Bill C-310

An Act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in persons)

This bill was tabled by Joy Smith 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

Royal Assent

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  • Photo of Susan Truppe
    Susan Truppe spoke

    I was surprised at that. I would have thought it would be the other way, or that it would help them to move into an urban area. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Ms. Nathalie Levman spoke

    And you're absolutely right. In fact, I was involved in the original drafting of the provision, and this wording was in the original drafting, I think, unfortunately, by error. It was removed by Bill C-310 when C-310 was enacted. It just was something that the drafters didn't catch. ... more

    May 6, 2013,   Parliament
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    Okay, Mr. Chair. ... more

    May 6, 2013,   Parliament
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    Very good, Mr. Chair. ... more

    May 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Ms. Naomi Krueger (Manager, Deborah's Gate, Salvation Army) spoke

    I would just say, on behalf of the victims whom we serve on a day-to-day basis at Deborah's Gate, that certainly the efforts of Mrs. Smith and Bills C-268 and C-310 have created opportunities to better support these victims. Our message here today is that we want to continue to see these types of provisions created for law enforcement officers that reinforce the work we do on the front line. In the past year, we've been in court with two separate witnesses who have testified and been disheartened by the response at the justice level, because of a lack of understanding and a lack of ability on the part of the courts to respond from a criminal justice perspective. ... more

    May 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Michael Maidment (Area Director, Public Relations and Development, Federal Government Liaison Officer, Salvation Army) spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair and committee members. My name is Michael Maidment. I'm the federal government liaison officer for the Salvation Army in Canada. ... more

    May 6, 2013,   Parliament
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    Joy Smith spoke

    Thank you very much. ... more

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
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    Joy Smith spoke

    I'll address this to Mr. Hooper. ... more

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joy Smith
    Joy Smith spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Robert Hooper (Chair, Walk With Me Canada Victim Services) spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of David Wilks
    David Wilks spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    April 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Laurin Liu
    Laurin Liu spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak to Bill C-452, which seeks to address the issue of human trafficking. I have already spoken several times about different aspects of this issue. ... more

    March 1, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joy Smith
    Joy Smith spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, tonight I am so pleased to have the opportunity to support Bill C-452, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (exploitation and trafficking in persons). ... more

    Jan. 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin
    Françoise Boivin spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I am very proud and happy to rise in this House today to speak to Bill C-452, which was introduced by the member for Ahuntsic. This is not exactly her first try, but I hope it will be the last and that it will be successful, possibly just as successful as the work that was done by the member for Kildonan—St. Paul on Bill C-310. I had the pleasure of examining this bill, debating it and discussing it. It opened my eyes. ... more

    Jan. 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kerry-Lynne Findlay
    Kerry-Lynne Findlay spoke about Private Members' Business > The Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to join in the second reading debate on Bill C-452, an act to amend the Criminal Code (exploitation and trafficking in persons). I believe the bill addresses a matter of utmost importance: the criminal justice system must respond effectively to the crime of human trafficking. ... more

    Jan. 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Royal Assent > Message from the Senate

    I have the honour to inform the House that when the House did attend His Excellency the Governor General in the Senate chamber, His Excellency was pleased to give, in Her Majesty's name, the royal assent to the following bills: ... more

    June 28, 2012,   Parliament
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    Andrew Scheer spoke about Royal Assent > Message from the Senate
    June 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joy Smith
    Joy Smith spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Madam Speaker, today modern slavery exists in all corners of the globe. Our resolve to eliminate it must grow stronger. Bill C-310 would have a significant impact on the anti-human trafficking efforts of Canada at home as well as abroad. ... more

    April 27, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Laurin Liu
    Laurin Liu spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Madam Speaker, I am pleased to rise here today to speak to Bill C-310 to combat human trafficking in Canada and abroad. ... more

    April 27, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Niki Ashton
    Niki Ashton spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Madam Speaker, I rise in the House today to echo the message of my colleagues in the NDP that we support this piece of legislation, Bill C-310, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in persons). ... more

    April 27, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Irwin Cotler
    Irwin Cotler spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Madam Speaker, I too am pleased to rise to speak to Bill C-310, an act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in persons), introduced by my colleague, the member for Kildonan—St. Paul. As my colleague from Gatineau has just done, I will take this opportunity to commend the member for her ongoing initiatives and engagement in this regard, of which this bill is but the latest example. ... more

    April 27, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin
    Françoise Boivin spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Madam Speaker, on behalf of the New Democratic Party and myself, I want to reiterate my full support for Bill C-310, which was introduced by the member for Kildonan—St. Paul. I would also like to remind this House that, to date, there have been three votes on the bill being discussed today: one at second reading, one in committee, and a third at report stage. ... more

    April 27, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kevin Lamoureux
    Kevin Lamoureux spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Madam Speaker, I appreciate the member bringing Bill C-310 forward. We in the Liberal Party recognize the type of exploitation that is taking place and would have been quite happy to see the bill go through the process the other day. We believe the bill will make a difference. ... more

    April 27, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joy Smith
    Joy Smith spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    moved that Bill C-310, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in persons), be read the third time and passed. ... more

    April 27, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    The House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion to concur in Bill C-310 at report stage under private members' business.

    April 4, 2012,   Parliament
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