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Government bills before the Senate

Government bill to protect elephants and great apes in captivity introduced in the Senate on November 21.

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.


Bill S-16: Haida Nation Recognition Act

  • This legislation would implement sections of an agreement with the Haida Nation that recognizes rights of governance and self-determination.


Bill C-34: National Security Review of Investments Modernization Act

Sponsor: Senator Clément Gignac

  • This legislation amends the Investment Canada Act.


Bill C-57: Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, 2023

Sponsor: Senator Peter Harder

  • This legislation implements the Canada–Ukraine Free Trade Agreement, done at Ottawa on September 22, 2023.


Bill C-62: An Act to amend An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying), No. 2

Sponsor: Senator Marc Gold

  • This legislation amends An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying) to provide that persons are not eligible, until March 17, 2027, to receive medical assistance in dying if their sole underlying medical condition is a mental illness.

Government bills before the Senate