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By-Laws and Policies

By-Laws under the Parliament of Canada Act

The By-laws regulate the use of the funds, goods, services and premises made available to Members of the House of Commons for carrying out their parliamentary functions. They are legally binding on Members and they take precedence over any administrative manual or general policy decision. The following by-laws were enacted by the BOIE pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act.

Members By-Law Committees By-Law Governance and Administration By-Law Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Board of Internal Economy

Consult the By-Laws of the Board of Internal Economy Frequently Asked Questions.


Members' Allowances and Services

The Members' Allowances and Services Manual is a comprehensive guide to the Board's policies related to budgets, allowances and entitlements for Members, House Officers and Research Offices.

This manual, written for use by Members and their staff, should be read in conjunction with the Members By-law, established by the Board under the authority of the Parliament of Canada Act.

Members’ Allowances and Services Manual

This manual is updated regularly to reflect the decisions of the Board.

Consult the Members' Allowances and Services Manual Frequently Asked Questions.


Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Policy

During the 43rd Parliament, the Board adopted the Members of the House of Commons Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Policy, which applies to Members and House Officers as employers, to their employees, and to Research Office employees. The policy addresses harassment and violence prevention, processes for resolving reported occurrences and for filing complaints, as well as investigating and reporting requirements. The Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, in its 38th report, recommended to add the Code of Conduct for Members of the House of Commons: Sexual Harassment as an appendix to the House Standing Orders, which came into effect at the start of the 42nd Parliament. This code ensures the commitment of Members of the House of Commons in creating an environment free of sexual harassment so that they can excel in their public duties and functions.

Workplace Policy on Harassment and Violence Prevention Latest Annual Report

Past Reports

Legal Fees Policy

If a legal issue arises while Members are carrying out their parliamentary functions, the Office of the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel may, in certain situations, refer Members to outside counsel for representation. In such cases, Members may ask the Board of Internal Economy to reimburse their legal fees.

In order to ensure that the process and procedures for the reimbursement of legal fees are widely understood, and to provide additional measures to ensure a harassment and violence-free workplace for employees and Members, the Board approved and adopted the Legal Fees Policy on March 1, 2018. It was amended on January 28, 2021.

Legal Fees Policy Latest disclosure under the Legal Fees Policy