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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-10, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts
TRCM 2021-06-29
Bill S-225, An Act to amend the Copyright Act (remuneration for journalistic works)
TRCM 2021-05-25 Show Briefs
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 6:31 PM
  • Kevin Chan, Director of Policy, Canada (Facebook)
  • Dr. Michael A. Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • Jamie Irving, Chair (News Media Canada)
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 6:33 PM
  • Erin Finlay, Partner, Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP (As an Individual)
  • Edward Greenspon, President and CEO, Public Policy Forum (As an Individual)
  • Mathew Ingram, Chief Digital Writer, Columbia Journalism Review (As an Individual)
  • Jason J. Kee, Government Affairs and Public Policy Counsel (Google Canada)
  • Jean-Hugues Roy, Journalist and Professor, School of Media, Université du Québec à Montréal (As an Individual)
  • Francis Sonier, President (Réseau Presse)
Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 6:31 PM
  • The Honourable Senator Claude Carignan, P.C., sponsor of the bill
Study matters relating to transport and communications generally, as described in rule 12-7(6)
TRCM 2021-03-30
Review and report on the formula for determining the allocations of caucus/groups and House Officers Budgets
SEBS 2020-12-03
Monday, March 29, 2021 at 6:31 PM
Friday, March 26, 2021 at 9:00 AM
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 6:33 PM
  • The Honourable Senator Jane Cordy, Leader (Progressive Senate Group)
  • The Honourable Senator Donald Neil Plett, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Conservative Party of Canada)
Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 9:00 AM
  • The Honourable Senator Marc Gold, P.C., Government Representative in the Senate (Government Representative Office)
  • The Honourable Senator Yuen Pau Woo, Facilitator (Independent Senators Group)
Friday, January 29, 2021 at 2:30 PM
Examine and report on financial matters, including proposed estimates and Senate policies
SEBS 2020-11-19
Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 11:35 AM
Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 9:01 AM
Friday, March 19, 2021 at 1:03 PM
  • Assia Billig, Chief Actuary (Office of the Chief Actuary)
  • Simon Crabtree, Executive Director, Pension Policy and Programs (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Deborah Elder, Senior Director, Pension Policy and Stakeholder Relations (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Laurence Frappier, Managing Director, Public Pension & Insurance Programs (Office of the Chief Actuary)
  • Nadine Labrie, Director, Financial Analysis Group (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • François Lemire, Director, Public Pensions (Office of the Chief Actuary)
Friday, January 29, 2021 at 2:30 PM
Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 10:40 AM
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
*Review and report on the formula for determining the allocations of caucus/groups and House Officers Budgets
SEBS 2020-09-23
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 9:03 AM
Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 9:15 AM
  • The Honourable Senator Donald Neil Plett, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Conservative Party of Canada)
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 9:04 AM
  • The Honourable Senator Jane Cordy, Leader (Progressive Senate Group)
  • The Honourable Senator Marc Gold, P.C., Government Representative in the Senate (Government Representative Office)
  • The Honourable Senator Raymonde Saint-Germain, Acting Facilitator (Independent Senators Group)
Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 9:06 AM
  • The Honourable Senator Percy E. Downe (As an Individual)
  • The Honourable Senator Scott Tannas, Leader (Canadian Senators Group)
*Examine and report on financial matters, including proposed estimates and Senate policies
SEBS 2020-09-23
Friday, November 20, 2020 at 12:01 PM
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 9:04 AM
  • The Honourable Senator Jane Cordy, Leader (Progressive Senate Group)
  • The Honourable Senator Marc Gold, P.C., Government Representative in the Senate (Government Representative Office)
  • The Honourable Senator Raymonde Saint-Germain, Acting Facilitator (Independent Senators Group)
Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 2:06 PM
Study and report on the program of work for the Long-Term Vision and Plan for the parliamentary precinct
LTVP 2020-11-19
Monday, June 14, 2021 at 11:04 AM
  • Steven MacKinnon M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement (As an Individual)
  • Rob Wright, Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 12:16 PM
  • Josée Labelle, Director, LTVP & Accommodation (Senate of Canada)
  • Caroline Morency, Director General, Property and Services Directorate (Senate of Canada)
Monday, March 29, 2021 at 11:03 AM
  • Tamara Dolan, Project Coordinator, Heritage and Curatorial Services (Senate of Canada)
  • Carl Dubé, Director General, LTVP, Project Management & Delivery, Parliament Precinct Program, Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
  • Josée Labelle, Director, LTVP & Accommodation (Senate of Canada)
  • Julie Lacroix, Director, Corporate Security Directorate (Senate of Canada)
  • Caroline Morency, Director General, Property and Services Directorate (Senate of Canada)
  • Rob Wright, Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
Monday, March 22, 2021 at 9:34 AM
  • Shirley Blumberg, Member, Architect (Centre Block Independent Design Review Panel)
  • Michael Brennan, Chief Executive Officer (Royal Architectural Institute of Canada)
  • Rocque Gameiro, Director General, Program, Portfolio and Relationship Management, Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
  • Jennifer Garrett, Director General, Centre Block Rehabilitation Program, Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
  • Josée Labelle, Director, LTVP & Accommodation (Senate of Canada)
  • Julie Lacroix, Director, Corporate Security Directorate (Senate of Canada)
  • Anya Lisowski, Director General, Strategic Engagement and Change Management Sector (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
  • Caroline Morency, Director General, Property and Services Directorate (Senate of Canada)
  • Peter Rugeirro, Design Principal (CENTRUS)
  • Rob Wright, Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
Monday, March 8, 2021 at 9:33 AM
  • Rocque Gameiro, Director General, Program, Portfolio and Relationship Management, Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
  • Josée Labelle, Director, LTVP & Accommodation (Senate of Canada)
  • Julie Lacroix, Director, Corporate Security Directorate (Senate of Canada)
  • Caroline Morency, Director General, Property and Services Directorate (Senate of Canada)
  • Rob Wright, Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 10:31 AM
  • Ceri Au, Manager, Creative and Digital Content, Senate Communications (Senate of Canada)
  • Jennifer Garrett, Director General, Centre Block Rehabilitation Program, Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
  • Josée Labelle, Director, LTVP & Accommodation (Senate of Canada)
  • Caroline Morency, Director General, Property and Services Directorate (Senate of Canada)
  • Rob Wright, Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM
  • Josée Labelle, Director, LTVP & Accommodation (Senate of Canada)
  • Caroline Morency, Director General, Property and Services Directorate (Senate of Canada)
Study and report on the program of work for the Long-Term Vision and Plan for the parliamentary precinct*
LTVP 2020-09-23
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 12:04 PM
  • Jennifer Garrett, Director General, Centre Block Rehabilitation Program, Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
  • Josée Labelle, Director, LTVP & Accommodation (Senate of Canada)
  • Caroline Morency, Director General, Property and Services Directorate (Senate of Canada)
  • Rob Wright, Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 12:07 PM
  • Jennifer Garrett, Director General, Centre Block Rehabilitation Program, Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
  • Josée Labelle, Director, LTVP & Accommodation (Senate of Canada)
  • Caroline Morency, Director General, Property and Services Directorate (Senate of Canada)
  • Duncan Retson, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
  • Rob Wright, Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
Examine and report on issues related to human resources in the Senate
HRRH 2020-11-19
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