Bill C-371

An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (illness of child) and another Act in consequence

This bill was tabled by Gord Brown on Dec. 1, 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 James Bezan
    James Bezan spoke about Government Orders > Helping Families in Need Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak to Bill C-44, the helping families in need act, which delivers on several of our commitments to support Canadian families as we seek to help them balance work and family responsibilities. ... more

    Nov. 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Gord Brown
    Gord Brown spoke about Government Orders > Helping Families in Need Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am absolutely delighted to rise in the House today to speak to the helping families in need act. ... more

    Sept. 27, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Gord Brown
    Gord Brown spoke about Routine Proceedings > Employment Insurance Act

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-371, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (illness of child) and another Act in consequence. ... more

    Nov. 30, 2011,   Parliament