The federal government is promising to levy potentially millions of dollars of fines against private companies that violate Canadians’ privacy.

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains introduced the Digital Charter Implementation Act today, one of the largest shakeups to Canada’s private sector laws in decades.

If the bill passes, companies would face fines of up to five per cent of revenue or $25 million, whichever is greater, for the most serious offences. Bains called it the strongest fines among G7 nations’ privacy laws.

It would also give the federal privacy commissioner order-making powers, something Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien has long asked for, including the ability to force an organization to comply and the ability to order a company to stop collecting data or using personal information.

The legislation also pledges to ensure that Canadians have the ability to demand that their information be destroyed.