Interprovincial Waste Movement Act

An Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (interprovincial movement of waste)

This bill was last introduced in the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2015.


Megan Leslie  NDP

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


Introduced, as of June 12, 2014
(This bill did not become law.)


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

This enactment amends the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 to prohibit the movement of waste from one province to another.


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Interprovincial Waste Movement ActRoutine Proceedings

June 12th, 2014 / 10:10 a.m.
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Megan Leslie NDP Halifax, NS

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-617, An Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (interprovincial movement of waste).

Mr. Speaker, a few years ago, my colleague from Skeena—Bulkley Valley started a project called “Create your Canada”, whereby students could learn about the legislative process, learn about the role of media, for example, talk about some of the problems in their communities, and come up with legislative solutions.

I took on that project in Halifax, and the grade 12 French immersion class taught by Rob Williams at Citadel High School took on the challenge. The students came up with all kinds of great ideas, from the promotion of local foods to lowering the voting age to some really complicated changes to the tax code.

The class actually decided to pick a bill whose concept was developed by Ben Smithers and Finlay Miller, and it was about changes to the Environmental Protection Act to ban the interprovincial transportation of waste. Their thoughts were that we are producing too much waste, and if authorities in the provinces actually had to deal with the waste their provinces produce, then they would come up with innovative solutions to combat how much waste we are producing.

I am proud to table this bill today. I am proud to represent these incredible students who know so much more about the legislative process now and who are so committed to the environment. I look forward to debate on this bill; it will be pretty exciting.

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