Corporate Social Responsibility of Mining Corporations Outside Canada Act

An Act respecting Corporate Social Responsibility for the Activities of Canadian Mining Corporations in Developing Countries

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

This bill was previously introduced in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session.

Sponsor

Paul Dewar  NDP

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

Status

Introduced, as of Feb. 6, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

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

The purpose of this enactment is to ensure that Canada’s commitments to international law and the International Bill of Rights are complied with in respect of the mining activities of Canadian corporations in developing countries. The enactment creates the Office of the Ombudsman and requires those corporations to report to it on their mining activities. It also gives the Office of the Ombudsman the responsibility to develop guidelines on best practices to follow for mining activities and it requires the Ombudsman to submit an annual report to both Houses of Parliament on the provisions and operation of this Act.

Elsewhere

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Corporate Social Responsibility of Mining Corporations Outside Canada ActRoutine Proceedings

February 6th, 2009 / 12:15 p.m.
See context

NDP

Paul Dewar NDP Ottawa Centre, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-298, An Act respecting Corporate Social Responsibility for the Activities of Canadian Mining Corporations in Developing Countries.

Madam Speaker, again I thank my colleague from Halifax for seconding this bill.

This bill would ensure Canada had the same obligations overseas as it has here for all of its mining extractive industries, for things like labour law, human rights and environmental laws.

In the past, the government has said that it would act on this and it has the report on corporate social responsibility to actually engage in this area but it has sat on the minister's desk without any reply.

This bill would have Canada apply the ideas and the principles of corporate social responsibility for the extractive industries overseas. This applies to places like the Congo, for sure in Darfur and Sudan, and other places around the world.

I would love it if the government would please take my bill.

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