40th Parliament, 3rd Session
March 3, 2010 -
March 26, 2011
About this Committee
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (“the Committee”) studies and reports on matters referred to it by the House of Commons, or on topics the Committee itself chooses to examine. It is a permanent committee established by the Standing Orders of the House of Commons. Legislation, departmental activities and spending, and other matters related to the general subject matter of the Committee may be referred to it from time to time. On December 14, 2004, the House of Commons concurred in the 20th report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, which established the Committee’s mandate.
Under Standing Order 108(1), standing committees can examine any matters referred to them by the House of Commons or as required in legislation. They can report to the House, send for persons or records, and may delegate their powers to subcommittees. They can sit whether the House is sitting or adjourned, and may sit jointly with other standing committees.
The Committee studies matters related to reports of the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, pursuant to the Conflict of Interest Act, and the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying Canada. The Committee’s mandate is set out in section 108(3)(h) of the Standing Orders.