An Act to amend the Department of Industry Act (small businesses)

This bill was last introduced in the 42nd Parliament, 1st Session, which ended in September 2019.


Elizabeth May  Green

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


Introduced, as of April 14, 2016
(This bill did not become law.)


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This enactment amends the Department of Industry Act to require that a small business impact assessment be made for eve­ry legislative initiative that could have a significant effect on Canadian small businesses.


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Department of Industry ActRoutine Proceedings

April 14th, 2016 / 10:05 a.m.
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Elizabeth May Green Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC


seconded by the member for Joliette, moved for leave to introduce Bill C-258, An Act to amend the Department of Industry Act (small businesses).

She said: Mr. Speaker, it is a great honour for me to rise today to introduce this bill for the second time. I did so in the previous Parliament, and now I am reintroducing this bill on the Department of Industry with respect to small businesses.

The proposal is very simple. It is based on something that is done in the European Union, which is referred as “think small first”. It would apply an advance evaluation to government programs, laws, and regulations, to ensure that their impact on small business is considered in the process of reviewing all the legislation and regulations that go through this place.

I am grateful for the opportunity to have it at first reading. I hope for support from all sides of the House.

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