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 S-222, An Act to establish and maintain a national registry of medical devices
2008-04-15
Bill S-223, An Act to amend the Non-smokers’ Health Act
2008-03-13
Bill C-37, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act
2008-03-04
Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 10:45 AM
  • Don Chapman, Representative (Lost Canadians Organization)
  • Mark Davidson, Director, Legislation and Program Policy (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Janet Dench, Executive Director (Canadian Council for Refugees)
  • Diane Finley, The Honourable, P.C., M.P., Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Donald Galloway, Professor, Faculty of Law (University of Victoria)
  • William Janzen, Director, Ottawa Office (Mennonite Central Committee Canada)
  • Melynda Jarratt, Historian (As an individual)
  • Karen Mosher, Director General, Citizenship Branch (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
Bill S-204, An Act respecting a National Philanthropy Day
2008-02-13
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 4:15 PM
  • Wayne Chiu, President and Chief Executive Officer (Trico Homes)
  • The Honourable Jerahmiel S. Grafstein, Senator, Sponsor of the Bill (Senate of Canada)
  • Grete Hale, President (Beechwood Cemetery Foundation)
  • Donald K. Johnson, Senior Advisor (BMO Capital Markets)
  • Don McCreesh, Chair (Imagine Canada)
  • Andrea McManus, Vice Chair (Association of Fundraising Professionals)
  • Luce Moreau, President and Chief Executive Officer (Fondation Centre de santé et de services sociaux Jeanne-Mance)
Examine issues relating to the federal government’s new Science and Technology (S&T) Strategy - Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage."
2007-11-29
Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 10:45 AM
Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 10:47 AM
  • Dr. Pierre Coulombe, President (National Research Council)
  • Richard Dicerni, Deputy Minister (Industry Canada)
  • Jean-Claude Gavrel, Associate Vice President (Networks of Centres of Excellence)
  • The Honourable Jim Prentice, P.C., M.P., Minister of Industry (Industry Canada)
  • Iain Stewart, Director General, Policy Branch (Industry Canada)
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 4:00 PM
  • Robert Best, Vice President, National Affairs Branch (Association of Universities and Colleges Canada)
  • Peter Brenders, President and Chief Executive Officer (BIOTECanada)
  • Pierre Chartrand, Acting President (Canadian Institutes of Health Research)
  • Suzanne Fortier, President (Natural Science and Engineering Research Council)
  • Eliot Phillipson, President and Chief Executive Officer (Canada Foundation for Innovation)
Bill S-220, An Act respecting a National Blood Donor Week
2007-11-27
Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 10:45 AM
  • Patrick Augustine, Native Council of Prince Edward Island (Nanegkam Housing Corporation)
  • Lynda Brown, President (Inuit Non-Profit Housing Corporation)
  • Lawrence Poirier, Manager (Kinew Housing)
  • David Seymour, President (National Aboriginal Housing Association)
Examine and report on current social issues pertaining to Canada's largest cities
2007-11-20
Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 11:44 AM
Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 10:45 AM
  • Avvy Go, Clinic Director (Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic)
  • Jean-Claude Icart, Representative (Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes)
  • David Ley, Department of Geography (University of British Columbia)
  • Sarah V. Wayland, Research Associate (Ontario Metropolis Centre)
Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 10:45 AM
  • Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best, Working Group on Housing (Federation of Canadian Municipalities)
  • Don Fairbairn, Consultant (City of Vancouver)
  • Sean Gadon, Director, Affordable Housing Office (City of Toronto)
Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 10:45 AM
  • Ken Battle, President (Caledon Institute of Social Policy)
  • Gina Browne, Professor of Nursing and Clinical Epidemiology (McMaster University)
  • Frances Lankin, President and Chief Executive Officer (United Way of Greater Toronto)
  • Armine Yalnizyan, Senior Economist (As an individual)
Thursday, February 7, 2008 at 10:45 AM
  • Marie-Paule Duquette, Executive Director (Montreal Diet Dispensary)
  • Michael Goldberg, Chair (First Call BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition)
  • Emily Noble, President (Canadian Teachers Federation)
  • Nicki Sims-Jones, Policy Consultant (Canadian Nurses Association)
Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 10:45 AM
  • John Richards, Professor, Public Policy Program (Simon Fraser University)
  • John Stapleton, Fellow (St. Christopher House, Toronto)
Thursday, December 6, 2007 at 10:47 AM
  • Tim Crooks, Executive Director (Phoenix Youth Programs)
  • Deborah Kraus, Housing Policy and Research Consultant (As an individual)
  • Rebekah Peters, Health Clinic Director (Saul Sair Health Centre)
  • Elizabeth Votta, Program Lead Reports and Analysis (Canadian Population Health Initiative)
Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 10:45 AM
  • Patrick Augustine, Native Council of Prince Edward Island (Nanegkam Housing Corporation)
  • Lynda Brown, President (Inuit Non-Profit Housing Corporation)
  • Lawrence Poirier, Manager (Kinew Housing)
  • David Seymour, President (National Aboriginal Housing Association)
Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at 4:10 PM
  • John Anderson, Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy (Canadian Co-operative Association)
  • Derek Ballantyne, Chief Executive Officer (Toronto Community Housing)
  • Sharon Chisholm, Executive Director (Canadian Housing and Renewal Association)
  • Nicholas Gazzard, Executive Director (Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada)
Examine and report on the impact of the multiple factors and conditions that contribute to the health of Canada’s population - known collectively as the social determinants of health
2007-11-20
Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 10:45 AM
  • Avvy Go, Clinic Director (Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic)
  • Jean-Claude Icart, Representative (Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes)
  • David Ley, Department of Geography (University of British Columbia)
  • Sarah V. Wayland, Research Associate (Ontario Metropolis Centre)
Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 10:45 AM
  • Ken Battle, President (Caledon Institute of Social Policy)
  • Gina Browne, Professor of Nursing and Clinical Epidemiology (McMaster University)
  • Frances Lankin, President and Chief Executive Officer (United Way of Greater Toronto)
  • Armine Yalnizyan, Senior Economist (As an individual)
Thursday, February 14, 2008 at 10:45 AM
  • Hon. Margaret Norrie McCain, Co-Chair, The Early Years Study (Council for Early Child Development)
  • Dr. Fraser Mustard, Founder, Council for Early Child Development (Founder's Network)
Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 12:50 PM
Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at 4:10 PM
  • John Anderson, Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy (Canadian Co-operative Association)
  • Derek Ballantyne, Chief Executive Officer (Toronto Community Housing)
  • Sharon Chisholm, Executive Director (Canadian Housing and Renewal Association)
  • Nicholas Gazzard, Executive Director (Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada)
The state of early learning and child care in Canada in view of the OECD report "Starting Strong II", released on September 21-22, 2006 and rating Canada last among 14 countries on spending on early learning and child care programs
2007-11-20
Thursday, February 14, 2008 at 10:45 AM
  • Hon. Margaret Norrie McCain, Co-Chair, The Early Years Study (Council for Early Child Development)
  • Dr. Fraser Mustard, Founder, Council for Early Child Development (Founder's Network)
The document entitled Proposed Regulations Amending the Citizenship Regulations (Adoption) and Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement, tabled in the Senate on Wednesday, November 14, 2007
2007-11-15
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