Bill C-326

An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan and the Old Age Security Act (biweekly payment of benefits)

This bill was tabled by Scott Simms on Oct. 6, 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

Activity Feed

  • The Deputy Speaker spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Pension Plan

    The House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at second reading stage of Bill C-326 under Private Members' Business.

    May 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Pension Plan

    The House resumed from May 18 consideration of the motion that Bill C-326, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan and the Old Age Security Act (biweekly payment of benefits), be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    May 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Vote 235
    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 100%
      Conservative
    • In favour 100%
      NDP
    • In favour 100%
      Bloc
    • In favour 100%
      Liberal
    • In favour 100%
      Green
    May 30, 2012
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    Scott Armstrong spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Pension Plan

    Madam Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member who put this bill forward, the member for Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor. I know he did this in good faith. ... more

    May 18, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Manon Perreault
    Manon Perreault spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Pension Plan

    Madam Speaker, I am delighted to support Bill C-326, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan and the Old Age Security Act (biweekly payment of benefits), which provides that, on the request of the beneficiary, benefits be paid on a biweekly basis. For me, this is a simple question of being able to live in harmony with the rest of Canadian society, regardless of one's age. ... more

    May 18, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Costas Menegakis
    Costas Menegakis spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Pension Plan

    Madam Speaker, our position regarding Bill C-326, an act to amend the Canada Pension Plan and the Old Age Security Act, is unchanged since the debate at first reading. We cannot support paying old age security and Canada pension plan benefits on a biweekly basis. ... more

    May 18, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Wayne Easter
    Wayne Easter spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Pension Plan

    Madam Speaker, I am most pleased to rise and support Bill C-326, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan and the Old Age Security Act (biweekly payment of benefits). ... more

    May 18, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alain Giguère
    Alain Giguère spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Pension Plan

    Madam Speaker, Bill C-326 is as simple a request as can be. It simply seeks to turn monthly payments into biweekly payments. This would enable people to plan their spending and would also minimize the crowds at the pharmacy at the beginning and end of the month. ... more

    May 18, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Pension Plan

    The House resumed from April 3, 2012, consideration of the motion that Bill C-326, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan and the Old Age Security Act (biweekly payment of benefits), be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    May 18, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alain Giguère
    Alain Giguère spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Pension Plan

    Mr. Speaker, I listened to my colleague who spoke before me, and I am extremely disappointed. He is talking about a little detail that may be important in future: an administrative expense. ... more

    April 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Ed Komarnicki
    Ed Komarnicki spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Pension Plan

    Mr. Speaker, our government cannot support Bill C-326. It is not in the best interests of Canadians nor in the best interests of seniors or taxpayers. ... more

    April 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Judy Sgro
    Judy Sgro spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Pension Plan

    Mr. Speaker, along with my colleagues in the NDP, I am very pleased as the critic for seniors to be able to stand here in support of Bill C-326 brought forward by my colleague, the member for Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor. There I would note that we do indeed have long names for some of the wonderful, beautiful parts of our country. ... more

    April 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Wayne Marston
    Wayne Marston spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Pension Plan

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in this place to speak to Bill C-326, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan and the Old Age Security Act (biweekly payment of benefits). ... more

    April 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kellie Leitch
    Kellie Leitch spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Pension Plan

    Mr. Speaker, I will start by underscoring our government's commitment to improving the well-being of seniors and our continued efforts to address their needs now and into the future. For this reason, I welcome the opportunity to speak to Bill C-326, an act to amend the Canada Pension Plan and the Old Age Security Act (biweekly payment of benefits). ... more

    April 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Scott Simms
    Scott Simms spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Pension Plan

    moved that Bill C-326, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan and the Old Age Security Act (biweekly payment of benefits), be read the second time and referred to a committee. ... more

    April 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Harold Albrecht

    I think I said “motion” and I should have said “bill”. It's Bill C-326. If I did say “motion”, my error. ... more

    March 8, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Scott Simms
    Scott Simms spoke about Routine Proceedings > Canada Pension Plan

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-326, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan and the Old Age Security Act (biweekly payment of benefits). ... more

    Oct. 5, 2011,   Parliament