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First Session, Forty-second Parliament,
64-65-66-67 Elizabeth II, 2015-2016-2017-2018
HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
BILL C-326
An Act to amend the Department of Health Act (drinking water guidelines)
Reprinted as amended by the Standing Committee on Health as a working copy for the use of the House of Commons at Report Stage and as reported to the House on April 18, 2018
Mr. Scarpaleggia
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SUMMARY
This enactment amends the Department of Health Act to require the Minister of Health to identify any foreign government or international agency that, in the Minister’s opinion, has standards or guidelines respecting the quality of drinking water that should be compared to those that are being developed in Canada. Every fiscal year, the Minister shall publish the results of the comparison of various aspects of those standards or guidelines.‍
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1st Session, 42nd Parliament,
64-65-66-67 Elizabeth II, 2015-2016-2017-2018
HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
BILL C-326
An Act to amend the Department of Health Act (drinking water guidelines)
Preamble
Whereas it is essential that drinking water in Canada be of the highest quality;
Whereas the Government of Canada recognizes that national guidelines respecting drinking water are required to ensure such quality;
Whereas the main responsibility of the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water is to protect the quality of drinking water in Canada, including by developing and maintaining national guidelines;
And whereas the Minister of Health acknowledges the need for the national guidelines to be in keeping with the highest international standards respecting drinking water;
Now, therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:
1996, c. 8

Department of Health Act

1The Department of Health Act is amended by adding the following after section 5:
Foreign government or international agency
5.1(1)The Minister shall identify any foreign government or international agency that, in the Minister’s opinion, has standards or guidelines respecting the quality of drinking water that should be compared to the guidelines respecting the quality of drinking water that are being developed in Canada.
Ministerial review and comparison
(2)The Minister shall review the standards or guidelines respecting the quality of drinking water established by any foreign government or international agency iden­tified under subsection (1) to determine which aspects of those standards or guidelines shall be compared to the guidelines respecting the quality of drinking water that are being developed in Canada. The Minister shall then perform the appropriate comparison.
Publication
(3)The Minister shall, during each fiscal year after the fiscal year in which this section comes into force, publish the results of the comparison.

Coming into Force

Order in council
2This Act comes into force on a day to be fixed by order of the Governor in Council.
Published under authority of the Speaker of the House of Commons

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