Chamber Business
House of Commons

1. What is “Today in the House”?

The “Today in the House” portal provides the parliamentary community and the public with centralized access to information about the House of Commons’ daily business and activities.

2. What items are available on the Web site?

The most recent publication of the Projected Order of Business is available on the home page of the Web site.

The Debates (Hansard), the Journals and the Status of House Business publications are available from the 1st Session of the 35th Parliament to the present.

The Order Paper and Notice Paper publication is available for every sitting day since the opening of the 1st Session of the 39th Parliament. For all sessions of the 36th, 37th and 38th Parliaments, only the version of the Order Paper and Notice Paper published on the day of prorogation or dissolution is available.

Voting information is available from the 38th Parliament to the present.

The House of Commons calendar is available from 2006 to the most recently prepared calendars.

3. How can I view publications for any session/year?

From the “Today in the House” home page, begin by selecting a session. By default, the current session is selected. Past sessions can be selected by using the links at the bottom of the left-hand navigation menu under “Select a Session”. The currently selected session is always displayed in the upper-right corner of “Today in the House” pages.

Having selected a session, select a publication from the list of links available in the left-hand navigation menu under “Daily Publications”.

The Debates (Hansard), the Journals and the Order Paper and Notice Paper publications are accessed by means of a calendar. Open a publication by selecting a hyperlinked calendar day. If the selected session extends over more than one calendar year, use the tabs at the top of the calendar to select a specific year before selecting a specific publication date.

4. What hyperlinks appear in the publications?

The following information is hyperlinked:

  • The names of Members of Parliament include hyperlinks to the MP’s profile, federal political experience and voting history.
  • Bills include hyperlinks to LEGISinfo, recorded votes on the bill, and the Status of House Business publication.
  • House of Commons committees are linked to the corresponding page on the Committees Web site.
  • Reports presented by committees are linked to the full text of the report.

NOTE: Hyperlinks are not available in publications published prior to the 1st Session of the 39th Parliament (which began April 3, 2006).

5. What additional information is available in the Debates (Hansard) publication for each intervention by a Member of Parliament?

In the Debates (Hansard), whenever a Member of Parliament speaks, his/her name appears as a hyperlink. Clicking on the name of the individual MP will open an intervention card containing the following information and options:

  • MP Information: This includes the name of the MP, his/her photo, caucus, riding/constituency and province/territory, as well as links to the MP’s profile, federal political experience and voting history.
  • Video: The video version of the intervention is available by clicking the “View this Video” link. This brings users to the exact point in the proceedings where the intervention took place. The video player features standard online video controls, choice of audio streams (floor language, English or French), closed captioning (where available) and the option to view the video in full screen mode.
  • RSS Feed: Users can subscribe to a RSS feed for the individual MP. Subscription to a feed provides users with a notification every time the MP is recorded as having made an intervention in the Debates (Hansard) and Committee Evidence.
  • Social Networking Functions: Links to Facebook and Twitter allow users to share the intervention through their own social networking profiles.
  • XML: Users can use this link to access a XML version of the intervention that can be re-used and re-purposed on other Web sites or in other contexts.

NOTE: Some features (e.g., video) are not available in publications published prior to the 3rd Session of the 40th Parliament (which began March 3, 2010).

6. What options are available in the header control at the top of each publication?

  • Previous / Next: Opens the previous or next sitting day’s publication.
  • Journals: Opens the Journals for that sitting day.
  • Debates: Opens the Debates for that sitting day.
  • Order Paper and Notice Paper: Opens the Order Paper and Notice Paper for that sitting day.
  • Hide Hyperlinks: Deactivates hyperlinks within the publication.
  • One / Two Column View: Allows the user to switch between the unilingual and the bilingual version of the publication (Debates excepted).
  • Back to Calendar: Redirects the user to the publication calendar so that a different sitting day may be selected.
  • Print Format: Opens the publication in PDF format, allowing for more user-friendly printing of the whole document or sections thereof.
  • XML: Opens a XML version of the publication that can be re-used and re-purposed on other Web sites or in other contexts.

NOTE: Some features are not available in all publications, especially those published prior to the 1st Session of the 39th Parliament (which began April 3, 2006).

7. What types of days are indicated on the parliamentary calendar?

  • Sitting: A meeting of the House of Commons within a session. Although sitting days usually correspond to calendar days, a sitting may last for only a few minutes or may extend over several days.
  • Possible Extension of Sitting Hours: Days on which the hours of sitting may be extended, pursuant to the Standing Orders.
  • Adjournment Tabling: Days during an adjournment period when the government may deposit documents with the Clerk of the House.
  • Subject to Change: Sitting days between the last Monday in January and the Monday following Easter Monday for the upcoming calendar year are determined by the Speaker, in consultation with the House Leaders, by September 30th. These sitting days remain “subject to change” until they are officially determined.

For more information about the calendar, click the “About this Calendar” tab on the House of Commons Calendar page.

8. How can I search the Web site?

The site supports three kinds of searches:

  • The entire Parliament of Canada Web site can be searched using the Web site search engine located in the top right portion of the site’s navigation.
  • Keyword searches of the Debates, Journals and Committee Evidence can be performed using the Search and Browse tool. Click on “Search and Browse by Subject” tool in the left-hand navigation menu. For more specific information, see the “Search and Browse by Subject” tool FAQ and User Guide documents.

9. What is the difference between Graphics Mode and Text Mode?

In order to meet accessibility standards, the Web site can be viewed in two modes: Graphics Mode or Text Mode.

  • Graphics Mode: Though it has been designed for maximum accessibility, the site’s regular version may not meet all applicable accessibility standards. It uses flash windows, modified hyperlinks, and bilingual documents in a two-column format.
  • Text Mode: The text-based version of the site meets all applicable accessibility standards. It displays only text and uses no images or tables. Note that text mode cannot be accessed within the publications.

10. Can I change the text or font size on this Web site so that it is easier to read?

You can easily adjust the text size on this Web site to make it smaller or larger. Use the zoom/view features embedded in your browser.

11. Are there browser limitations for the Web site?

The Web site is designed to function in both Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 6.0 and up and Mozilla FireFox versions 1.0.4 and up. While this site will function in most other browsers, there may be some unanticipated difficulties.

12. Do I need special permission to reproduce any of the publications posted on the Parliament of Canada Web site?

Please refer to the Speaker’s Permission policy which governs the reproduction of parliamentary publications. It allows for the reproduction of content from publications with certain conditions.

The visitor should be aware that some of the material found on this site might be subject to copyright held by third parties.

It is the sole responsibility of the visitor to determine the copyright of the content and to obtain all necessary permissions.