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
Develop and propose a mission and purpose statement for the Senate; and review the totality of its procedural rules as embodied in the Rules of the Senate and revise them so that they incorporate the multiple roles of the modern Senate
2018-11-27
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 9:30 AM
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 9:31 AM
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 9:32 AM
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 10:01 AM
  • The Honourable Stephen Greene, Senator (As an Individual)
  • The Honourable Paul J. Massicotte, Senator (As an Individual)
Examine the possibility of amending the Rules of the Senate to expressly give the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration the necessary discretion to meet in camera when required
2018-10-04
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 9:31 AM
  • Pascale Legault, Chief Corporate Services Officer and Clerk of the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration
  • The Honourable Senator Sabi Marwah, Chair, Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration
Develop and propose amendments to the Rules of the Senate to establish the Standing Committee on Audit and Oversight
2018-03-27
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 9:36 AM
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 9:31 AM
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 9:31 AM
  • The Honourable Senator David M. Wells
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 9:35 AM
  • The Honourable Senator Lucie Moncion
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 9:33 AM
  • The Honourable Senator David M. Wells
Process for determining the composition of the Committee of Selection and the composition of each standing committee
2017-04-04
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 9:30 AM
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 9:34 AM
Develop and propose amendments to the Rules of the Senate relating to omnibus bills
2017-02-16
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 9:33 AM
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 9:34 AM
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9:32 AM
Develop and propose amendments to the Rules of the Senate relating to the use of the Order Paper and Notice Paper, particularly in relation to so-called “stood” items
2017-02-09
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 9:34 AM
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9:32 AM
Pursuant to rule 12-7(2)(a), consideration of amendments to the Rules of the Senate
2016-12-13
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 9:56 AM
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 9:34 AM
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 9:33 AM
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 9:30 AM
Examine and propose amendments to the Rules of the Senate to allow and facilitate broadcasting of Senate proceedings
2016-12-06
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 9:30 AM
Case of privilege relating to the leaks of the Auditor General’s report on the audit of the Senate
2016-03-09
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 9:33 AM
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 9:32 AM
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 9:32 AM
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 9:33 AM
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 9:30 AM
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 9:32 AM
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 9:32 AM
  • The Honourable Senator Serge Joyal, P.C., Senator
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 9:35 AM
  • Gilles Duguay, Director General, Parliamentary Precinct Services (Senate of Canada)
  • Mike McDonald, Director, Corporate Security (Senate of Canada)
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 9:31 AM
  • Michael Ferguson, Auditor General of Canada (Office of the Auditor General of Canada)
  • Susan Gomez, Director (Office of the Auditor General of Canada)
  • Clyde MacLellan, Assistant Auditor General of Canada (Office of the Auditor General of Canada)
  • Jean-Charles Parisé, Principal (Office of the Auditor General of Canada)
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 9:36 AM
  • The Honourable Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette, P.C.
Pursuant to rule 12-7(2)(c), consideration of the orders and practices of the Senate and the privileges of Parliament
2015-12-10
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 9:32 AM
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 9:30 AM
  • Dave Levac, Former Speaker, Legislative Assembly of Ontario (As an Individual)
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 9:31 AM
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 9:34 AM
  • Evan Fox-Decent, Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University (As an Individual)
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 9:36 AM
  • The Honourable Ian Binnie
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 9:32 AM
  • The Honourable Dan Hays, P.C., former Speaker of the Senate (As an Individual)
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 9:30 AM
  • Richard Gordon, Barrister, Brick Court Chambers (As an Individual)
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 9:34 AM
  • Maxime St-Hilaire, Professor, Université de Sherbrooke, Université de Sherbrooke (As an Individual)
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 9:56 AM
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 9:31 AM
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 9:34 AM
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 9:33 AM
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 9:34 AM
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 9:33 AM
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 9:33 AM
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 9:32 AM
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 9:34 AM
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 6:46 PM
  • The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, P.C., M.P., Leader of the Government (House of Commons)
  • The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P., Minister (Democratic Institutions)
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