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

Act current to 2015-11-16 and last amended on 2015-10-27. Previous Versions


Marginal note:Estimates to be prepared and transmitted

 Before each fiscal year, the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Commons shall cause to be prepared an estimate of the sums that will be required to pay the expenditures of the Service during the fiscal year and shall transmit the estimate 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.

  • 2015, c. 36, s. 98.

Powers, Privileges, Rights and Immunities

Marginal note:For greater certainty

 For greater certainty, nothing in sections 79.51 to 79.57 shall be construed as limiting in any way the powers, privileges, rights and immunities of the Senate and the House of Commons and their members.

  • 2015, c. 36, s. 98.


Marginal note:Statutory Instruments Act

 For greater certainty, the designation referred to in the definition “parliamentary precinct” in section 79.51 is not a statutory instrument for the purposes of the Statutory Instruments Act.

  • 2015, c. 36, s. 98.

Offence and Punishment

Marginal note:Prohibited use of expression “Parliament Hill”
  •  (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in any Act of Parliament or regulation made thereunder, no person shall use the words “Parliament Hill” in combination

    • (a) to describe or designate a property, place, site or location in the National Capital Region described in the schedule to the National Capital Act other than the area of ground in the City of Ottawa bounded by Wellington Street, the Rideau Canal, the Ottawa River and Kent Street;

    • (b) to identify any goods, merchandise, wares or articles for commercial use or sale; or

    • (c) in association with a commercial establishment providing services.

  • Marginal note:Offence and punishment

    (2) Every person who contravenes subsection (1) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  • Marginal note:Construction

    (3) This section shall not be construed as limiting in any way the powers, privileges, rights and immunities of both Houses of Parliament and of their members.

  • R.S., 1985, c. P-1, s. 80;
  • 2001, c. 20, s. 13.

Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner

Marginal note:Appointment
  •  (1) The Governor in Council shall, by commission under the Great Seal, appoint a Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner after consultation with the leader of every recognized party in the House of Commons and approval of the appointment by resolution of that House.

  • Marginal note:Qualifications

    (2) In order to be appointed under subsection (1), a person must be

    • (a) a former judge of a superior court in Canada or of any other court whose members are appointed under an Act of the legislature of a province;

    • (b) a former member of a federal or provincial board, commission or tribunal who, in the opinion of the Governor in Council, has demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following:

      • (i) conflicts of interest,

      • (ii) financial arrangements,

      • (iii) professional regulation and discipline, or

      • (iv) ethics; or

    • (c) a former Senate Ethics Officer or former Ethics Commissioner.

  • Marginal note:Reappointment

    (3) The Commissioner is eligible to be reappointed for one or more terms of up to seven years each.

  • 2006, c. 9, s. 28.