Both the House of Commons and the Senate form Committees - primarily to review bills and suggest amendments before they become law. They also examine issues of national interest, policies, programs and departmental estimates. The evidence and reports of these committees provide insight into Canada's economy, society and history.
Locating Committee Documents
One way that Committee reports are referenced is by number. The numbering system consists of the number of the Parliament, the session number, and the meeting number.
For example: 35th Parliament, 2nd Session, meeting no. 56
The reports can also be found by title or by Committee name - in a variety of sources and a variety of formats:
Committee evidence and reports are now available on the Library of Parliament’s Canadian Parliamentary Historical Resources portal. This includes committee material from both the Senate and House of Commons, in French and English, from 1874 to 1993. The functionality for browsing and searching the new content is being finalized. Once the site update is completed, there will be an official launch of the new content, along with related communications products.