Bill C-37

Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act

An Act to amend the Criminal Code

This bill was tabled by Rob Nicholson on April 24, 2012.

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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

Committee Report Presented

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  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Royal Assent

    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 certain bills: ... more

    June 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Craig Scott
    Craig Scott spoke about Government Orders > Safer Witnesses Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to begin by saying what I think has been fairly clear in the contributions from colleagues all along, that the NDP will be supporting the bill. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Elizabeth May
    Elizabeth May spoke about Routine Proceedings > Points of Order > Standing Committee on Finance

    Mr. Speaker, I am grateful to the hon. House Leader of the Official Oppositionfor raising this point of order yesterday, objecting to the unusual procedures that were accepted within the Standing Committee on Finance, in relation to the clause-by-clause treatment of Bill C-60, the 2013 omnibus budget bill. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin
    Françoise Boivin spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Yes. It was the hon. member for Windsor—Tecumseh. That is teamwork. ... more

    May 21, 2013,   Parliament
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    Françoise Boivin spoke about Private Members’ Business > An Act to Bring Fairness for the Victims of Violent Offenders

    Mr. Speaker, again, I want to thank the hon. member for Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale for introducing Bill C-479, which the NDP will support at second reading. I must admit that we will support it without much reservation. ... more

    May 10, 2013,   Parliament
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    Andrew Scheer spoke about Government Orders > Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act

    The House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at third reading stage of Bill C-37.

    Dec. 12, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act

    The House resumed from December 11 consideration of the motion that Bill C-37, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, be read the third time and passed.

    Dec. 12, 2012,   Parliament
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    That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
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    Dec. 12, 2012
  • Photo of Tyrone Benskin
    Tyrone Benskin spoke about Government Orders > Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to stand in the House to speak to Bill C-37. New Democrats support the bill in principle, which I am sure comes as a welcome relief for my colleagues across the way. We support the bill, first and foremost, because we support victims of crime, their families and communities. ... more

    Dec. 11, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sadia Groguhé
    Sadia Groguhé spoke about Government Orders > Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act

    Mr. Speaker, thank you for this time, which I will be sharing with the hon. member for Manicouagan, when I will state my position on Bill C-37. I would like to tell the House that we support the increasing offenders’ accountability for victims act. ... more

    Dec. 11, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Irwin Cotler
    Irwin Cotler spoke about Government Orders > Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise to speak to Bill C-37 and the question of the victim surcharge. If passed, this legislation will double the amount of the federal victim surcharge and will also remove the possibility of judicial discretion to waive the surcharge in cases where it will result in undue hardship on an offender or on his or her dependants. ... more

    Dec. 11, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin
    Françoise Boivin spoke about Government Orders > Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act

    My colleagues are applauding, and I thank them on behalf of the victims. It has long been said that the New Democratic Party is not against victims, like it or not; it is on the contrary in favour of a fair, logical and intelligent system. However, sometimes that is not entirely the case with respect to the bills introduced by the present government. I would certainly not say that this bill is perfect, since it will occasion enormous disappointment. While we support it in its current form—it is difficult to be against virtue, as my mother would say—we do have some concerns: among other things, as to whether our colleagues opposite really listened to the 14 witnesses who testified before the committee. ... more

    Dec. 11, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Robert Goguen
    Robert Goguen spoke about Government Orders > Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today for the third reading of Bill C-37, the increasing offenders' accountability act. The bill proposes amendments to the victim surcharge provisions of the Criminal Code, which would address longstanding issues with the operation of the victim surcharge. ... more

    Dec. 11, 2012,   Parliament
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    Ed Fast spoke about Government Orders > Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act

    moved that Bill C-37, An Act to amend the Criminal Code be concurred in at report stage.

    Dec. 11, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Elizabeth May
    Elizabeth May spoke about Government Orders > Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act

    Mr. Speaker, just before question period I was speaking to the reasons why I have grave concerns about Bill C-37. I earlier explained that this legislation is titled the increasing offenders' accountability for victims act. It is not a separate act at all. The bill would amend the Criminal Code and these amendments deal with the issue of surcharges and fines that would be paid. ... more

    Dec. 11, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act

    The House resumed consideration of Bill C-37, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, as reported (without amendment) from the committee, and of Motion No. 1.

    Dec. 11, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Elizabeth May
    Elizabeth May spoke about Government Orders > Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act > Motions in amendment

    Mr. Speaker, in speaking to Bill C-37 at report stage, I propose to speak to the portions and the importance of providing support for victims in my first three minutes and then return in my second period, of seven minutes, to the problems I have with this bill. ... more

    Dec. 11, 2012,   Parliament
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    Bruce Stanton spoke about Government Orders > Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act

    There is one motion in amendment standing on the notice paper for the report stage of Bill C-37. Motion No. 1 will be debated and voted upon.

    Dec. 11, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act

    The House proceeded to the consideration of Bill C-37, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, as reported (without amendment) from the committee.

    Dec. 11, 2012,   Parliament
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    Gordon O'Connor spoke about Government Orders > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, there have been consultations and I believe you would find agreement in the House for the following motion: ... more

    Dec. 11, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Oral Questions > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, I want to start by thanking everyone involved in supporting us as members of Parliament in Tuesday’s voting. Despite all of the amendments at committee and in the House, the balance of the government’s 2012 economic action plan will become law shortly. ... more

    Dec. 6, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rob Nicholson

    Thank you very much, Mr. Chair. I'm here before you today to answer any questions regarding the items in supplementary estimates (B). ... more

    Nov. 29, 2012,   Parliament
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    Peter Van Loan spoke about Oral Questions > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, I will first wish my former Liberal counterpart, the hon. member for Westmount—Ville-Marie, well on his newest mission. ... more

    Nov. 29, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dave MacKenzie
    Dave MacKenzie spoke about Routine Proceedings > Committees of the House > Justice and Human Rights

    Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 14th report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in relation to Bill C-37, an act to amend the Criminal Code. ... more

    Nov. 5, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dave MacKenzie

    Bill C-37 amends the Criminal Code by, among other changes, repealing subsections 737(5), 737(6), and 737(10). This amendment proposes to replace subsection 37(10) with a text similar to the current Criminal Code text, where the effect of the replacement would be to negate the repeal of the subsections. As House of Commons Procedure and Practice second edition, states on page 766: ... more

    Nov. 1, 2012,   Parliament
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