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HESA Committee Report

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In accordance with its Order of Reference of Monday, October 30, 2017, your Committee has considered Bill C-326, An Act to amend the Department of Health Act (drinking water guidelines), and agreed on Monday, April 16, 2018, to report it with the following amendments:

Clause 1

That Bill C-326, in Clause 1, be amended by replacing line 20 on page 1 to line 17 on page 2 with the following:

“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.

(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.

(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.”

New Clause 2

That Bill C-326 be amended by adding after line 17 on page 2 the following:

“2 This Act comes into force on a day to be fixed by order of the Governor in Council.”

Your Committee has ordered a reprint of Bill C-326, as amended, as a working copy for the use of the House of Commons at the report stage.
A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 97 to 99) is tabled.