Bill C-307

An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (pregnant or nursing employees)

This bill was tabled by Alexandre Boulerice on Oct. 4, 2011.

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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

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  • Photo of Laurin Liu
    Laurin Liu spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Labour Code

    Mr. Speaker, first of all I would like to wish everyone a happy International Women's Day. I would like to encourage all parliamentarians in the House to continue fighting for women's rights. We unfortunately have a Conservative government that views the struggle for women's rights as an advertising campaign, but we must nevertheless work together to take real action. ... more

    March 8, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet
    Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet spoke about Government Orders > Helping Families in Need Act

    Mr. Speaker, I will start by saying that I will be sharing my time with the member for Timmins—James Bay. ... more

    Sept. 27, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Labour Code

    The House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at second reading stage of Bill C-307 under private members' business.

    May 9, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Labour Code

    The House resumed from May 3 consideration of the motion that Bill C-307, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (pregnant or nursing employees), be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    May 9, 2012,   Parliament
  • Vote 191
    That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
    • Against 95%
      Conservative
    • In favour 100%
      NDP
    • In favour 100%
      Bloc
    • Against 97%
      Liberal
    • In favour 100%
      Green
    May 9, 2012
  • Photo of Alexandre Boulerice
    Alexandre Boulerice spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Labour Code

    Mr. Speaker, I would first like to take a few seconds to thank my NDP colleagues for their eloquent speeches in support of the bill that I had the honour to introduce in the House. I use the term “eloquent” because these members were all young women, and I do not think that this was a coincidence. I would therefore like to thank the hon. members for Berthier—Maskinongé, Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, Abitibi—Témiscamingue, Charlesbourg—Haute-Saint-Charles and Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel for their excellent speeches. ... more

    May 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mylène Freeman
    Mylène Freeman spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Labour Code

    Mr. Speaker, I thought I had a total of five minutes. In that case, I can present many more arguments. ... more

    May 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mylène Freeman
    Mylène Freeman spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Labour Code

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today in the House to support Bill C-307, which will allow pregnant and nursing women who work under the Canada Labour Code to avail themselves of provincial legislation providing for preventive withdrawal. I would like to thank my colleague from Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie for this excellent bill. All legislation that improves the balance between work and home life will have a favourable impact on the status of women in Canada. ... more

    May 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Laurin Liu
    Laurin Liu spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Labour Code

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise here today to speak to Bill C-307, which amends the Canada Labour Code to allow female workers to avail themselves of the provisions of provincial legislation regarding preventive withdrawal when those provisions are more beneficial. ... more

    May 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Ruth Ellen Brosseau
    Ruth Ellen Brosseau spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Labour Code

    Mr. Speaker, I rise in the House today to support Bill C-307 sponsored by my colleague from Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie. ... more

    May 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Scott Simms
    Scott Simms spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Labour Code

    Mr. Speaker, it is a privilege to stand in the House today to talk about this issue of great importance. I want to congratulate my hon. colleague, who is new to the House, for bringing this forward. It is always nice to see members bring their private members' bills into this particular place to argue and debate. One of the greatest acts we can do as parliamentarians is to bring our own legislation into the House. I congratulate him for doing that. ... more

    May 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Labour Code

    The House resumed from December 13, 2011 consideration of the motion that Bill C-307, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (pregnant or nursing employees), be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    May 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Judy Sgro
    Judy Sgro spoke about Private Members' Business > Old Age Security

    Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to be able to have an opportunity to speak to Motion No. 307 today. I will read it for anyone who may have just tuned in and is not aware of the full context of my colleague's motion. ... more

    March 26, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jean Crowder
    Jean Crowder spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Labour Code

    Madam Speaker, I rise to speak to Bill C-307, an act to amend the Canada Labour Code (pregnant or nursing employees), which has been proposed by my colleague, the member for Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie. I want to commend him for bringing forward this important legislation. ... more

    Dec. 13, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Isabelle Morin
    Isabelle Morin spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Labour Code

    Madam Speaker, I am really very proud to rise in this House today to stand up for the rights of working women in Canada. ... more

    Dec. 13, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rodger Cuzner
    Rodger Cuzner spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Labour Code

    Madam Speaker, a number of different points have been raised in debate and I think all members in the House share the opinion, the will and the want to ensure that pregnant and nursing women are well cared for and supported, as they should be. ... more

    Dec. 13, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kellie Leitch
    Kellie Leitch spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Labour Code

    Madam Speaker, I am happy to have the opportunity today to comment on Bill C-307 presented by my colleague, the hon. member for Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie. ... more

    Dec. 13, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alexandre Boulerice
    Alexandre Boulerice spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Labour Code

    moved that Bill C-307, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (pregnant or nursing employees), be read the second time and referred to committee. ... more

    Dec. 13, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Harold Albrecht

    Now we're moving on to Bill C-307.

    Oct. 18, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alexandre Boulerice
    Alexandre Boulerice spoke about Routine Proceedings > Canada Labour Code

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-307, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (pregnant or nursing employees). ... more

    Oct. 3, 2011,   Parliament