Senators work in committees to scrutinize bills, to study issues and to examine government spending proposals. This work helps the Senate improve law and public policy on behalf of Canadians.
Known for the scope and range of their work, Senate committees focus on social, economic and political issues facing the country.
Groups of senators hold regular committee meetings during sitting weeks where they hear witness testimony on subjects related to a committee's mandate. Meetings can be held on or off Parliament Hill.
Committees report back to the Senate with their findings and recommendations after concluding hearings on a bill or a study. These reports routinely prompt changes to legislation and public policy.
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The fully translated and edited copy of the transcripts is posted on the committee's website within a few weeks of a hearing.