Bill C-241

An Act to amend the Canadian Bill of Rights (right to housing)

This bill was tabled by Peter Stoffer on June 22, 2011.


How does a bill become a law?

Don’t trust Schoolhouse Rock – that’s for Americans. To become a law, a bill in the Canada’s Parliament needs to go through the following steps, and pass when voted on during each step:

  • It all starts with the first reading, when the bill is introduced.
  • Next comes the second reading, when other MPs or Senators get to debate the bill.
  • After that, the bill goes to a committee that studies and amends it line-by-line. Once they finish, the bill goes returns to the House or Senate for the report stage, where anyone can propose amendments.
  • The third reading is the moment of truth: no more changes, just a debate and a final vote on whether or not the bill should pass.
  • If a bill makes it through all of those steps – in both the House of Commons and Senate – it’s ready to get Royal Assent and become a law.

Status of this Bill

Introduction and First Reading

Activity Feed

  • Photo of Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet
    Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet spoke about Private Members' Business > Secure, Adequate, Accessible and Affordable Housing Act

    Mr. Speaker, as official opposition housing critic, I am pleased to rise today to speak to Bill C-400, introduced in this House by the member for Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot. This bill would establish a Canadian housing strategy. ... more

    Oct. 17, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet
    Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion—Income Inequality

    Mr. Speaker, the Liberals' motion raises some points that are worth discussing. It is true that recent changes to employment insurance have hurt low-income workers. It is also true that non-refundable tax credits for caregivers cannot even be used by many people because their income is too low to take advantage of the tax deductions. And it is quite true that income inequality is growing in Canada. In fact, the gap in Canada is greater than in the United States. The Conservatives are rather silent about this, perhaps because they dare not admit that it is true. However, the changes called for in the Liberal motion barely scratch the surface of the problem. It is a good start, but we need much more profound changes in our society, as my colleague mentioned earlier. ... more

    Sept. 25, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Stoffer
    Peter Stoffer spoke about Routine Proceedings > Canadian Bill of Rights

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-241, An Act to amend the Canadian Bill of Rights (right to housing). ... more

    June 21, 2011,   Parliament