Studies & Bills

Orders of Reference

An order of reference is a decision of the Senate authorizing a committee to undertake the study of an issue, bill or other matter. Most committees require an order of reference before they can undertake such work. However, three committees are empowered by the Rules of the Senate to act on their own initiative without a prior order of reference from the Senate. These are the Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament; the Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration; and the Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators.

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Government Response to the fourth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages entitled: Seizing the Opportunity: The role of communities in a constantly changing immigration system, tabled in the Senate on December 2, 2014
2015-06-26
Government Response, dated October 23, 2014, to the third report of Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages entitled: CBC/Radio-Canada’s Language Obligations, Communities Want to See Themselves and Be Heard Coast to Coast!, tabled in the Senate on April 8, 2014
2014-10-23
Monday, May 4, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • Shelagh Kinch, Managing Director of English Services in Quebec (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Louis Lalande, Executive Vice-President, French Services (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Patricia Pleszczynska, Executive Director, Regional Services and ICI Radio-Canada Première (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Dr. Aurel Schofield, President (Société Santé en français)
  • Michel Tremblay, Executive Director (Société Santé en français)
Bill S-205, An Act to amend the Official Languages Act (communications with and services to the public)
2014-06-12 Show Briefs
Monday, June 15, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • Bonnie Boretsky, Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary (Canada Post)
  • Jocelyne Lalonde, Executive Director (Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne)
  • Amanda Maltby, General Manager, Compliance (Canada Post)
Monday, June 8, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • Laurent F. Caron, Chief Human Resources Officer and Official Languages Co-Champion (VIA Rail Canada)
  • Diane Desaulniers, Advisor on Official Languages (VIA Rail Canada)
  • Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and Chief Executive Officer (VIA Rail Canada)
  • Eve-Danièle Veilleux, Advisor, Governmental Relations and Official Languages Co-Champion (VIA Rail Canada)
Monday, May 25, 2015 at 5:03 PM
  • Daniel-Robert Gooch, President (Canadian Airports Council)
  • Richmond Graham, President and CEO (Regina Airport Authority)
  • Marc-André O'Rourke, Executive Director (National Airlines Council of Canada)
  • Monette Pasher, Marketing Director (Charlottetown Airport Authority)
  • David Rheault, Director, Government Affairs and Community Relations (Air Canada)
  • Ed Schmidtke, President and CEO (Thunder Bay International Airport Authority)
  • Louise-Hélène Sénécal, Assistant General Counsel (Air Canada)
Monday, May 11, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • Mary Donaghy, Assistant Commissioner, Policy and Communications Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Ghislaine Saikaley, Assistant Commissioner, Compliance Assurance Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Johane Tremblay, Director and General Counsel (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
Monday, February 2, 2015 at 5:03 PM
  • The Honourable Michel Bastarache, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada (M. Bastarache Professional Corporation)
  • Allan Damer, President (Fédération des associations de juristes d'expression française de common law inc. (FAJEF))
  • Mark Power, Lawyer (Power Law)
Monday, December 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • Jean-Pierre Corbeil, Assistant Director, Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division (Statistics Canada)
  • François Nault, Director, Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division (Statistics Canada)
Monday, November 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • Roger Paul, Executive Director (National Federation of French-Language School Boards)
  • Ghislaine Pilon, Acting Executive Director (Commission nationale des parents francophones)
Monday, November 17, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • Marc Tremblay, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Governance, Planning and Policy Sector (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Daniel Watson, Chief Human Resources Officer (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
Monday, November 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • Daniel Boucher, CEO (Société de la francophonie manitobaine)
  • Diane Côté, Director of Government and Community Relations (Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada)
  • Marie-France Kenny, President (Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada)
  • Maggy Razafimbahiny, Director General (Fédération culturelle canadienne-française)
  • James Shea, Vice-President (Quebec Community Groups Network)
  • Martin Théberge, President (Fédération culturelle canadienne-française)
  • Stephen Thompson, Director of Policy, Research and Public Affairs (Quebec Community Groups Network)
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • The Honourable Senator Maria Chaput, sponsor of the bill (As an Individual)
  • Vrouyr Makalian, Policy Advisor, Office of Senator Chaput ()
Study on best practices for language policies and second-language learning in a context of linguistic duality or plurality
2013-11-21 Show Briefs
Monday, June 8, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • Laurent F. Caron, Chief Human Resources Officer and Official Languages Co-Champion (VIA Rail Canada)
  • Diane Desaulniers, Advisor on Official Languages (VIA Rail Canada)
  • Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and Chief Executive Officer (VIA Rail Canada)
  • Eve-Danièle Veilleux, Advisor, Governmental Relations and Official Languages Co-Champion (VIA Rail Canada)
Monday, June 1, 2015 at 5:01 PM
Monday, May 11, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • Mary Donaghy, Assistant Commissioner, Policy and Communications Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Ghislaine Saikaley, Assistant Commissioner, Compliance Assurance Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Johane Tremblay, Director and General Counsel (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
Monday, April 20, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • Pedro Antunes, Deputy Chief Economist and Executive Director, Forecasting and Analysis (The Conference Board of Canada)
  • Alan Arcand, Associate Director, Centre for Municipal Studies (The Conference Board of Canada)
  • Michael Hudon, Communications and Project Coordinator, Canadian Parents for French – Manitoba (French for Life)
  • Danielle Lamothe, Executive Director (French for the Future)
  • Deborah Morrison, Executive Director (Society for Educational Visits and Exchanges in Canada)
Monday, March 30, 2015 at 5:02 PM
  • Pascal Arseneau, Chief Marketing Officer (Groupe Média TFO)
  • Julie Caron, Director, TFO Éducation (Groupe Média TFO)
  • Christey Hughes, Member-at-Large, Board of Administration (Canadian Association of Immersion Teachers)
  • Élaine Melanson, Core French and Intensive French Consultant (Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development)
Monday, March 23, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • Alec Boudreau, President (Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française)
  • Marc Charland, Executive Director (Quebec Federation of Parents' Committees)
  • His Excellency Beat Nobs, Ambassador of Switzerland to Canada (Embassy of Switzerland to Canada)
  • Urs Obrist, Science, Research and Education Officer (Embassy of Switzerland to Canada)
  • Josée Vaillancourt, Executive Director (Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française)
Monday, March 9, 2015 at 5:02 PM
  • Stephanie Arnott, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • Chantal Bourbonnais, Executive Director (Canadian Association of Immersion Teachers)
  • Lesley Doell, French Language Consultant, French Language Resource Centre (As an Individual)
  • Claude Germain, Associate Professor, University of Quebec at Montreal (As an Individual)
  • Norman Moyer (As an Individual)
  • Jim Murphy, E-Teacher, French as a Second Language, Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation (As an Individual)
Monday, February 23, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • Richard Clément, Director and Associate Dean, Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (University of Ottawa)
  • Hilaire Lemoine, Executive in Residence, Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (University of Ottawa)
  • Justin Morrow, Founder and President (Canadian Youth for French)
Monday, February 16, 2015 at 5:02 PM
  • Eva Anstett, Coordinator, Centre for Research and Expertise in Evaluation (École nationale d'administration publique)
  • Donna Aziz, English as a Second Language Consultant (LEARN)
  • Moktar Lamari, Director, Centre for Research and Expertise in Evaluation (École nationale d'administration publique)
  • Suzanne Longpré, Communications Officer (LEARN)
Monday, December 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • Ronald Boudreau, Director, Services to Francophones (Canadian Teachers' Federation)
  • Dianne Woloschuk, President (Canadian Teachers' Federation)
Monday, November 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • Roger Paul, Executive Director (National Federation of French-Language School Boards)
  • Ghislaine Pilon, Acting Executive Director (Commission nationale des parents francophones)
Monday, March 3, 2014 at 4:01 PM
  • The Honourable Shelly Glover, P.C., M.P., Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages (As an Individual)
  • Suzanne Bossé, Director General (Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada (FCFA))
  • Jean-Pierre C. Gauthier, Director General, Official Languages Branch (Canadian Heritage)
  • Marie-France Kenny, President (Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada (FCFA))
  • Hubert Lussier, Assistant Deputy Minister, Citizenship and Heritage (Canadian Heritage)
Study on CBC/Radio-Canada’s obligations under the Official Languages Act and some aspects of the Broadcasting Act
2013-11-21
Monday, April 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM
  • Chabha Bettoum (As an individual)
  • Habibatou Konate (As an individual)
  • Judicaël Moukoumi (As an individual)
  • Daouda Sow (As an individual)
  • Juan Manuel Toro Lara (As an individual)
Monday, February 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • Benoît Beaudoin, Director New Media (TV5 Québec Canada)
  • Suzanne Gouin, President and General Manager (TV5 Québec Canada)
Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM
Monday, December 9, 2013 at 5:00 PM
  • Guillaume Castonguay, Senior Policy Analyst, Broadcasting (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission)
  • Michel Cormier, Executive Director, News and Current Affairs, French Services (CBC/Radio-Canada)
  • Renée Gauthier, Senior Manager, French-language Television (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission)
  • Scott Hutton, Executive Director of Broadcasting (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission)
  • Louis Lalande, Executive Vice President, French Services (CBC/Radio-Canada)
  • Patricia Pleszczynska, Executive Director, Regional Services and ICI Radio-Canada Première (CBC/Radio-Canada)
Monday, December 2, 2013 at 5:00 PM
  • The Honourable Pierre De Bané, P.C., Former Senator (As an individual)
Study on the impacts of recent changes to the immigration system on official language minority communities
2013-11-21 Show Briefs
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • The Honourable Senator Maria Chaput, sponsor of the bill (As an Individual)
  • Vrouyr Makalian, Policy Advisor, Office of Senator Chaput ()
Monday, October 6, 2014 at 5:01 PM
Monday, September 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 11:49 AM
Monday, June 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM
  • Roukya Abdi Aden, Manager, National Coordination (Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité)
  • Rénald Gilbert, Immigration Program Manager, Paris (France) (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Jean Johnson, Chair, Board of Directors (Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta)
  • Ida Kamariza, Coordinator, Réseau en immigration francophone de l’Alberta (Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta)
  • Yves Saint-Germain, Director, Information, Language and Community Program Policy (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
Monday, June 2, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • Danielle Coombs, Coordinator (Federation of Francophones of Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Jeanne d'Arc Gaudet, President (Société de l'Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick)
  • Mamadou Ka, Chair (Société franco-manitobaine)
  • Denis Vaillancourt, President (Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario)
Monday, May 26, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • Jean-Pierre Cantin, Director, Services and Programs, Central-Southwestern Region (Collège Boréal)
  • Yvon Laberge, Executive Director (Collège Éducacentre)
  • Mildred Jean-Paul, Member of the Board of Governors (Collège Boréal)
  • Pierre Riopel, President (Collège Boréal)
Monday, May 12, 2014 at 5:20 PM
  • The Honourable Chris Alexander, P.C., M.P., Minister of Citizenship and Immigration ()
  • Gilles LeVasseur, Professor, Telfer School of Management (University of Ottawa)
  • Corinne Prince-St-Amand, Director General, Integration and Foreign Credentials Referral Office (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
Monday, May 5, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Jocelyne Lalonde, Executive Director, National Secretariat (Consortium national de formation en santé and Association des universités de la francophonie canadienne)
Monday, April 28, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Tracey M. Derwing, Professor, Department of Educational Psychology (University of Alberta)
  • Ibrahima Diallo, President (Table nationale de concertation communautaire en immigration francophone)
  • Nicole Gallant, Professor-Researcher (INRS Urbanisation Culture Société)
Monday, April 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM
  • Chabha Bettoum (As an individual)
  • Habibatou Konate (As an individual)
  • Judicaël Moukoumi (As an individual)
  • Daouda Sow (As an individual)
  • Juan Manuel Toro Lara (As an individual)
Monday, March 31, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • Chedly Belkhodja, Professor and Principal, School of Community and Public Affairs (Concordia University)
  • Matthieu Brennan, President (Brynaert Brennan and Associates)
  • Michèle Vatz-Laaroussi, Professor, School of Social Work (University of Sherbrooke)
Monday, March 3, 2014 at 4:01 PM
  • The Honourable Shelly Glover, P.C., M.P., Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages (As an Individual)
  • Suzanne Bossé, Director General (Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada (FCFA))
  • Jean-Pierre C. Gauthier, Director General, Official Languages Branch (Canadian Heritage)
  • Marie-France Kenny, President (Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada (FCFA))
  • Hubert Lussier, Assistant Deputy Minister, Citizenship and Heritage (Canadian Heritage)
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 12:03 PM
  • Jean-Sébastien Gignac, Executive Director (Voice of English-speaking Québec)
  • Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Director General (Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN))
  • Stephen D. Thompson, Director of Policy, Research and Public Affairs (Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN))
Study on the application of the Official Languages Act and of the regulations and directives made under it, within those institutions subject to the Act
2013-11-19
Monday, June 15, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • Bonnie Boretsky, Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary (Canada Post)
  • Jocelyne Lalonde, Executive Director (Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne)
  • Amanda Maltby, General Manager, Compliance (Canada Post)
Monday, May 11, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • Mary Donaghy, Assistant Commissioner, Policy and Communications Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Ghislaine Saikaley, Assistant Commissioner, Compliance Assurance Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Johane Tremblay, Director and General Counsel (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
Monday, May 4, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • Shelagh Kinch, Managing Director of English Services in Quebec (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Louis Lalande, Executive Vice-President, French Services (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Patricia Pleszczynska, Executive Director, Regional Services and ICI Radio-Canada Première (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Dr. Aurel Schofield, President (Société Santé en français)
  • Michel Tremblay, Executive Director (Société Santé en français)
Monday, November 17, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • Marc Tremblay, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Governance, Planning and Policy Sector (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Daniel Watson, Chief Human Resources Officer (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
Monday, October 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM
  • Mary Donaghy, Assistant Commissioner, Policy and Communications Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Ghislaine Saikaley, Assistant Commissioner, Compliance Assurance Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Johane Tremblay, Director and General Counsel, Legal Affairs Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
Monday, March 3, 2014 at 4:01 PM
  • The Honourable Shelly Glover, P.C., M.P., Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages (As an Individual)
  • Suzanne Bossé, Director General (Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada (FCFA))
  • Jean-Pierre C. Gauthier, Director General, Official Languages Branch (Canadian Heritage)
  • Marie-France Kenny, President (Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada (FCFA))
  • Hubert Lussier, Assistant Deputy Minister, Citizenship and Heritage (Canadian Heritage)
Monday, November 25, 2013 at 5:00 PM
  • Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Sylvain Giguère, Assistant Commissioner, Policy and Communications Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Ghislaine Saikaley, Assistant Commissioner, Compliance Assurance Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Johane Tremblay, Director and General Counsel, Legal Affairs Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
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