Statutory Programs Evaluation Act

An Act to provide for the evaluation of statutory programs

This bill was last introduced in the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in September 2008.

This bill was previously introduced in the 39th Parliament, 1st Session.


John Williams  Conservative

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Not active, as of March 29, 2007
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment provides for the regular evaluation of continuing government programs for which expenditure is authorized by statutory appropriations. The evaluation is to be prepared by the Minister responsible for the program and tabled in the House of Commons.

The Auditor General of Canada may review any evaluation and is required to review and report to the House of Commons on any evaluation of a statutory program that costs $250 million a year or more.


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Statutory Programs Evaluation ActRoutine Proceedings

March 29th, 2007 / 10:50 a.m.
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John Williams Conservative Edmonton—St. Albert, AB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-421, An Act to provide for the evaluation of statutory programs.

Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege to lay before Parliament, the fifth Parliament before which I have laid this bill, a bill calling for a managerial review of the programs of the Government of Canada to bring some order and efficiency, if possible, to these programs. I think we will find that this government is more amenable to adopting this kind of approach than previous governments.

The bill basically calls for each program to be evaluated on cyclical basis and asks the following. First, what is a program designed to do for Canadians? Once we know that, how well is the program delivering what it is supposed to do for Canadians? Third, is it doing so efficiently and effectively? Fourth, is there a better way to achieve the same results? It is good management and I hope this government follows through.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)