Right to Know Act

An Act regarding the right to know when products contain toxic substances

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


Peter Julian  NDP

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


Introduced, as of Feb. 7, 2017
(This bill did not become law.)


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

This enactment prohibits the sale, importation or advertisement of any product that contains a toxic substance or produces a toxic substance when used, unless that product has a label warning of the potential exposure to the toxic substance affixed on one or more surfaces of its packaging.


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Right to Know ActRoutine Proceedings

February 7th, 2017 / 10 a.m.
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Peter Julian NDP New Westminster—Burnaby, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-336, An Act regarding the right to know when products contain toxic substances.

Mr. Speaker, Canadians have the right to know if the everyday products they buy for themselves, their families, and their homes could harm their health or the environment. That is why I am introducing the right to know act.

Protection begins with knowledge, and this is why I am tabling a bill that should provide consumers with the right to access that information, the right to know act. This bill would require that all products, especially foods, household cleaners, and cosmetics, carry clearly marked labels specifying their toxic contents.

Environmental Defence and others support the objectives of this bill. I hope that all members of Parliament will support this important legislation.

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