It is imperative that the Government of Canada move quickly to address the widespread reports of forced labour, child labour and other human rights abuses in the global operations of Canadian companies and in Canadian global supply chains. It is equally imperative that the measures implemented by the Government of Canada are effective in preventing and remedying harms.
We welcome the Senate’s interest in addressing these issues and are pleased that the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights is studying Bill S-211. However, we believe that – despite its laudable intention – Bill S-211 misses the mark and will not be effective in addressing forced labour and other human rights abuses in Canadian supply chains. We invite the committee to consider a more appropriate approach, one that will better address these abuses, help Canada catch up to global momentum on eradicating forced labour, and assist Canada in fulfilling its international human rights commitments.
Please see the CNCA’s full Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights study of Bill S-211 (PDF).