43rd Parliament, 2nd Session (September 23, 2020 - August 15, 2021) Current Session

The Standing Orders of the House of Commons give all standing committees the mandate to exercise certain general powers. Standing Order 108(2) gives committees the power “to study and report on all matters relating to the mandate, management and operation of the department or departments of government which are assigned to them.” For a more detailed overview of parliamentary committees, please consult the Compendium of House of Commons Procedure.

The Standing Committee on Natural Resources may examine issues related to the four industrial sectors that constitute the mandate of the Department of Natural Resources (NRCan): the energy sector, the forest sector, the minerals and metals sector and the earth sciences sector. In addition to considering bills referred to it, the Committee focuses on expenditures and activities of the organizations that are part of the Natural Resources portfolio:

  • two boards that report to the Minister as required: the Northern Pipeline Agency (NPA) and the Energy Supplies Allocation Board (ESAB).