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Report of the committee

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology has the honour to present its

THIRTY-FIRST REPORT

Your committee, to which was referred Bill C-243, An Act respecting the development of a national maternity assistance program strategy, has, in obedience to the order of reference of Wednesday, October 24, 2018, examined the said bill and now reports the same without amendment but with certain observations, which are appended to this report.

Respectfully submitted,

CHANTAL PETITCLERC

Chair

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Observations to the thirty-first report of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (Bill C-243)

The committee agrees that the preamble to Bill C-243 notes that Canada “does not have a long-term comprehensive national strategy to allow pregnant and nursing women to continue working and to financially support them in cases where they are unable to work during their pregnancy”.

The Committee therefore suggests that consultations to develop a national maternity assistance program should not be restricted to pregnant workers but extend to nursing workers.