Canada is viewed by many as one of the best countries in the world for opportunity. As Canadians, we're fortunate to live in a country that embraces diversity and continually looks to improve its conditions for its citizens.
There are a few proposed laws in progress right now that seem quite promising for our country. Whether the end-goals are small or significant, these bills, if passed as laws, would definitely bring good to our country to some degree. Here are 9 proposed laws in Canada that will change the country for the better if they are passed:
Information is sourced from LEGISinfo by the Parliament of Canada.
1. An act for gender identity/expression
This enactment amends the Canadian Human Rights Act to include gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination. It will also amend the Criminal Code to protect individuals against hate or prejudice on gender identity or expression, and will consider such offences as aggravating circumstances that a court will take into consideration when it imposes a sentence.
2. An act to increase pension (among other things)
Part of this enactment amends the Canada Pension Plan to increase the amount of retirement pension, survivor's and disability pensions and post-retirement benefits (subject to the amount of additional contributions made and the number of years).
3. An act to establish a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights
This enactment establishes the Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights, which aims to "safeguard the right of present and future generations of Canadians to a healthy and ecologically balanced environment." It will also seek confirmation for the Government of Canada's commitment of its duty to protect the environment, implement environmental law and ensure all Canadians have access to sufficient environmental information.
4. An act to protect vulnerable persons from abuse
This enactment amends a portion of the Criminal Code to establish that the physical, emotional, sexual or financial abuse of a person over age of 18 who depends on others for their care because of a mental or physical disability will be considered an aggravating circumstance when the court imposes a sentence.
5. An act to change election voting age
This enactment amends the Canadian Elections Act to lower the federal voting age in Canada from 18 to 16 years old.
6. An act to establish a formal organ donor registry
This enactment aims to create a confidential Canadian Donor Registry that will have information on organ donors and recipients. It also looks to develop a national strategy to promote organ donation in Canada and increase the cooperation between provinces on such matter.
7. An act for impaired driving
This enactment amends the portion of the Criminal Code that deals with vehicle-related offences. It will give clearer definitions for what's prohibited and the penalties for any offences, increase the penalties for repeat offences, implement more efficient methods to determine if a person is under the influence of a substance, and more.
8. An act to reduce national food waste
This enactment specifies October 16 as "National Food Waste Awareness Day" in Canada, and calls for the development and implementation of a national strategy to reduce food waste in Canada.
9. An act to establish a national strategy for poverty reduction
This enactment looks to develop and implement a national strategy to reduce poverty in Canada, appoint a poverty reduction commissioner and add poverty as a social condition within the prohibited grounds of discrimination in the Canadian Human Rights Act.
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