Bill C-257

An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (mandatory labelling for genetically modified foods)

This bill was tabled by Alex Atamanenko on June 24, 2011.

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  • 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

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  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Genetically Modified Foods

    Mr. Speaker, the third petition is in regard to Bill C-257 with close to 100 signatures from Alberta. ... more

    June 7, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Genetically Modified Foods

    Mr. Speaker, my last petition is from the Toronto area. It calls on Parliament to enact Bill C-257 to require mandatory labelling of all food in which the presence of genetically modified ingredients can be detected.

    May 27, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jean Crowder
    Jean Crowder spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Food and Drugs Act

    Mr. Speaker, the final petition calls for an amendment to the Food and Drugs Act. The petitioners point out that Canadians have a right to make informed choices about the food they eat by having adequate information provided on food labels. The petitioners call upon the House of Commons to support Bill C-257, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (mandatory labelling for genetically modified foods).

    Oct. 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jean Crowder
    Jean Crowder spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Food and Drugs Act

    Mr. Speaker, the final petition is one I have presented a number of times in the House. The petitioners indicate that Canadians have a right to make informed choices about the food they eat by having adequate information provided on food labels. Therefore, the petitioners call upon the House of Commons to support An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (mandatory labelling for genetically modified foods).

    Sept. 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jean Crowder
    Jean Crowder spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Food and Drugs Act

    Mr. Speaker, I have three petitions to present. ... more

    June 1, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jean Crowder
    Jean Crowder spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Food and Drugs Act

    Mr. Speaker, the second petition is related to the bill to amend the Food and Drugs Act, Bill C-257. The petitioners call on the House of Commons to support Bill C-257, an act to amend the Food and Drugs Act, mandatory labelling for genetically modified foods.

    May 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jean Crowder
    Jean Crowder spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions

    Mr. Speaker, the second petition I have has to do with An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (mandatory labelling for genetically modified foods). The undersigned are saying that Canadians have a right to make informed choices about the food they eat by having adequate information provided on food labels. They therefore call on the House of Commons to support An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (mandatory labelling for genetically modified foods).

    Nov. 21, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Routine Proceedings > Food and Drugs Act

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-257, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (mandatory labelling for genetically modified foods). ... more

    June 23, 2011,   Parliament