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.

Studies & Bills Order of Reference Session  note  note
Bill C-21, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act
2008-06-12
Monday, June 16, 2008 at 5:01 PM
  • The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians ()
  • Andrew Beynon, Acting Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy and Strategic Direction (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Yvonne Boyer, Commissioner (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Patrick Brazeau, National Chief (Congress of Aboriginal Peoples)
  • Wendy Cornet, Consultant and President of Cornet Consulting & Mediation Inc. (As an individual)
  • Linda Dabros, Director General, Knowledge Centre (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Ian Fine, Director General and Senior General Counsel (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Ellen Gabriel, President, Quebec Native Women Inc. (Native Women's Association of Canada)
  • Jim Hendry, General Counsel, Human Rights Law Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Jennifer Lynch, Chief Commissioner (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Martin Reiher, Senior Counsel, Operations and Programs Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Lisa Shaver, Chief (AFN's Women's Council)
  • Angus Toulouse, Regional Chief (Assembly of First Nations)
  • Daniel Wilson, Strategic Policy, Planning and Law (Assembly of First Nations)
Study on the issue of the sexual exploitation of persons, with particular emphasis on children, including questions of trafficking in children, prostitution, sex tourism, pornography, and the sexual exploitation of children on the internet
2008-05-01
Monday, June 9, 2008 at 5:03 PM
Bill S-218, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and to enact certain other measures, in order to provide assistance and protection to victims of human trafficking
2008-03-05
Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 9:04 AM
  • Hallvard Gorseth, Administrator, Anti-Trafficking Action (Council of Europe, Gender Equality & Anti-Trafficking Division)
  • Marta Requena, Head of Division (Council of Europe, Gender Equality & Anti-Trafficking Division)
Monday, May 5, 2008 at 5:09 PM
  • Pierrette Boissé, Member (Comité d'action contre le trafic humain interne et international)
  • Mike Cabana, Chief Superintendent, Director General, Border Integrity, Federal and International Operations (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Louise Dionne, Member and Facilitator (Comité d'action contre le trafic humain interne et international)
  • Megan Imrie, Director, Horizontal Policy & Planning Division, Enforcement Branch (Canada Border Services Agency)
  • Lee F. Lakeman, Regional Representative (British Columbia & Yukon) (Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres)
  • Alice Lee, Crisis Worker, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter (Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres)
  • Jacqueline Oxman-Martinez, Professor, University of Montréal (As an individual)
Monday, April 14, 2008 at 5:04 PM
  • Janet Dench, Executive Director (Canadian Council for Refugees)
  • Carolyn Hume, Policy Advisor to Senator Phalen (The Senate of Canada)
  • Brenna MacNeil, Director, Social Policy and Programs, Immigration Branch (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Cindy Moriarty, Director, Bureau of Women's Health and Gender Based Analysis (Health Canada)
  • Robert Mundie, Director, Strategic Priorities Division, Strategic Policy Branch (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Benjamin Perrin, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia (As an individual)
  • The Honourable Gerard A. Phalen, Senator, Sponsor of the Bill (The Senate of Canada)
  • Loly Rico, Chair, Anti-Trafficking Subcommittee (Canadian Council for Refugees)
Bill C-280, An Act to Amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (coming into force of sections 110, 111 and 171)
2008-03-04
Monday, June 9, 2008 at 5:03 PM
Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 3:33 PM
  • The Honourable Diane Finley, P.C., M.P., Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Micheline Aucoin, Director General, Refugees Branch (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • William Bauer, Former member of the Immigration and Refugee Board (As an individual)
  • Andrea Lyon, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Program Policy (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • The Honourable Joe Volpe, P.C., M.P. (Eglinton - Lawrence), Former Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (As an individual)
Monday, June 2, 2008 at 5:03 PM
  • Abraham Abraham, Representative in Canada (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
  • Joan Auden, Member (Hitschmanova Committee, First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa)
  • Lisa Barnet, Member (St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Parish, Refugee Outreach Group)
  • Max Berger, Immigration Lawyer (As an individual)
  • Michael Casasola, Resettlement Officer (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
  • Pierre Gauthier, Chair (St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Parish, Refugee Outreach Group)
  • Stéphane Handfield, Vice-President (Quebec Immigration Lawyers Association)
  • Phil Nagy, President (Hitschmanova Committee, First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa)
  • Jan Raska, Member (St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Parish, Refugee Outreach Group)
  • Hy Shelow, Senior Protection Officer (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
Monday, May 12, 2008 at 5:05 PM
  • Alfredo Barahona, Coordinator, Refugee and Migration Program (KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives)
  • Jacques Beauchemin, Member of the Immigration and Citizenship Law Committee (Barreau du Québec)
  • Catherine Dagenais, Lawyer, Research and Legislation Services (Barreau du Québec)
  • Janet Dench, Executive Director (Canadian Council for Refugees)
  • Kerri Froc, Legal Policy Analyst (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Stephen Gallagher, Lecturer, Department of Political Science, McGill University (As an individual)
  • Mitchell Goldberg, Member of the Immigration and Citizenship Law Committee (Barreau du Québec)
  • Naomi Kikoler, Articling Student (Amnesty International Canada)
  • David Matas, Member, Citizenship and Immigration Law Section (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Gloria Nafziger, Refugee Coordinator (Amnesty International Canada)
  • Peter Showler, Director, The Refugee Forum, Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa (As an individual)
Monday, April 28, 2008 at 5:06 PM
  • Jean Bélanger, Director General, Corporate Planning and Services Branch (Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada)
  • Nicole Demers, M.P. (Laval) (House of Commons)
  • The Honourable Yoine Goldstein, Senator, Sponsor of the Bill (Senate of Canada)
  • Dick Graham, Acting Director General, Refugees Branch (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • François Guilbault, Acting Senior General Counsel (Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada)
  • Susan Kramer, Director, Inland Enforcement (Canada Border Services Agency)
  • Andrea Lyon, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Program Policy (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Geoff Zerr, Director, Policy and Procedures (Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada)
Bill C-42, An Act to amend the Museums Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts
2008-02-26
Monday, March 3, 2008 at 4:58 PM
  • Lyn Elliot Sherwood, Executive Director, Heritage Group (Canadian Heritage)
  • Patrick O'Reilly, Director, Implementation Strategy, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Heritage Group (Canadian Heritage)
  • Rina Pantalony, Legal Counsel (Canadian Heritage)
Examine cases of alleged discrimination in the hiring and promotion practices of the Federal Public Service and to study the extent to which targets to achieve employment equity for minority groups are being met
2007-11-21
Monday, March 10, 2008 at 5:06 PM
  • Geoff Bowlby, Director, Labour Statistics Division (Statistics Canada)
  • Marie Crowther, Registrar (British Columbia College of Teachers)
  • Ravi Jain, Immigration Lawyer (As an individual)
  • Christel Le Petit, Chief, Analysis and Special Projects, Labour Statistics Division (Statistics Canada)
  • Tracey Leesti, Assistant Director, Labour Statistics Division (Statistics Canada)
  • Frank McIntyre, Manager of Human Resources (Ontario College of Teachers)
  • Lise Roy-Kolbusz, Deputy Registrar (Ontario College of Teachers)
Monday, February 4, 2008 at 5:06 PM
  • Lisa Addario, Employment Equity Officer (Public Service Alliance of Canada)
  • Ed Cashman, Regional Executive Vice President (Public Service Alliance of Canada)
  • Gary Corbett, Vice-President (The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada)
  • Natalie Dagenais, Director, Investigation Division (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Alex Dei, Director, Employment Equity Compliance Division (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Philippe Dufresne, Director and Senior Counsel, Litigation Services Division (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Hélène Goulet, Secretary General (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Jennifer Lynch, Chief Commissioner (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • James C. Morton (As an individual)
  • Mark Persaud (As an individual)
  • Allison Pilon, Research Officer (The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada)
  • Al Ravjiani, Ontario Regional Director and Chair of the Human Rights in the Workplace Committee (The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada)
Monday, December 10, 2007 at 4:04 PM
  • Karen Ellis, Senior Vice-President, Workforce and Workplace Renewal (Canada Public Service Agency)
  • Karl Flecker, National Director of Anti-Racism and Human Rights Department (Canadian Labour Congress)
  • Zina Glinski, Senior Policy Advisor, Employment Equity, Human Resources Planning, Employment Equity and HR Systems (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Angela Henry, Acting Director, Diversity Policy, Public Service Renewal and Diversity Branch (Canada Public Service Agency)
  • Camille Therriault-Power, Director General, Director General's Office (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Pamela Woods, Manager, Staffing, Official Languages and Awards, Staffing, Official Languages and Recognition Section (Department of Justice Canada)
Monday, December 3, 2007 at 4:05 PM
  • Maria Barrados, President (Public Service Commission of Canada)
  • Adelaida Bustamante, Chief Administrative Officer (National Council of Visible Minorities in the Federal Public Service)
  • Paula Green, Director General, Equity and Diversity (Public Service Commission of Canada)
  • Joanne Lalonde, Acting Director General, National Client Services Directorate (Public Service Commission of Canada)
  • Igho Natufe, President (National Council of Visible Minorities in the Federal Public Service)
  • Fo Niemi, Director General (Center for Research-Action on Race Relations)
Invite the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs concerning the recommendations contained in the Committee’s report entitled "A Hard Bed to lie in: Matrimonial Real Property on Reserve", tabled in the Senate November 4, 2003
2007-11-21
Monitor issues relating to human rights and, inter alia, to review the machinery of government dealing with Canada’s international and national human rights obligations
2007-11-21
Monday, June 16, 2008 at 5:01 PM
  • The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians ()
  • Andrew Beynon, Acting Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy and Strategic Direction (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Yvonne Boyer, Commissioner (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Patrick Brazeau, National Chief (Congress of Aboriginal Peoples)
  • Wendy Cornet, Consultant and President of Cornet Consulting & Mediation Inc. (As an individual)
  • Linda Dabros, Director General, Knowledge Centre (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Ian Fine, Director General and Senior General Counsel (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Ellen Gabriel, President, Quebec Native Women Inc. (Native Women's Association of Canada)
  • Jim Hendry, General Counsel, Human Rights Law Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Jennifer Lynch, Chief Commissioner (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Martin Reiher, Senior Counsel, Operations and Programs Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Lisa Shaver, Chief (AFN's Women's Council)
  • Angus Toulouse, Regional Chief (Assembly of First Nations)
  • Daniel Wilson, Strategic Policy, Planning and Law (Assembly of First Nations)
Monday, June 9, 2008 at 5:03 PM
Monday, February 25, 2008 at 6:59 PM
  • Paula Schriefer, Director of Advocacy (Freedom House)
Monday, February 11, 2008 at 5:05 PM
  • Adèle Dion, Director General, Human Security and Human Rights Bureau (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Jean-Paul Hubert, Interim President (Rights and Democracy)
  • Lloyd Lipsett, Senior Assistant to the President (Rights and Democracy)
  • Alex Neve, Secretary General (Amnesty International Canada)
  • Robert Sinclair, Deputy Director, Human Rights Section, Human Rights, Gender Equality, Health and Population Division (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
Monitor the implementation of recommendations contained in the Committee’s report entitled Children: The Silenced Citizens: Effective Implementation of Canada’s International Obligations with Respect to the Rights of Children, tabled in the Senate on April 25, 2007
2007-11-21
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