About Committees

Committees are at the core of the Senate's work. They are recognized for their major contribution to legislation and public policy. Committees were called "the heart and soul of the Senate" by Senator Muriel McQueen Fergusson, the first woman Speaker of the Senate, because of their focus on social, economic and political issues.
Activities of Senate Committees

Fundamentals of Senate Committees (PDF)
This document outlines how committees function and describes the role and work of both committee members and staff. This document is intended for use as a reference tool for parliamentarians, their staff and interested members of the public.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
FAQ provide answers to many of the most commonly asked questions regarding committee work and were developed to help you acquire a better understanding of Senate committees.

For witnesses


How to Make a Submission to a Senate Committee

Major Legislative and Special Study Reports by Senate Committees (July 2019) PDF

Permission Regarding the Reproduction of the Proceedings of the Senate and its Committees

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Senate Committees Directorate
Chambers Building, 10th Floor
40 Elgin Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A4