I think I'm going to get quite a lot of time to speak today. That's unfortunate, because I have a bit of a raspy voice.
For clause 11, the amendment that I'm bringing forward is that Bill S-211 in clause 11 be amended:
(a) by replacing line 21 on page 6 with the following:
“tion to forced labour and child labour, including its code of conduct, if any;”
(b) by replacing lines 24 and 25 on page 6 with the following:
“and the steps it has taken to assess and eliminate that risk;
(c.1) a summary of any reports it received in relation to the use of forced labour or child labour in respect of which there is credible or trustworthy evidence, as well as the steps taken by the entity to remediate each occurrence;”
(c) by adding after line 32 on page 6 the following:
“(e.1) any consultations with communities affected by forced labour or child labour;”
This amendment adds to the reporting requirement. It requires a reference to the code of conduct for each entity on the steps a company has taken to assess and eliminate, not just manage, the risk or use of forced or child labour, and a summary of reports of forced or child labour, including consultations with communities affected by child labour.
The language in this amendment was suggested by World Vision Canada, which, as you know, is a child-focused organization that worked on this bill over several years. Despite its support for the bill, World Vision still has ideas on how we can strengthen this important legislation, and they are reflected in this amendment.
Given that the bill does not meet the standards of due diligence that our witnesses called for, we should adopt this amendment.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.