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

Act current to 2016-06-06 and last amended on 2015-10-27. Previous Versions

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, the Associate Parliamentary Librarian and the Parliamentary Budget Officer, 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.
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.
Marginal note:Salaries of Librarians
  •  (1) Each of the Librarians appointed under subsections 75(1) and (3) shall receive such salary as that Librarian is by law authorized to receive.

  • Marginal note:Salaries of other officers and employees

    (2) The salaries of the officers, other than those referred to in subsection (1), and of the clerks and servants of the Library shall be fixed according to the scale provided by law.

  • R.S., c. L-7, s. 7.
Marginal note:Payment

 The salaries of the officers, clerks and servants of the Library of Parliament and any casual expenses connected therewith shall be paid out of moneys provided by Parliament for that purpose.

  • R.S., c. L-7, s. 8.
Marginal note:Duties of Librarians and staff

 The Parliamentary Librarian, the Associate Parliamentary Librarian, the Parliamentary Budget Officer and the other officers, clerks and servants of the Library are responsible for the faithful discharge of their official duties, as defined, subject to this Act, by regulations agreed on by the Speakers of the two Houses of Parliament and concurred in by the joint committee referred to in section 74.

  • R.S., 1985, c. P-1, s. 78;
  • 2006, c. 9, s. 115.
Marginal note:Stationery

 The supply of stationery required for the use of the Library shall be furnished by the Department of Public Works and Government Services and charged to the Houses of Parliament.

  • R.S., 1985, c. P-1, s. 79;
  • 1996, c. 16, s. 61.
 
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