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Government bills before the Senate

Legislation in the Upper Chamber—and what it means for you.

Bills are proposed laws. They vary in size, effect and the public interest they receive. Typically, Government bills are introduced by a Cabinet Minister in the House of Commons (C-bills), but this type of legislation (S-bills) can also originate in the Senate if it does not initiate spending or impose a tax.

Here’s a list of Government legislation currently before the Senate.


Bill C-5: An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

Sponsor: Senator Marc Gold

  • This legislation repeals certain mandatory minimum penalties, allows for a greater use of conditional sentences and establishes diversion measures for simple drug possession offences, among other measures.


Bill C-11: Online Streaming Act

Sponsor: Senator Dennis Dawson

  • This bill proposes a new legislative regime to govern the collection, use and disclosure of personal information for commercial activity in Canada.

Government bills before the Senate