Extraterritorial Activities of Canadian Businesses and Entities Act

An Act respecting the extraterritorial activities of Canadian businesses and entities, establishing the Canadian Extraterritorial Activities Review Commission and making consequential amendments to other Acts

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

Johanne Deschamps  Bloc

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

Status

Introduced, as of Sept. 17, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

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

This enactment establishes the Canadian Extraterritorial Activities Review Commission to receive complaints and conduct inquiries to determine whether the extraterritorial activities of Canadian businesses and entities are conducted in a responsible and ethical manner; to prepare, with the assistance of an advisory committee, a draft code of Canadian standards governing the extraterritorial activities of Canadian businesses and other entities; to advise the government in order to help it support only those Canadian businesses and entities and those projects outside Canada that are in compliance with this code; and to notify the Minister of Foreign Affairs of situations that might justify imposing sanctions under the Special Economic Measures Act against a Canadian business or entity conducting extraterritorial activities.

The enactment amends the Special Economic Measures Act to give the Governor in Council the power to take measures against Canadian businesses and entities whose activities outside Canada he or she believes have led or are likely to lead to a threat to peace, serious and repeated violations of human rights or serious or irreversible degradation of the environment.

It also amends the Export Development Act and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Act to ensure compliance with the principles referred to in section 13 of this enactment.

Elsewhere

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Extraterritorial Activities of Canadian Businesses and Entities ActRoutine Proceedings

September 17th, 2009 / 10:05 a.m.
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Bloc

Johanne Deschamps Bloc Laurentides—Labelle, QC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-438, An Act respecting the extraterritorial activities of Canadian businesses and entities, establishing the Canadian Extraterritorial Activities Review Commission and making consequential amendments to other Acts.

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak today to introduce a bill that will ensure that the extraterritorial activities of Canadian businesses and entities are conducted in a responsible and ethical manner, and that they adhere to international human rights and environmental standards.

This bill responds to the recommendations in the report from the National Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Canadian Extractive Industry in Developing Countries, published in March 2007. I urge all of my colleagues in this House to vote in favour of this bill.

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