Joint committees are composed of members of both the House of Commons and the Senate. Standing joint committees are permanent committees established pursuant to the Standing Orders of the House of Commons and the Rules of the Senate.
Standing Order 104(3) provides for two standing joint committees: one on the Library of Parliament and one for the Scrutiny of Regulations.
The Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament is charged with the review of the effectiveness, management and operation of the Library of Parliament, which serves both the House of Commons and the Senate. The mandate of this committee arises from s. 74(1) of the Parliament of Canada Act, which gives the direction and control of the Library to the Speakers of the House and Senate, with the stipulation that a joint committee be struck to assist them with the task.
The Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations is mandated to review and scrutinize regulations. The Committee’s mandate is set out in the Standing Orders as well as in the Statute Revision Act and the Statutory Instruments Act. At the beginning of each session, the Committee presents a report relating to its review of the regulatory process, proposing a more detailed mandate. When the report is concurred in, this proposed mandate then becomes an order of reference to the Committee for the remainder of the session.