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Government bills before the Senate

A Government bill to protect elephants and great apes advanced to committee for further study on March 19.

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-15: An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act

Sponsor: Senator Marty Klyne

  • This legislation would create offences related to keeping elephants and great apes in captivity, subject to certain exceptions. Find out more.


Bill S-17: Miscellaneous Statutes Law Amendment Act, 2023

Sponsor: Senator Brent Cotter

  • This legislation contains a series of minor corrections to statutes and regulations. These include anomalies, inconsistencies and changes in terminology. It also repeals provisions and statutes that are lapsed or no longer have effect.


Bill C-20: Public Complaints and Review Commission Act

Sponsor: Senator Ratna Omidvar

  • This legislation proposes to establish the Public Complaints and Review Commission, an enhanced independent review and complaints body for the Canada Border Services Agency and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.


Bill C-49: Canada–Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Accord Implementation and Offshore Renewable Energy Management Act

Sponsor: Senator Iris Petten

  • Bill C-49 amends the Canada–Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Accord Implementation Act and the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation Act to enable the development of offshore wind.


Bill C-50: Canadian Sustainable Jobs Act

Sponsor: Senator Hassan Yussuff

  • This legislation would establish an accountability, transparency and engagement framework to promote economic growth, the creation of sustainable jobs and support for workers and communities across Canada in the shift to a net-zero economy.


Bill C-58: An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code and the Canada Industrial Relations Board Regulations, 2012

Sponsor: Senator Frances Lankin

  • This legislation would prohibit the use of replacement workers and improve the process for protecting public health and safety during a strike or lockout.


Bill C-59: Fall Economic Statement Implementation Act, 2023

Sponsor: Senator Lucie Moncion

  • This legislation implements certain provisions of the fall economic statement tabled in Parliament on November 21, 2023 and certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 28, 2023.


Bill C-64: Pharmacare Act

Sponsor: Senator Kim Pate

  • Bill C-64 establishes a framework towards a national universal pharmacare in Canada for certain prescription drugs and related products, including free coverage for contraception and diabetes medications.


Bill C-70: Countering Foreign Interference Act

Sponsor: Senator Tony Dean

  • This legislation aims to strengthen the tools available to combat foreign interference and to protect national security, including a number of measures to modernize and fill gaps in existing legislation.

Government bills before the Senate