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Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (CHPC)
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40th Parliament, 3rd Session
March 3, 2010 - March 26, 2011

About this Committee


The House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (“the Committee”) was created on 25 January 1994, during the reorganization of committees. This reorganisation followed the two departmental reorganizations that were carried out in 1993.

The Committee studies and reports on matters referred to it by the House of Commons or on topics the Committee itself chooses to examine. It is a permanent committee established by the Standing Orders of the House.

The power of the Committee to examine any matter referred to it by the House is found in Standing Order 108(1). The Committee can report to the House, send for persons or records, and delegate its powers to subcommittees. It can sit whether the House is sitting or adjourned and may sit jointly with other standing committees.

Under Standing Order 108(2), the Committee also has the power to study and report on the policies, programs and legislation of the department and agencies assigned to it, as well as other matters relating to the mandate, management, organization or operation of the department and agencies, as the committee deems fit. This includes examining the estimates documents and assessing the success and effectiveness of a wide range of organizations, programs and policies. Key examples are:

A comprehensive list of organizations, programs and policies administered through the Department of Canadian Heritage and which the Committee may study can be found on the Department's Web site.