Bill S-11

Safe Food for Canadians Act

An Act respecting food commodities, including their inspection, their safety, their labelling and advertising, their import, export and interprovincial trade, the establishment of standards for them, the registration or licensing of persons who perform certain activities related to them, the establishment of standards governing establishments where those activities are performed and the registration of establishments where those activities are performed

This bill was tabled by on June 8, 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

Royal Assent

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  • Photo of LaVar Payne
    LaVar Payne spoke about Government Orders > Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act

    Mr. Speaker, like my colleague, I had the privilege of sitting on the aboriginal and northern affairs committee under your tutelage as the committee chair, and also under my colleague from Peace River. That was an important part of an opportunity to learn a lot about the first nations. ... more

    June 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Claude Gravelle
    Claude Gravelle spoke about Government Orders > Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to rise in the House today. For the second time in two days we will be addressing first nations issues. I would like to advise the Speaker that I will be sharing my time. ... more

    June 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Gerry Ritz
    Gerry Ritz spoke about Oral Questions > Food Safety

    Mr. Speaker, the member for Medicine Hat knows that Canadian families must have confidence in our food safety system. ... more

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Stella Ambler

    Thank you for detailing the ways in which we have been engaging with first nations partners since 2006 and every step of the way with regard to this proposed legislation. ... more

    May 21, 2013,   Parliament
  • Ms. Susie Miller spoke

    In the current work that's ongoing, we have been working with the industry on a standard for icewine, which is critical, both for us in Canada and internationally. ... more

    May 2, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Ruth Ellen Brosseau
    Ruth Ellen Brosseau spoke about Oral Questions > Food Safety

    Mr. Speaker, the minister was unable to manage the two latest crises and his only solution is to make more cuts within his department. ... more

    April 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Gerry Ritz
    Gerry Ritz spoke about Oral Questions > Food Safety

    Mr. Speaker, we are in the consultation phase on Bill S-11. We are working with a number of groups both domestically and abroad that would import food into this country. We have to have an idea of what is coming so that we know what is there when a traceability situation is asked for. ... more

    April 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Malcolm Allen
    Malcolm Allen spoke about Oral Questions > Food Safety

    Mr. Speaker, Bill S-11, the safe food for Canadians act, brought in major changes to food inspection. Thousands of new import licences will be required and that is going to require more resources, not less. The minister promised that Bill S-11 would give the CFIA more tools and more resources. The minister oversaw two of the largest recalls in Canadian history and now he is planning to cut CFIA's budget and fire hundreds of employees. ... more

    April 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Gerry Ritz
    Gerry Ritz spoke

    The top priority for me as minister is to make sure that CFIA has the capacity to do its job, both from a budgetary and a manpower perspective. We've done that as a government. We've increased its budget by 20%. We have over 700 new people working at CFIA on inspection files and so on. We continue to build that capacity, and we won't stop. ... more

    Feb. 28, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Frank Valeriote
    Frank Valeriote spoke about Adjournment Proceedings > Food Safety

    Mr. Speaker, we have heard those misleading figures and dismissive remarks over and over. They do not change the reality that a lack of proper training, deliberate instructions to ignore fecal matter and no comprehensive third party audit of available CFIA resources have led to people getting sick. Perhaps the parliamentary secretary needs to repeat the exact same answer to convince himself that what he is being fed from above is true, but he has not convinced Canadians. ... more

    Dec. 11, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Frank Valeriote
    Frank Valeriote spoke about Adjournment Proceedings > Food Safety

    Mr. Speaker, Canadian confidence in our food safety system was shaken this year as 18 Canadians were made ill by E. coli contaminated beef and we watched the largest beef recall in our history. ... more

    Dec. 11, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Malcolm Allen
    Malcolm Allen spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, we voted for Bill S-11, the food safety bill. My recommendation to my caucus was to vote for second reading and send it to committee to amend it because the government's sense was for us to bring it our ideas. That is exactly what I did. We voted to send it to committee. ... more

    Dec. 6, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Malcolm Allen
    Malcolm Allen spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise to speak to Bill C-15 in spite of my colleagues across the way, who think we should just shuffle it off and not hear from people and not get suggestions, but just send it to committee and somehow, magically, that committee would work differently than all the other ones we sit on. ... more

    Dec. 6, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for his service in the armed forces, which was certainly much longer than mine. ... more

    Dec. 6, 2012,   Parliament
  • Mr. Gordon Harrison (President, Canadian National Millers Association) spoke

    Good morning. Thank you very much for this invitation to appear and discuss aspects of the supply chain. ... more

    Dec. 4, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Gerry Ritz
    Gerry Ritz spoke about Oral Questions > Food Safety

    Mr. Speaker, there are no cuts in our food safety system. If the NDP had its way, the hundreds of millions of dollars and hundreds of inspectors that we put in place since we formed government would never have happened. That is unfortunate. ... more

    Nov. 29, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Gerry Ritz
    Gerry Ritz spoke about Oral Questions > Food Safety

    Mr. Speaker, those allegations are absolutely unfounded and untrue. My role as minister is to ensure that CFIA has the capacity from a regulatory standpoint. We just voted through Bill S-11, the safe food for Canadians act, adding to its regulatory powers and ensuring that it has the budgetary capacity and manpower to enforce those regulations.

    Nov. 29, 2012,   Parliament
  • Mr. Paul Mayers spoke

    Thank you very much. ... more

    Nov. 29, 2012,   Parliament
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    Gerry Ritz spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    Nov. 29, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Barry Devolin
    Barry Devolin spoke about Royal Assent

    Order, please. I have the honour to inform the House that a communication has been received as follows: ... more

    Nov. 22, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Linda Duncan
    Linda Duncan spoke about Government Orders > Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act

    Mr. Speaker, the members should calm down. They are cutting into my time. I know all the members, especially those on the other side, and especially the Minister of Foreign Affairs, are waiting with bated breath for my comments. ... more

    Nov. 22, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Government Orders > Safe Food for Canadians Act

    The House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at the third reading stage of Bill S-11. ... more

    Nov. 20, 2012,   Parliament
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    Nov. 20, 2012,   Parliament
  • Vote 497
    That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
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    Nov. 20, 2012
  • Photo of Pat Martin
    Pat Martin spoke about Government Orders > Safe Food for Canadians Act

    Mr. Speaker, I have read the bill that the government has named the safe food for Canadians act. I also took the time to read the Library of Parliament briefing notes that were made available in association with the bill for the assistance and guidance of the committee. I read the explanation of the bill through clause-by-clause analysis and also the House notes prepared by my colleague, the member of Parliament for Welland, who I should stop and recognize and pay tribute to for the work he has done in representing the interests of Canadians in the pursuit of true safe food for Canadians legislation. It might give them some comfort to know that there are committed advocates on the opposition benches who are seeking to address the lamentable situation of the food inspection regime in this country. ... more

    Nov. 19, 2012,   Parliament
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