An Act to amend the Financial Administration Act (composition of boards of directors)

An Act to amend the Financial Administration Act (composition of boards of directors)


Don Davies  NDP

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


Outside the Order of Precedence (a private member's bill that hasn't yet won the draw that determines which private member's bills can be debated), as of March 3, 2022

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This enactment amends the Financial Administration Act to provide that the boards of directors of parent Crown corporations are not to be composed of fewer women than men.


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Constitution Act, 2022 (representation of Quebec)Private Members' Business

June 8th, 2022 / 4:05 p.m.
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The Speaker Liberal Anthony Rota

Pursuant to order made on Thursday, November 25, 2021, the House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at second reading stage of Bill C-246 under Private Members' Business.

Financial Administration ActRoutine Proceedings

March 3rd, 2022 / 10:05 a.m.
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Don Davies NDP Vancouver Kingsway, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-256, An Act to amend the Financial Administration Act (composition of boards of directors).

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce an important bill to Parliament. This legislation would amend the Financial Administration Act to require gender parity on the board of directors of Crown corporations and agencies.

I would like to thank the hon. member for Winnipeg Centre for seconding this bill and for her tireless advocacy for gender equality.

Today in Canada, women make up only 27% of federal appointments to Crown corporation boards. Only 18% of director seats are held by women across all corporate boards in Canada, and 61% of boards are composed entirely of men. This is unacceptable and must change. By adopting this legislation, the federal government can lead by example and take concrete action to advance gender equality in Canada.

For systemic change to occur, we must change the system. I hope all parliamentarians will support this important and overdue initiative.

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