Campaigns/Advocacy

Bill C-486, the Conflict Minerals Act, is a Private Member’s bill, introduced by NDP MP Paul Dewar. Although STAND Canada’s campaign is centred around its second reading vote, it is just one step of several when it comes to making this bill a reality. The bill has been tabled and has gone through its first… Read More


By Priya Ramesh, Policy Director, and Kristen Pue, Advocacy Director Should it ascend to law, the Conflict Minerals Act would affect several groups in the following ways. The Democratic Republic of Congo: Often, minerals in the DRC are extracted by local citizens in illegal mines controlled and taxed by armed groups. Minerals that are mined,… Read More


MP Paul Dewar’s Conflict Minerals Act would require Canadian companies that utilize specific minerals (gold, cassiterite, wolframite, coltan, or any of their derivatives, such as tin, tungsten, and tantalum) originating in the Great Lakes Region of Africa (which includes the Democratic Republic of Congo and its neighbours) to exercise internationally recognized due diligence standards to… Read More


Although Paul Dewar’s Conflict Minerals Act is important for helping turn off conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, there are good commercial reasons for the bill too. According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which developed due diligence guidelines for conflict minerals, benefits include: Knowing and showing that the company is… Read More


STAND Canada is proud to support the Conflict Minerals Act, also known as Bill C-486. The bill, introduced March 26th, 2013, would require Canadian companies to exercise internationally recognized due diligence standards to keep mined minerals from fueling conflict and funding groups engaged in human rights abuses. The Conflict Minerals Act is is set to… Read More