Bill C-480

An Act to amend the Old Age Security Act (funeral arrangements)

This bill was tabled by François Pilon on March 19, 2013.

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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 Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Private Members' Business > Old Age Security Act

    Pursuant to order made on Wednesday, May 22, the House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at second reading stage of Bill C-480 under private members' business. ... more

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Old Age Security Act

    The House resumed from June 7 consideration of the motion that Bill C-480, An Act to amend the Old Age Security Act (funeral arrangements), be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
  • Vote 750
    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.
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      Green
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      Liberal
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      Bloc
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      NDP
    • Against 100%
      Conservative
    June 12, 2013
  • Photo of François Pilon
    François Pilon spoke about Oral Questions > Seniors

    Mr. Speaker, in March I introduced a bill to help seniors who need to pay for funeral arrangements in advance. My bill allowed them to withdraw up to $2,500 without affecting the calculation of their guaranteed income supplement benefits. ... more

    June 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Massimo Pacetti
    Massimo Pacetti spoke about Private Members' Business > Old Age Security Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to be here to debate Bill C-480 and voice my concerns or support, depending at which point I will be discussing the bill. However, in the end, I will be supporting Bill C-480 so that it can be examined in detail and costed at committee. ... more

    June 7, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Bob Zimmer
    Bob Zimmer spoke about Private Members' Business > Old Age Security Act

    Mr. Speaker, if adopted, this bill will allow guaranteed income supplement recipients to withdraw up to $2,500 from a registered retirement savings plan to pay for funeral arrangements in advance without having their GIS reduced. ... more

    June 7, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Old Age Security Act

    The House resumed from April 26 consideration of the motion that Bill C-480, An Act to amend the Old Age Security Act (funeral arrangements), be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    June 7, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Linda Duncan
    Linda Duncan spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion—2013 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak today to the motion by the member for Pontiac asking for action to be taken to address the missing, remarkably, $3.1 billion. ... more

    May 9, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of François Pilon
    François Pilon spoke about Statements By Members > Seniors

    Mr. Speaker, last Friday, in this very chamber, we had the first hour of debate on my bill. ... more

    April 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Manon Perreault
    Manon Perreault spoke about Private Members' Business > Old Age Security Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak today to the bill introduced by my colleague from Laval—Les Îles, Bill C-480, which would help reduce poverty among seniors. ... more

    April 26, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Scott Armstrong
    Scott Armstrong spoke about Private Members' Business > Old Age Security Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak today to Bill C-480. ... more

    April 26, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kellie Leitch
    Kellie Leitch spoke about Private Members' Business > Old Age Security Act

    Mr. Speaker, I appreciate being invited to participate in this debate regarding Bill C-480. ... more

    April 26, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of François Pilon
    François Pilon spoke about Private Members' Business > Old Age Security Act

    moved that Bill C-480, An Act to amend the Old Age Security Act (funeral arrangements), be read the second time and referred to a committee. ... more

    April 26, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Speaker's Ruling > Private Members' Business

    The Chair would like to take a moment to provide some information to the House regarding the management of private members' business. ... more

    March 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of François Pilon
    François Pilon spoke about Statements by Members > Seniors

    Mr. Speaker, last Wednesday I had the honour of introducing in the House my private member's bill, Bill C-480, An Act to amend the Old Age Security Act (funeral arrangements). This bill would enable seniors receiving the guaranteed income supplement to withdraw a taxable amount of up to $2,500 to pay for funeral arrangements in advance. This amount would not be included in the GIS calculation for the following year and would therefore not affect the income of our most financially vulnerable seniors, while lifting a burden off the shoulders of our seniors and their families. ... more

    March 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of François Pilon
    François Pilon spoke about Routine Proceedings > Old Age Security Act

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-480, An Act to amend the Old Age Security Act (funeral arrangements). ... more

    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament