National Strategy for Eye Care Act

An Act to establish a national strategy for eye care


Judy Sgro  Liberal

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 June 14, 2022

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National Strategy for Eye Care ActRoutine Proceedings

June 14th, 2022 / 10:05 a.m.
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Judy Sgro Liberal Humber River—Black Creek, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-284, An Act to establish a national strategy for eye care.

Mr. Speaker, I am very happy today to have the opportunity to introduce this bill calling for a national strategy on eye care, something that, for many years, Canadians have been calling for, and something that the government has promised many times before that.

I want to acknowledge that I am introducing this bill in memory of my grandmother, Annie Steeves, and I continue to see my aunt Ruby Gentile and my long-time friend and mentor Paul Valenti, who suffer from blindness.

There are over eight million Canadians living with a blinding eye disease that could be prevented. Research has shown that, if it is diagnosed early and people have access to treatment, blindness can be prevented. I ask all of my colleagues to just imagine how their lives would change if they lost their eyesight. We take it for granted, and we do not stop to think enough. Over eight million people currently live with a blinding eye disease that puts them at risk, and these numbers are expected to grow to almost 14 million people.

Many of us currently in the House may also develop macular degeneration, and I would like to see February designated as macular degeneration awareness month.

The Canadian Council of the Blind, Fighting Blindness Canada, CNIB and countless other organizations have been calling for an eye strategy for Canada, to move forward with the commitment made previously to develop a national eye strategy that will protect the eye health of all Canadians.

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