STATEMENT: Compassionate bereavement bill passes second reading in the Senate of Canada

May 27, 2021

EDMONTON, AB – Matt Jeneroux, the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Riverbend, releases the below statement following the second reading of his Private Member’s Bill in the Senate of Canada:

“Our compassionate bereavement bill is one step closer to becoming Canadian law as it passed its second reading in the Senate of Canada earlier tonight. Bill C-220 proposes to extend bereavement leave for all employees who work under the Canada Labour Code to 10 days following the death of a loved one, a doubling of the current five days.

“The pandemic has highlighted the insufficient grief supports currently available in Canada. We’ve heard from people from across the country who would like to see more bereavement leave available. This bill passed in the House of Commons with all-party support because Members of Parliament recognized the need to make available more grief supports.

“I’m pleased the Senate of Canada is proceeding quickly with this bill and look forward to its study at the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology.”