Parliament of Canada Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. P-1)

Act current to 2017-11-06 and last amended on 2017-10-06. Previous Versions

Group Insurance Plans

Marginal note:Eligibility if person not in receipt of allowance
  •  (1) If a person, having reached 50 years of age and having contributed or elected to contribute under the Members of Parliament Retiring Allowances Act as a member for at least six years, ceases to be a member of the Senate or the House of Commons and is not in receipt of an allowance by virtue of subsection 37.1(1) of that Act, the person is deemed to be in receipt of an allowance, other than a withdrawal allowance, under that Act for the purpose of being eligible to participate in the Public Service Health Care Plan, the Pensioners’ Dental Services Plan and the Public Service Management Insurance Plan established by the Treasury Board, on the same terms and conditions as apply to persons in receipt of an allowance, other than a withdrawal allowance, under that Act.

  • Marginal note:When provision ceases to apply

    (2) Subsection (1) ceases to apply if the person

    • (a) reaches 55 years of age;

    • (b) becomes entitled to receive a disability pension under the Canada Pension Plan or a provincial pension plan similar to it; or

    • (c) becomes a member of the Senate or the House of Commons.

  • Marginal note:Eligibility if person in receipt of disability allowance

    (3) A person who is entitled to and elects to receive a disability allowance under section 71.1 is deemed to be in receipt of an allowance, other than a withdrawal allowance, under the Members of Parliament Retiring Allowances Act for the purpose of being eligible to participate in the plans referred to in subsection (1), on the same terms and conditions as apply to persons in receipt of an allowance, other than a withdrawal allowance, under that Act.

  • 2004, c. 18, s. 1.

Financial Provisions

Marginal note:Payments out of C.R.F.
  •  (1) There is hereby granted to Her Majesty, out of any unappropriated moneys forming part of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, an annual sum sufficient to enable Her Majesty to pay the amount of the sessional allowances of members of Parliament.

  • Marginal note:Salary of Parliamentary Secretaries

    (2) The salary of a Parliamentary Secretary under this Act shall be paid out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

  • Marginal note:Payments out of C.R.F.

    (3) The sessional allowances payable under subsection 55(10), any supplementary severance allowance payable under subsection 70(6) and any disability allowance payable under section 71.1 shall be paid out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

  • R.S., 1985, c. P-1, s. 72;
  • 1998, c. 23, s. 8;
  • 2001, c. 20, s. 12.

PART VGeneral

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Library of Parliament

Marginal note:Books, etc., vested in Her Majesty

 All books, paintings, maps and other articles that are in the joint possession of the Senate and the House of Commons, including any additions to the collection of articles, are vested in Her Majesty, for the use of both Houses of Parliament, and shall be kept in a suitable portion of the Parliament buildings appropriated for that purpose.

  • R.S., c. L-7, s. 2.
Marginal note:Administration
  •  (1) The direction and control of the Library of Parliament and the officers, clerks and servants connected therewith is vested in the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Commons assisted, during each session, by a joint committee to be appointed by the two Houses.

  • Marginal note:Regulations

    (2) The Speakers of the two Houses of Parliament, assisted by the joint committee referred to in subsection (1), may, subject to the approval of the two Houses, make such orders and regulations for the government of the Library, and for the proper expenditure of moneys voted by Parliament for the purchase of books, maps or other articles to be deposited therein, as appear to them appropriate.

  • R.S., c. L-7, ss. 3, 4.
Marginal note:Parliamentary Librarian
  •  (1) The Governor in Council may, by commission under the Great Seal, appoint a Parliamentary Librarian to hold office during pleasure.

  • Marginal note:Rank and duties

    (2) The Parliamentary Librarian has the rank of a deputy head of a department of the Government of Canada and, subject to section 74, has the control and management of the Library.

  • Marginal note:Associate Parliamentary Librarian

    (3) The Governor in Council may, by commission under the Great Seal, appoint an Associate Parliamentary Librarian to hold office during pleasure who, in addition to any duties defined in respect of the office under section 78, shall execute and perform the duties and functions of Parliamentary Librarian during the absence, illness or other incapacity of the Parliamentary Librarian or during a vacancy in the office of Parliamentary Librarian.

  • Marginal note:Other officers and employees

    (4) The officers, other than the Parliamentary Librarian and the Associate Parliamentary Librarian, and the clerks and servants who are authorized by law and required for the service of the Library may be appointed in the manner prescribed by law to hold office during pleasure.

  • R.S., 1985, c. P-1, s. 75;
  • 2006, c. 9, s. 114;
  • 2017, c. 20, s. 126.
Marginal note:Parliamentary Poet Laureate
  •  (1) There is hereby established the position of Parliamentary Poet Laureate, the holder of which is an officer of the Library of Parliament.

  • Marginal note:Selection

    (2) The Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Commons, acting together, shall select the Parliamentary Poet Laureate from a list of three names submitted in confidence by a committee chaired by the Parliamentary Librarian and also composed of the Librarian and Archivist of Canada, the Commissioner of Official Languages for Canada and the Chair of the Canada Council.

  • Marginal note:Term

    (3) The Parliamentary Poet Laureate holds office for a term not exceeding two years, at the pleasure of the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Commons acting together.

  • Marginal note:Roles and responsibilities

    (4) The Parliamentary Poet Laureate may

    • (a) write poetry, especially for use in Parliament on occasions of state;

    • (b) sponsor poetry readings;

    • (c) give advice to the Parliamentary Librarian regarding the collection of the Library and acquisitions to enrich its cultural holdings; and

    • (d) perform such other related duties as are requested by either Speaker or the Parliamentary Librarian.

  • 2001, c. 36, s. 1;
  • 2004, c. 11, s. 35.
 
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