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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 Committee Order of Reference  note  note
Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying)
LCJC 2020-12-17 Show Briefs
Bill S-3, An Act to amend the Offshore Health and Safety Act
ENEV 2020-12-08
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 10:04 AM
Consider and report on issues relating to the nomination of its external members to the Senate
AOVS 2020-12-03
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 1:00 PM
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Consideration of matters relating to the Ethics and Conflict of Interest Code for Senators
CONF 2020-12-03
Bill S-2, An Act to amend the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act
AEFA 2020-12-02 Show Briefs
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 10:01 AM
  • Walter Dorn, Professor, Royal Military College of Canada (As an Individual)
  • Veronika Stromšíková, Director, Office of Strategy and Policy (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons)
Monday, December 14, 2020 at 10:01 AM
  • Sébastien Carrière, Executive Director, Non-proliferation and Disarmament Division (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Dan Costello, Assistant Deputy Minister, International Security and Political Affairs (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Dr. Heather Durham, Chair (Biological and Chemical Defence Review Committee)
  • Alison Grant, Director, Eastern Europe & Eurasia (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Andrew Halliday, Deputy National Coordinator, Canadian National Authority to the Chemical Weapons Convention (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Brendan Murphy, National Coordinator, Canadian National Authority to the Chemical Weapons Convention (Global Affairs Canada)
Study on the implementation and success of a federal framework on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by the Government of Canada
SOCI 2020-12-01
Examine and report on committee budget applications and make recommendations on the allocation and release of funds
BUDG 2020-11-19
Examine and report on financial matters, including proposed estimates and Senate policies
SEBS 2020-11-19
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 1:03 PM
Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 9:05 AM
  • Blair Armitage, Principal Clerk, Committees Directorate (Senate of Canada)
  • The Honourable Senator Patricia Bovey, Chair, Artwork & Heritage Advisory Working Group
  • Richard Denis, Interim Clerk of the Senate and Clerk of the Parliaments and Chief Legislative Services Officer (Senate of Canada)
  • Philippe Hallée, Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel (Senate of Canada)
  • Pierre Lanctôt, Chief Financial Officer, Finance and Procurement Directorate (Senate of Canada)
  • Jeremy LeBlanc, Acting Clerk Assistant and Director General (International and Interparliamentary Affairs)
  • Pascale Legault, Chief Corporate Services Officer (Senate of Canada)
  • Diane McCullagh, Chief Human Resources Officer (Senate of Canada)
  • Caroline Morency, Director General, Property and Services Directorate (Senate of Canada)
  • David Vatcher, Director, Information Services Directorate
Examine and report on issues of diversity in the Senate workforce
DVSC 2020-11-19
Monday, December 7, 2020 at 4:39 PM
Examine and report on issues related to human resources in the Senate
HRRH 2020-11-19
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