42nd Parliament, 1st Session (December 3, 2015 - September 11, 2019) Current Session

The mandate of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs (the “Committee”) is set out in section 108(3)(a) of the Standing Orders of the House of Commons. The Committee also acts as a striking committee for House standing committees under section 104 of the Standing Orders, and possesses the powers of examination and inquiry common to all standing committees under section 108(1)(a) of the Standing Orders.

Under its mandate, the Committee may review and report about the following matters:

  • the Standing Orders, procedure and practice in the House of Commons and its committees;
  • the election of members to the House of Commons, including reviewing and reporting on matters related to the Chief Electoral Officer, his or her appointment, and Elections Canada;
  • conflict of interest matters relating to Members of the House of Commons, including responsibility over the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons and the activities of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner that relate to the Code;
  • the Code of Conduct for Members of the House of Commons: Sexual Harassment;
  • the administration of the House and the provision of services and facilities to members, reporting in this case to the Speaker and the Board of Internal Economy;
  • the effectiveness, management and operation of all operations under the joint administration of both Houses of Parliament, except for the Library of Parliament;
  • the radio and television broadcasting of the House of Commons and its committees; and
  • Order in Council appointments made pursuant to Standing Order 110.

In addition to its mandate as outlined in the Standing Orders, the Committee is responsible for all matters related to referendums, possesses a role in the electoral boundaries readjustment process, and is the House of Commons committee to which questions of privilege are referred.