Bill C-502

An Act to amend the Navigable Waters Protection Act (Humber River)

This bill was tabled by Mike Sullivan on May 2, 2013.


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

  • Photo of Peggy Nash
    Peggy Nash spoke about Statements by Members > Humber River

    Mr. Speaker, last year the Conservative government removed most of Canada's rivers and lakes from the Navigable Waters Protection Act. Out of our hundreds of thousands of rivers and lakes, only 62 rivers and 97 lakes remain protected. What a travesty. ... more

    June 3, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Sullivan
    Mike Sullivan spoke about Routine Proceedings > Navigable Waters Protection Act

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-502, An Act to amend the Navigable Waters Protection Act (Humber River). ... more

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament