Bill C-304, the private members’ bill from MP Libby Davies to create a much-needed national housing act for Canada, will get clause-by-clause review at the Commons’ HUMA committee on Monday afternoon. A number of groups, including the Wellesley Institute, have been pressing for amendments to strengthen the draft legislation – and the changes that are expected will bring the bill into line with Canada’s international housing obligations. At second reading, a majority of MPs supported the draft bill – including all the NDP, Liberal and Bloc members, plus a Conservative MP. After committee consideration, the bill goes back to the floor of the Commons for third and final reading, before moving over to the Senate and then royal proclamation. Once adopted, the bill will require the federal government to consult widely and then produce a comprehensive national housing plan within 180 days.