Bill C-400

Secure, Adequate, Accessible and Affordable Housing Act

An Act to ensure secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing for Canadians

This bill was tabled by Marie-Claude Morin on Feb. 16, 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

Introduction and First Reading

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  • Photo of Chris Charlton
    Chris Charlton spoke about Routine Proceedings > Committees of the House > Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in the House this afternoon to move concurrence in the ninth report of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities presented on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, with respect to labour and skills shortages in Canada. The subtitle of the report is “Addressing Current and Future Challenges”. ... more

    May 21, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet
    Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet spoke about Government Orders > The Budget > Financial Statement of Minister of Finance

    Mr. Speaker, the NDP contributed to these changes, but the Conservatives are taking all the credit. They do not deserve the credit; Jack Layton does. He worked very hard advocating for social housing. ... more

    March 26, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet
    Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet spoke about Government Orders > The Budget > Financial Statement of Minister of Finance

    Mr. Speaker, I will share my time with the member for Surrey North. ... more

    March 26, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Marie-Claude Morin
    Marie-Claude Morin spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Housing

    Mr. Speaker, I introduced Bill C-400, on which we voted recently. It is about implementing a national housing strategy. ... more

    March 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rick Dykstra
    Rick Dykstra spoke about Adjournment Proceedings > Housing

    Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member knows and has commented, on this side of the House, the government voted against Bill C-400, on February 27 of this year. ... more

    March 7, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Marie-Claude Morin
    Marie-Claude Morin spoke about Adjournment Proceedings > Housing

    Mr. Speaker, last November, I described Canada's housing situation to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. Canada will have to report to the UN in April. That is not far off; time is running out. The government will have to explain why it is twiddling its thumbs when it made a clear commitment to the United Nations in terms of the right to housing. ... more

    March 7, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Annick Papillon
    Annick Papillon spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in the House today to speak about such an important issue, particularly since I am a young woman working in politics. Bill C-452 seeks to amend the Criminal Code in order to provide consecutive sentences for offences related to procuring and trafficking in persons. ... more

    March 1, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet
    Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, first of all, I would like to thank the member for Ahuntsic for introducing this bill. Although it requires a few amendments from a constitutional point of view, it is a step in the right direction in terms of the fight against exploitation and human trafficking. I believe that the will to consider it in greater depth in committee should provide an opportunity for unity in this Parliament. ... more

    March 1, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Oral Questions > Points of Order > Tabling of Documents

    Mr. Speaker, on a point of order, yesterday the opposition members asked the government to table in the House documents relating to costing that was conducted by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in response to Bill C-400. This is the NDP private member's bill for a national social housing program. I have the document here today, which I am proud to table in the House, and it shows the clear reason our government could not support it. It would indeed put us $5.45 billion further into debt. I am pleased that we were able to do this work for the New Democrats since apparently they had not costed the document. I would like to table the document at this time.

    Feb. 28, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Private Members' Business > Secure, Adequate, Accessible and Affordable Housing Act

    The House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at second reading stage of Bill C-400 under private members' business.

    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Secure, Adequate, Accessible and Affordable Housing Act

    The House resumed from February 13 consideration of the motion that Bill C-400, An Act to ensure secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing for Canadians, be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sadia Groguhé
    Sadia Groguhé spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Housing

    Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present a petition in support of Bill C-400, introduced by my colleague from Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot. The bill would create a strategy for adequate, accessible and affordable housing.

    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Marie-Claude Morin
    Marie-Claude Morin spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Housing

    Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present a petition today from people who are fed up with seeing the government ignore the issue of poverty and deny its very existence. ... more

    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Marie-Claude Morin
    Marie-Claude Morin spoke about Oral Questions > Housing

    Mr. Speaker, the fiction being spouted by the President of the Treasury Board about the cost of my bill does not change the fact that they have been stalling for four years, while millions of Canadian families do not have access to safe, affordable housing. The experts all agree: we need a national housing strategy. The solution is right in front of them; they just need to vote for Bill C-400. ... more

    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament
  • Vote 619
    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.
    • In favour 100%
      Green
    • In favour 100%
      Liberal
    • In favour 100%
      Bloc
    • In favour 100%
      NDP
    • Against 100%
      Conservative
    Feb. 27, 2013
  • Photo of Pierre Jacob
    Pierre Jacob spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Housing

    Mr. Speaker, I am tabling a petition in support of Bill C-400, which would ensure safe, affordable, accessible, adequate housing for every Quebecker and Canadian.

    Feb. 15, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Marie-Claude Morin
    Marie-Claude Morin spoke about Private Members' Business > Secure, Adequate, Accessible and Affordable Housing Act

    Mr. Speaker, I have put a lot of thought into what I will say about this bill before the House makes a decision at second reading. ... more

    Feb. 14, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Libby Davies
    Libby Davies spoke about Private Members' Business > Secure, Adequate, Accessible and Affordable Housing Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to have this opportunity to speak briefly today to Bill C-400. We hear the passion in the speeches today about why we have to get this bill through, a bill for an affordable housing strategy in our country. ... more

    Feb. 14, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Ryan Cleary
    Ryan Cleary spoke about Private Members' Business > Secure, Adequate, Accessible and Affordable Housing Act

    Mr. Speaker, a housing forum was held in my riding of St. John's South—Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador, in September. Before this forum began, a woman in a wheelchair handed the three New Democrat MPs in attendance a sheet of paper. The paper contained just five words: “family, shelter, food, career and health”. The woman asked each of us to take a moment to visualize what each word meant in our lives. Then she asked us to take a pen and eliminate one. The woman said, there is no choice; one has to go. Then she asked us to eliminate a second word and then a third. ... more

    Feb. 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Nycole Turmel
    Nycole Turmel spoke about Private Members' Business > Secure, Adequate, Accessible and Affordable Housing Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise here today to speak to Bill C-400 and I wish to congratulate my colleague, the hon. member for Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot, on all her hard work on this matter. ... more

    Feb. 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peggy Nash
    Peggy Nash spoke about Private Members' Business > Secure, Adequate, Accessible and Affordable Housing Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to be able to speak today about Bill C-400, An Act to ensure secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing for Canadians. ... more

    Feb. 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Frank Valeriote
    Frank Valeriote spoke about Private Members' Business > Secure, Adequate, Accessible and Affordable Housing Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise with mixed emotion to debate this bill since it is not the first time that I have spoken on this issue and yet the dire need for secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing is no less significant now than it was when this matter was before a previous Parliament. The bill received its support then and there is every reason for it to receive the same support now. ... more

    Feb. 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Sullivan
    Mike Sullivan spoke about Private Members' Business > Secure, Adequate, Accessible and Affordable Housing Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to rise again in support of the member for Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot's motion to create a national housing strategy. ... more

    Feb. 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Secure, Adequate, Accessible and Affordable Housing Act

    The House resumed from October 17, 2012, consideration of the motion that Bill C-400, An Act to ensure secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing for Canadians, be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    Feb. 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jonathan Tremblay
    Jonathan Tremblay spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Housing

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise to present a petition supporting Bill C-400, which would finally give Canadians a national housing strategy.

    Feb. 13, 2013,   Parliament
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