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  note  note
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
2021-06-01
Study matters relating to official languages, as stated in rule 12-7(3)
2021-03-30 Show Briefs
Monday, June 7, 2021 at 5:00 PM
  • The Honourable Mélanie Joly, P.C., M.P., Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (House of Commons)
  • Julie Boyer, Assistant Deputy Minister, Official Languages, Heritage and Regions (Canadian Heritage)
  • Isabelle Gervais, Assistant Commissioner (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Pascale Giguère, General Counsel (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Pierre Leduc, Assistant Commissioner (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Denis Racine, Director General, Official Languages (Canadian Heritage)
  • Raymond Théberge, Commissioner of Official Languages (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
Monday, May 31, 2021 at 5:00 PM
  • Linda Cardinal, Regional Director of the Americas, Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (As an Individual)
  • Stéphanie Chouinard, Professor, Department of Political Science, Royal Military College of Canada (As an Individual)
  • Alain Dupuis, Executive Director (Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada)
  • The Honourable Joan Fraser, Board Member and former senator (Quebec Community Groups Network)
  • The Honourable Marlene Jennings, P.C., President (Quebec Community Groups Network)
  • Jean Johnson, President (Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada)
  • François Larocque, Professor and Research Chair on Language Rights, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
Monday, April 19, 2021 at 5:03 PM
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