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 in June 2019.
A snapshot on 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. As a result, there will not 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. The Coalition continues to champion healthy eating; please visit our Take Action page for ways to get involved.
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.
June 6, 2018: Bill S-228 passed Concurrence at report stage of Bill S-228.
April 30, 2018: Bill S-228 passed the Health Committee.
February 14, 2018: Bill S-228 passed second reading in the House of Commons.
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 in 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.
Summer 2017: Health Canada conducted consultations to inform the drafting of federal legislation and related regulations to restrict food and beverage marketing to kids.
June 21, 2017: The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology reported on Bill S-228 with amendments.
December 12, 2016: Second reading in Senate and referral to Committee. Read more…
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..
March 2016: The Senate issued a watershed report outlining key recommendations to curb obesity in Canada—including designing and implementing a prohibition on the advertising of foods and beverages to children.
November 2015: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau instructed the then Health Minister Dr. Jane Philpott to introduce new restrictions on the commercial marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children in the Minister of Health’s Mandate Letter.