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

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 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;
  • 2017, c. 20, s. 127.
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.

Parliamentary Budget Officer

Marginal note:Purpose

 Sections 79.1 to 79.5 provide for an independent and non-partisan Parliamentary Budget Officer to support Parliament by providing analysis, including analysis of macro-economic and fiscal policy, for the purposes of raising the quality of parliamentary debate and promoting greater budget transparency and accountability.

  • 2017, c. 20, s. 128.
Marginal note:Appointment
  •  (1) The Governor in Council shall, by commission under the Great Seal, appoint a Parliamentary Budget Officer after consultation with the following persons and after approval of the appointment by resolution of the Senate and House of Commons:

    • (a) the persons referred to in paragraphs 62(a) and (b) and the leader of every caucus and of every recognized group in the Senate; and

    • (b) the leader of every recognized party in the House of Commons.

  • Marginal note:Experience and expertise

    (1.1) The Parliamentary Budget Officer shall have demonstrated experience and expertise in federal or provincial budgeting.

  • Marginal note:Tenure

    (2) The Parliamentary Budget Officer holds office during good behaviour for a term of seven years but may be removed for cause by the Governor in Council on address of the Senate and House of Commons.

  • Marginal note:Reappointment

    (3) The Parliamentary Budget Officer may be reappointed for one or more terms of up to seven years each. However, the Parliamentary Budget Officer shall serve no more than 14 years in office in total.

  • Marginal note:Interim appointment

    (4) In the event of the absence or incapacity of the Parliamentary Budget Officer, or if that office is vacant, the Governor in Council may appoint any person to hold that office in the interim for a term not exceeding six months, and that person shall, while holding office, be paid the remuneration and expenses that may be fixed by the Governor in Council.

  • Marginal note:Remuneration and expenses

    (5) The Parliamentary Budget Officer shall be paid the remuneration and expenses fixed by the Governor in Council.

  • 2006, c. 9, s. 116;
  • 2017, c. 20, s. 128.
Marginal note:Deputy head
  •  (1) The Parliamentary Budget Officer has the rank of a deputy head of a department of the Goverment of Canada and has the control and management of the office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer.

  • Marginal note:Powers to contract

    (2) The Parliamentary Budget Officer may, in carrying out the work of the office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer, enter into contracts, memoranda of understanding or other arrangements.

  • Marginal note:Staff

    (3) The Parliamentary Budget Officer may employ any officers and employees and may engage the services of any agents and mandataries, advisers and consultants that the Parliamentary Budget Officer considers necessary for the proper conduct of the work of the office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer.

  • Marginal note:Technical assistance

    (4) The Parliamentary Budget Officer may engage on a temporary basis the services of persons having technical or specialized knowledge necessary for the proper conduct of the work of the office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer.

  • Marginal note:Authorization

    (5) The Parliamentary Budget Officer may, subject to the conditions that he or she sets, authorize any person to exercise any powers under subsections (2) to (4) on behalf of the Parliamentary Budget Officer that he or she may determine.

  • Marginal note:Salaries

    (6) The salaries of the officers and employees of the office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer shall be fixed according to the scale provided by law.

  • Marginal note:Payment

    (7) The salaries of the officers and employees of the office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer, and any casual expenses connected with the office, shall be paid out of moneys provided by Parliament for that purpose.

  • Marginal note:Estimate to be prepared

    (8) Before each fiscal year, the Parliamentary Budget Officer shall cause to be prepared an estimate of the sums that will be required to pay the charges and expenses of the office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer during the fiscal year.

  • Marginal note:Inclusion in government estimates

    (9) The estimate referred to in subsection (8) shall be considered by the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Commons and then transmitted to the President of the Treasury Board, who shall lay it before the House of Commons with the estimates of the government for the fiscal year.

  • 2017, c. 20, s. 128.
Marginal note:Cooperation

 The Parliamentary Budget Officer and the Parliamentary Librarian shall take all reasonable steps to cooperate with each other to avoid any unnecessary duplication of resources and services provided to parliamentary committees and members of the Senate and the House of Commons.

  • 2017, c. 20, s. 128.
Marginal note:Annual work plan
  •  (1) Before each fiscal year, the Parliamentary Budget Officer shall prepare an annual work plan for that year that includes

    • (a) criteria for the allocation of resources to the various functions within the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s mandate;

    • (b) a list of matters of particular significance relating to the nation’s finances or economy that, in the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s opinion after consultation with the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Commons, should be brought to the attention of the Senate and the House of Commons during the year; and

    • (c) a statement of the manner in which the Parliamentary Budget Officer intends to prioritize requests for his or her services from parliamentary committees and members of the Senate and the House of Commons.

  • Marginal note:Annual work plan updated

    (2) The Parliamentary Budget Officer may update the annual work plan as required during the fiscal year.

  • Marginal note:Tabling of annual work plan

    (3) After the annual work plan has been provided to the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Commons, they shall each table it in the House over which he or she presides.

  • 2017, c. 20, s. 128.
Marginal note:Mandate — Parliament not dissolved
  •  (1) During periods when Parliament is not dissolved, the Parliamentary Budget Officer

    • (a) may prepare reports containing the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s analysis of any of the following federal government documents:

      • (i) a budget tabled by or on behalf of the Minister of Finance,

      • (ii) an economic and fiscal update or statement issued by the Minister of Finance,

      • (iii) a fiscal sustainability report issued by the Minister of Finance,

      • (iv) the estimates of the government for a fiscal year;

    • (b) may prepare reports on matters of particular significance relating to the nation’s finances or economy that are listed in an annual work plan;

    • (c) shall, if requested to do so by any of the following committees, undertake research into and analysis of matters relating to the nation’s finances or economy:

      • (i) the Standing Committee on National Finance of the Senate or, if there is not a Standing Committee on National Finance, the appropriate committee of the Senate,

      • (ii) the Standing Committee on Finance of the House of Commons or, if there is not a Standing Committee on Finance, the appropriate committee of the House of Commons,

      • (iii) the Standing Committee on Public Accounts of the House of Commons or, if there is not a Standing Committee on Public Accounts, the appropriate committee of the House of Commons,

      • (iv) the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates of the House of Commons or, if there is not a Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates, the appropriate committee of the House of Commons;

    • (d) shall, if requested to do so by a committee of the Senate or of the House of Commons, or a committee of both Houses, that is mandated to consider the estimates of the government, undertake research into and analysis of those estimates;

    • (e) shall, if requested to do so by a committee of the Senate or of the House of Commons, or a committee of both Houses, estimate the financial cost of any proposal that relates to a matter over which Parliament has jurisdiction; and

    • (f) shall, if requested to do so by a member of the Senate or of the House of Commons, estimate the financial cost of any proposal that relates to a matter over which Parliament has jurisdiction.

  • Marginal note:Reports to be tabled

    (2) The Parliamentary Budget Officer shall provide any report prepared under paragraph (1)(a) or (b) to the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Commons, who shall each table the report in the House over which he or she presides. The Parliamentary Budget Officer shall make the report available to the public one business day after the day on which the report is provided to the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Commons.

  • Marginal note:Request by committee

    (3) The Parliamentary Budget Officer shall provide a report containing the research and analysis or estimate requested by a committee under paragraph (1)(c), (d) or (e) to the chair of the committee that requested it. The Parliamentary Budget Officer shall make the report available to the public one business day after the day on which the report is provided to the chair of the committee that requested it.

  • Marginal note:Request by member

    (4) The Parliamentary Budget Officer shall provide a report containing the estimate requested under paragraph (1)(f) to the member of the Senate or of the House of Commons who requested it. The Parliamentary Budget Officer shall make the report available to the public one business day after the day on which the report is provided to the member.

  • Marginal note:If Parliament is dissolved

    (5) If Parliament is dissolved before a report is provided to the chair of the committee or to the member under subsection (3) or (4), the Parliamentary Budget Officer shall discontinue work on the request.

  • 2006, c. 9, s. 116;
  • 2017, c. 20, s. 128.
 
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