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-84, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (bestiality and animal fighting)
2019-05-30 Show Briefs
Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 10:30 AM
  • Camille Labchuk, Executive Director (Animal Justice)
  • Monique St. Germain, General Counsel (Canadian Centre for Child Protection)
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 4:15 PM
  • The Honourable David Lametti, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Barbara Cartwright, Chief Executive Officer (Humane Canada)
  • Dr. Alice Crook, Veterinarian and Adjunct Professor, Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island (Canadian Veterinary Medical Association)
  • François Daigle, Associate Deputy Minister (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Shawn Eccles, Senior Manager, Cruelty Investigations (British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
  • Carole Morency, Director General and Senior General Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
Bill C-83, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and another Act
2019-05-02 Show Briefs
Monday, May 27, 2019 at 4:11 PM
  • Luc Bisson, Acting Director General, Executive Secretariat and Chief of Staff (Correctional Service Canada)
  • Angela Arnet Connidis, Director General, Crime Prevention, Corrections and Criminal Justice Directorate (Public Safety Canada)
  • Juline Fresco, Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Marty Maltby, Acting Director General, Aboriginal Initiatives Directorate (Correctional Service Canada)
  • Lee Redpath, Executive Director, Structured Intervention Units (Correctional Service Canada)
  • Jennifer Wheatley, Assistant Commissioner, Health Services (Correctional Service Canada)
Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 10:31 AM
  • Luc Bisson, Acting Director General, Executive Secretariat and Chief of Staff (Correctional Service Canada)
  • Angela Arnet Connidis, Director General, Crime Prevention, Corrections and Criminal Justice Directorate (Public Safety Canada)
  • Juline Fresco, Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Marty Maltby, Acting Director General, Aboriginal Initiatives Directorate (Correctional Service Canada)
  • Lee Redpath, Executive Director, Structured Intervention Units (Correctional Service Canada)
  • Jennifer Wheatley, Assistant Commissioner, Health Services (Correctional Service Canada)
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 3:15 PM
  • Renee Acoby (As an Individual)
  • Glen Brown, Criminal Justice Instructor, Langara College (As an Individual)
  • Elana Finestone, Legal Counsel (Native Women's Association of Canada)
  • Jason Godin, Outgoing National President (Union of Canadian Correctional Officers-CSN)
  • Fiona Keith, Senior Counsel (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Marie-France Kingsley, Executive Director (Office of the Correctional Investigator)
  • Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Richard Sauvé, Facilitator (Breakaway)
  • Ivan Zinger, Correctional Investigator of Canada (Office of the Correctional Investigator)
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 10:30 AM
  • Catherine Latimer, Executive Director (John Howard Society of Canada)
  • Diana Majury, President (Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies)
  • Allan Manson, Professor Emeritus, , Queen's University (As an Individual)
  • Debra Parkes, Professor and Chair in Feminist Legal Studies, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia (As an Individual)
  • Josh Paterson, Executive Director (British Columbia Civil Liberties Association)
  • Michael Rosenberg, Counsel (Canadian Civil Liberties Association)
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 4:18 PM
  • The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Public Safety Canada)
  • Kelley Blanchette, Deputy Commissioner for Women (Correctional Service Canada)
  • Angela Connidis, Director General, Crime Prevention, Corrections and Criminal Justice Directorate (Public Safety Canada)
  • Juline Fresco, Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Anne Kelly, Commissioner (Correctional Service Canada)
  • Dan Moore, Counsel, Human Rights Law Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Alain Tousignant, Senior Deputy Commissioner (Correctional Service Canada)
  • Jennifer Wheatley, Assistant Commissioner, Health Services (Correctional Service Canada)
The subject matter of those elements contained in Divisions 15, 16, 18, 19 and 20 of Part 4, and in Subdivisions C, K and L of Division 9 of Part 4 of Bill C-97, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 19, 2019 and other measures
2019-05-02 Show Briefs
Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 10:31 AM
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 3:17 PM
  • David LeDrew, Senior Advisor, Capital Markets Division (Department of Finance Canada)
  • David K. Lee, Chief Regulatory Officer, Health Products and Food Branch (Health Canada)
  • Greg Loyst, Director General, Policy and Regulatory Strategies Directorate (Health Canada)
  • Robert Sample, Senior Director, Market Policy, Capital Markets Division (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Jason Stephen, President (Canadian Real Estate Association)
  • Garima Talwar Kapoor, Director, Policy and Research (Maytree Foundation)
  • Michel Tremblay, Senior Vice President, Policy and Innovation (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)
  • Mark Young, Director, Legal Services (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)
Monday, June 3, 2019 at 4:00 PM
  • Michèle Biss, Policy Director and Human Rights Lawyer (Canada Without Poverty)
  • Avvy Yao-Yao Go, Clinic Director, Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change)
  • Darlene O'Leary, Socio-economic Policy Analyst (Citizens for Public Justice)
  • Heather Sheehy, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Service Policy Branch (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Nora Spinks, President and CEO (Vanier Institute of the Family)
  • Hugues Vaillancourt, Senior Director, Social Development Policy Division, Social Policy Directorate, Strategic and Service Policy Branch (Employment and Social Development Canada )
Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 10:30 AM
  • The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
  • Raymond Kunze, Director General, Internal Audit and Accountability (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
  • Erika Sheridan, Superintendent and Director, Border Integrity (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Katarina Stephenson, Director, Social Immigration Policy and Programs (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 3:15 PM
  • The Honourable Bill Blair, P.C., M.P., Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction (Public Safety Canada)
  • André Baril, Senior Director, Refugee Affairs (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
  • Jean-Nicolas Beuze, Representative in Canada (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
  • Andrew Brouwer, Vice President (Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers)
  • Richard Neil Goldman, Member, Legal Affairs Committee (Canadian Council for Refugees)
  • Michael Huynh, Director of Professional Conduct (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council)
  • Dory Jade, Chief Executive Officer (Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants)
  • Jennifer Lutfallah, Director General, Enforcement and Intelligence Programs (Canada Border Services Agency)
  • John Murray, President and CEO (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council)
  • Robin Seligman, Barrister and Solicitor (Seligman Law)
  • Fraser Valentine, Director General, Refugee Affairs (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
Bill C-81, An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada
2019-03-21 Show Briefs
Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 10:30 AM
  • Benoît Gendron, Director, Accessibility Secretariat (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Erik Lapalme, Senior Policy Analyst, Accessibility Secretariat (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • James Van Raalte, Director General, Accessibility Secretariat (Employment and Social Development Canada )
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 4:24 PM
  • Frank Folino, President (Canadian Association of the Deaf)
  • Donna Jodhan, President (Barrier Free Canada)
  • Seema Lamba, Acting Coordinator, Programs Section (Public Service Alliance of Canada)
  • The Honourable David Onley, Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (As an Individual)
  • Christopher T. Sutton, National Executive Director (Canadian Hard of Hearing Association)
  • Rosalie Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto (AGE-WELL)
Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 10:30 AM
  • Zinnia Batliwalla, National Manager, Government Relations and Advocacy (March of Dimes Canada)
  • Neil Belanger, Executive Director (British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society)
  • Diane Bergeron, Vice President, Engagement and International Affairs (Canadian National Institute for the Blind)
  • Barbara Collier, Executive Director (Communication Disabilities Access Canada)
  • Camille Desforges, Deputy Executive Director (Confédération des organismes de personnes handicapées du Québec)
  • David Lepofsky, Chair (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance)
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 4:15 PM
  • Bill Adair, Executive Director (Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance)
  • Catherine Ebbs, Chairperson (Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board)
  • Steven Estey, Government and Community Relations Officer (Council of Canadians with Disabilities)
  • Kerri Joffe, Staff Lawyer (ARCH Disability Law Centre)
  • Christianne Laizner, Vice-Chairperson, Telecommunications (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission)
  • Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Keith Smith, Acting Director General, Policy and Communications (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Scott Streiner, Chair and Chief Executive Officer (Canadian Transportation Agency)
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 4:32 PM
  • The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
  • Benoît Gendron, Director, Accessibility Secretariat (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Erik Lapalme, Senior Policy Analyst, Accessibility Secretariat (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • James Van Raalte, Director General, Accessibility Secretariat (Employment and Social Development Canada )
Government response to the twenty-fourth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, entitled "The Federal Role in Social Finance Fund"
2019-02-25
Government response to the twenty-seventh report of the Standing Senate Committtee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, entitled "The Shame is Ours: Forced Adoptions of the Babies of Unmarried Mothers in Post-war Canada"
2019-02-22
Government response to the twenty-sixth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, entitled "Breaking Down Barriers: A critical analysis of the Disability Tax Credit and Registered Disability Savings Plan"
2019-02-21
Bill C-376, An Act to designate the month of April as Sikh Heritage Month
2018-12-05
Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 10:32 AM
  • Sukh Dhaliwal, Member of Parliament for Surrey-Newton, sponsor of the bill
  • The Honourable Senator Sabi Marwah, Senator
Bill S-247, An Act to establish International Mother Language Day
2018-12-05
Bill S-249, An Act respecting the development of a national strategy for the prevention of domestic violence
2018-11-29
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