National Strategy for Suicide Prevention Act

An Act respecting a National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

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


Megan Leslie  NDP

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


Introduced, as of Nov. 5, 2010
(This bill did not become law.)


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

This enactment establishes a requirement for the Government of Canada to develop a national strategy for suicide prevention in consultation with the ministers responsible for the delivery of health services in each province and territory and the national representative organizations of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.


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National Strategy for Suicide Prevention ActRoutine Proceedings

November 5th, 2010 / 12:10 p.m.
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Megan Leslie NDP Halifax, NS

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-593, An Act respecting a National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

Mr. Speaker, over 3,500 Canadians die by suicide every year. That means 10 people die by suicide every day. No community goes untouched by suicide, but we know that some communities are at higher risk, such as queer youth, Canada's elderly, teens and young adults, first nations, Inuit and remote communities.

I am proud to introduce this bill which calls for a pan-Canadian strategy for suicide prevention. I would like to thank our friend, Jack Hicks in Nunavut for his help in making this bill happen, and the member for Nickel Belt for offering to second the bill today.

I look forward to discussions with my colleagues across party lines about how we can support this bill through the House, because suicide prevention is all of our responsibility.

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