Bill S-218

Genetic Non-Discrimination Act

An Act to prohibit and prevent genetic discrimination

This bill was tabled by on May 1, 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

  • Ms. Jacquie Micallef (Manager, Member Relations, Policy & Partnerships, Neurological Health Charities Canada) spoke

    Thank you for inviting Neurological Health Charities Canada to testify in front of the committee once again. It has been our pleasure to stand before this committee in the past to testify on behalf of the estimated 5.5 million Canadians living with neurological conditions in Canada. ... more

    May 7, 2013,   Parliament
  • Ms. Jennifer Stoddart spoke

    Yes. Thank you, honourable member. These four priorities are just an in-house way—the suggestion came from the personnel—to organize our work because we're constantly bombarded with so much. As you say, there are new technologies and new issues. So what do we decide to prioritize all the questions of privacy that come up? We chose these four. ... more

    April 22, 2013,   Parliament