently awaits final vote and the approval of two minor amendments in the Senate. Due to misinformation and pressure from industry and other groups, approval of the bill is being stalled. Please see the Heart and Stroke press release for more information.
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 [read more on those amendments here]. 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.
Due to misinformation and industry lobbying, approval is being stalled and Bill S-228 is at risk. For more information, see news releases from Childhood Obesity Foundation and Heart and Stroke.