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House of Commons

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theSenate

Openness and transparency

Information about access to parliamentary documents, parliament’s reporting to the public, parliament’s relation to Freedom of Information laws, and lobbying.

Parliamentary documents

The agendas of plenary meetings are published online in advance The agendas of plenary meetings are published online in advance.
The agendas of committee meetings are published online in advance The agendas of committee meetings are published online in advance.
Results of votes on draft legislation are published on the parliamentary web site Results of votes on draft legislation are published on the parliamentary web site.
Draft legislation is published on the parliamentary website Draft legislation is published on the parliamentary website.
Citizens can submit comments on draft legislation on the parliamentary web site

Annual reporting by parliament

Parliament publishes an annual report on its activities
The annual report is available on the parliamentary web site
Yes
Parliament publishes the parliamentary budget
Level of detail of the parliamentary budget made available to the public Level of detail of the parliamentary budget made available to the public: Only the total amount; A summary of the main elements; The complete budget
A summary of the main elements
The parliamentary budget is available on the parliamentary web site
Yes

Access to parliament

Plenary meetings are open to the public
Notes
Seating in the galleries is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors are required to go through security scanning stations before entering the galleries. They must conduct themselves with appropriate decorum.
Committee meetings are open to the public
Notes
In camera meetings are normally closed to everyone except members, committee staff and invited witnesses.
There is a dedicated channel for broadcasting parliamentary meetings A dedicated channel is one that is mainly about parliament, and is accessible free of charge to the general public. The channel might be owned by Parliament or a public or private company. Dedicated channels may be broadcast by parliament, government, or another broadcaster. They may be carried on television, radio or the Internet (webcasting).
Media used for the dedicated channel
TV
Webcast
Meetings broadcast on the dedicated channel
Plenary sittings
Committee meetings

Freedom of information

There is a freedom of information law in the country
Yes
Parliament is subject to the freedom of information law
Parliament has an office/division dedicated to FOI requests
No
Categories of Information that are exempt from disclosure Certain categories of information may be exempt from disclosure
The exceptions are set out in the Access to Information Act. They pertain mostly to individual privacy, commercial confidentiality, national security or other areas where confidentiality is necessary for policy-making.

Lobbying

There are rules about the activities of lobbyists in parliament
Source
The Lobbying Act governs lobbying at the federal level. In addition, the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct sets out ethical standards for lobbyists to follow in order to maintain public confidence in the government decision making.
There is a register of accredited lobbyists
The register of accredited lobbyists is available on the parliamentary web site
No