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

Act current to 2014-04-02 and last amended on 2013-12-12. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Clerk is Secretary

 The Clerk of the House of Commons is the Secretary to the Board.

  • R.S., 1985, c. P-1, s. 51;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 42 (1st Supp.), s. 2;
  • 1991, c. 20, s. 2.
Marginal note:Quorum
  •  (1) Five members of the Board, of whom one shall be the Speaker, constitute a quorum.

  • Marginal note:Death, disability or absence of Speaker

    (2) In the event of the death, disability or absence of the Speaker, five members of the Board, of whom one shall be a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada appointed under subsection 50(2), constitute a quorum. The members present shall designate a member from among themselves to chair the meeting.

  • R.S., 1985, c. P-1, s. 52;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 42 (1st Supp.), s. 2;
  • 1991, c. 20, s. 2;
  • 1997, c. 32, s. 2.
Marginal note:Emergencies
  •  (1) Where the Speaker deems that there is an emergency, the Speaker may exercise any power of the Board.

  • Marginal note:Report of decision

    (2) The Speaker shall report to the Board any decision made under subsection (1) at the meeting of the Board immediately following the decision.

  • 1991, c. 20, s. 2.

Functions of Board

Marginal note:Capacity
  •  (1) In exercising the powers and carrying out the functions conferred upon it pursuant to this Act, the Board has the capacity of a natural person and may

    • (a) enter into contracts, memoranda of understanding or other arrangements in the name of the House of Commons or in the name of the Board; and

    • (b) do all such things as are necessary or incidental to the exercising of its powers or the carrying out of its functions.

  • Marginal note:Immunity

    (2) Where a member of the Board participates in the exercise of the powers or the carrying out of the functions of the Board, the member shall not be held personally liable for the actions of the Board.

  • 1991, c. 20, s. 2.
Marginal note:Function of Board

 The Board shall act on all financial and administrative matters respecting

  • (a) the House of Commons, its premises, its services and its staff; and

  • (b) the members of the House of Commons.

  • 1991, c. 20, s. 2.
Marginal note:Estimate to be prepared
  •  (1) Prior to each fiscal year the Board shall cause to be prepared an estimate of the sums that will be required to be provided by Parliament for the payment of the charges and expenses of the House of Commons and of the members thereof during the fiscal year.

  • Marginal note:Estimate to be included in government estimates and tabled

    (2) The estimate referred to in subsection (1) shall be transmitted by the Speaker 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.

  • 1991, c. 20, s. 2.