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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 S-11: Federal Law–Civil Law Harmonization Act, No. 4

Sponsor: Senator Bernadette Clement

  • This legislation would harmonize federal laws with the civil law of Quebec, as well as the common law of other provinces and territories and in both official languages.

Bill C-11: Online Streaming Act

Sponsor: Senator Dennis Dawson

  • This bill updates the Broadcasting Act to ensure that online streaming services contribute, in an equitable and flexible way, to the creation of Canadian content, among other measures.

Bill C-29: National Council for Reconciliation Act

  • This legislation provides for the establishment of a national council for reconciliation as an independent, non-political, permanent and Indigenous-led organization whose purpose is to advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

Government bills before the Senate