41st Parliament, 1st Session
June 2, 2011 -
About this Committee
Like the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs and the Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, the Standing Committee on Official Languages does not have a specific department whose statute law, programs, policies, planned expenditures or other activities it is assigned to study, as stipulated in House of Commons Standing Order 108(2).
According to Standing Order 108(3)(f), the mandate of the Official Languages Committee:
[…] shall include, among other matters, the review of and report on official languages policies and programs, including Reports of the Commissioner of Official Languages, which shall be deemed permanently referred to the Committee immediately after they are laid upon the Table;
Moreover, Section 88 of the Official Languages Act stipulates that:
The administration of this Act, any regulations and directives made under this Act and the reports of the Commissioner, the President of the Treasury Board and the Minister of Canadian Heritage made under this Act shall be reviewed on a permanent basis by such committee of the Senate, of the House of Commons or of both Houses of Parliament as may be designated or established for that purpose.
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages currently has this mandate, and the reports of the Commissioner of Official Languages are automatically sent to it after they are presented to the Speaker of the House and the Speaker of the Senate, pursuant to section 69 of the Act.
Detailed information on the role and powers of House of Commons committees can be found in the Compendium of House of Commons Procedure and in Chapter XIII of the Standing Orders of the House of Commons.