Parliamentary associations are international associations of parliamentarians, the Canadian membership of which is made up of Senators and Members of the House of Commons. They are forums for the exchange of ideas and information and for the sharing of knowledge and experience through person-to-person contact. The main activities of these associations include exchanges, conferences and seminars with parliamentarians from other countries on various subjects of mutual interest.
The Canadian Parliament is a participant in 12 international parliamentary associations. These include five bilateral associations:
And seven multilateral associations:
Each association, operating under an established constitution, elects a number of parliamentarians from its membership to form an executive committee.
The Joint Interparliamentary Council (JIC), which operates under the authority of the Speakers of the Senate and the House of Commons, is responsible for determining all budgetary and administrative matters relating to parliamentary associations. Each association must submit an annual budget and detailed work plan. The JIC apportions funds to the associations on the basis of their budget submissions from the total funds allocated by Parliament.
For more information see the International and Interparliamentary Affairs website.