Canada Pharmacare Act

An Act to enact the Canada Pharmacare Act


Peter Julian  NDP

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


Introduced, as of Feb. 24, 2020

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This enactment enacts the Canada Pharmacare Act, which establishes criteria and conditions in respect of drug insurance plans established under the law of a province that must be met before a cash contribution may be made.


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Canada Pharmacare ActRoutine Proceedings

February 24th, 2020 / 3:10 p.m.
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Peter Julian NDP New Westminster—Burnaby, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-213, An Act to enact the Canada Pharmacare Act.

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to introduce the Canada pharmacare act, a historic step in the history of our country.

The bill is seconded by the member for Burnaby South and supported by millions of Canadians across the country, like Jim, who has to beg at the entrance of Parliament Hill to find the money each month to pay for his medication, and Cole, a constituent whose family pays $1,000 a month for medication that keeps one member of their family alive.

The Canada pharmacare act would ensure universal, comprehensive public pharmacare that is accessible and affordable, the very principles of universal medicare. This would save Canadians billions of dollars. It would save the lives of thousands of Canadians who die from preventable causes because they lack medication coverage.

The Canada pharmacare act will benefit millions of Canadians. If members support this bill, we can tell everyone that our country is finally getting pharmacare.

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