Child Health Protection Act, a missed opportunity.
Bill S-228 was an act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (prohibiting food and beverage marketing directed at children, 12 years of age and under). It was introduced in 2016 and died on the Order Paper after Parliament dissolved for the federal election in 2019.
A snapshot of the history of Bill S-228:
June 21, 2019: The Senate of Canada adjourned for the summer and Bill S-228 was not called to a vote before the end of the Senate session. This was the final opportunity to pass Bill S-228, and as a result, the bill died on the Order Paper when Parliament was dissolved for the 2019 federal election.
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 October 2018.
December 12, 2017: Two amendments to Bill S-228 were introduced in the House of Commons:
- The age limit was amended from 16 and under to 12 and under, and a five-year post-legislation review mechanism was introduced.
- Community-level sports sponsorships would be exempted from the regulations.
October 6, 2017: The House of Commons discussed Canada’s first federal bill to restrict food and beverage marketing to children.
September 28, 2017: Bill S-228 passed third reading in the Senate without amendments.
September 27, 2016: Senator Nancy Greene Raine introduced the Child Health Protection Act (Bill S-228) — a bill that would ban the marketing of food and beverages primarily directed at children. Read more