Despite the magnitude and severity of risks that modern slavery poses, Canada has largely been an outlier in addressing the issue. As a result, Canada lags many of its trading partners by a long mile in addressing modern slavery practices within supply chains. While the Nevsun Resources judgment marks a significant milestone in Canada’s battle against modern slavery practices, it is an exception to the country’s long history of ineffective legislation.
The introduction of House of Commons Bill C-423 was the first proactive attempt by Canadian lawmakers to fight modern slavery. Introduced in December 2018, Bill C-423 followed in close succession to a report issued by the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, International Development (FAAE), and the Subcommittee on International Human Rights. The report, titled “A Call to Action: Ending the Use of all Forms of Child Labour in Supply Chains”, studied the presence of child labor in Canadian supply chains, especially in Southeast Asia.
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