A petition is used to draw attention to an issue of public interest or concern and to request that action be taken. A public petition, signed by Canadian residents and addressed to the House of Commons, the Government of Canada, a Minister of the Crown, or a Member of the House of Commons, is one of the most direct means for people to communicate with Parliament. Two forms of public petitions are acceptable: paper petitions and electronic petitions.
Petitioners cannot directly petition the House of Commons. Only a Member of Parliament can present a petition to the House. The petitioners must send their petition to a Member with a request to present it.
Before a petition can be presented by a Member, it must be examined to confirm that it meets certain requirements established by the rules and practices of the House.
A petition can be presented to the House by a Member, either by presenting it during Routine Proceedings or by filing it with the Clerk of the House during a sitting.
The rules of the House require that the Government reply to a petition within 45 calendar days of its presentation. If such a petition remains without a response at the expiration of this time, a committee of the House, designated by the Member presenting the petition, is required to look into the Government’s failure to respond.
Clerk of Petitions
Private Members’ Business Office
Room 314-C, West Block
House of Commons