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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 S-216, An Act to enact the Modern Slavery Act and to amend the Customs Tariff
BANC 2021-03-30
Study matters relating to agriculture and forestry generally, as described in rule 12-7(10)
AGFO 2021-03-30
Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 9:00 AM
Study matters relating to banking, trade and commerce generally, as described in rule 12-7(8)
BANC 2021-03-30
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 6:30 PM
  • Bob Dugan, Chief Economist (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)
  • Greg Peterson, Assistant Chief Statistician, Economic Statistics Field (Statistics Canada)
Study matters relating to energy, environment and natural resources generally, as described in rule 12-7(12)
ENEV 2021-03-30
Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 9:00 AM
Study matters relating to federal estimates generally and other financial matters, as described in rule 12-7(5)
NFFN 2021-03-30
Study matters relating to fisheries and oceans generally, as stated in rule 12-7(11)
POFO 2021-03-30
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 9:00 AM
  • Roger Augustine, Regional Chief (New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island) (Assembly of First Nations)
  • George Ginnish, Chief (Eel Ground First Nation)
  • Darcy Gray, Chief (Listuguj First Nation)
  • Ross Perley, Chief (Tobique First Nation)
  • Paul Prosper, Regional Chief (Nova Scotia/Newfoundland) (Assembly of First Nations)
Study matters relating to foreign or Commonwealth relations generally, as described in rule 12-7(4)
AEFA 2021-03-30
Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 11:30 AM
Study matters relating to human rights generally, as stated in rule 12-7(14)
RIDR 2021-03-30
Monday, April 19, 2021 at 5:00 PM
  • The Honourable Salma Ataullahjan, Senator, Sponsor of the bill (Senate of Canada)
  • The Honourable Irwin Cotler, P.C., Chair (Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights)
  • The Honourable David Kilgour, P.C., Representative (International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China)
Study matters relating to legal and constitutional matters generally, as described in rule 12-7(7)
LCJC 2021-03-30
Study matters relating to national defence and security generally, including veterans affairs, as stated in rule 12-7(15)
SECD 2021-03-30
Monday, April 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM
  • Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre, Acting Chief of the Defence Staff (Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces)
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