Guidelines for Virtual Presentations to Standing Committees
- Committee meetings will be broadcast (audio and video) on the Assembly website and YouTube (Room 255) and (Room 254). It will also appear in our broadcast archive thereafter.
- If you do not wish to appear on the broadcast, please consider providing a written submission instead.
Attending a Meeting
- As per the Sessional Order passed in the House on October 7, 2020 and further amended on December 3, 2020, all Public presentations to Bills at Standing Committees will take place virtually, as the building and the public galleries remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- All Standing Committee meetings of the Legislative Assembly will take place using Zoom Webinar.
- The Zoom meeting will be hosted by a Legislative Assembly Moderator who will be your primary contact for technical issues.
- The Zoom link will be sent via a calendar invitation around 5 p.m. on the day of the Committee meeting.
- As per our standard practice, the use of props, banners, displays, and clothing with inappropriate language or messages that could be construed as inflammatory will not be permitted.
Handouts and Briefs
- Everything you say during your presentation and the Q & A will be recorded and printed verbatim in the Hansard transcript of the meeting. This will be published on our website. As mentioned above, there will be an archived video of the meeting and your presentation available on our archive and YouTube.
- In order to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission through sharing documents and in an effort to reduce paper waste, please consider if a handout is absolutely necessary.
- If a handout is essential to your presentation, please ensure to email it to either Committees Branch at email@example.com, or to the Moderator of the Standing Committee you are attending as soon as you join the Zoom meeting.
Can I present by phone call?
- Yes. The Assembly has the capability for presenters to dial in to the Zoom meeting from a landline or cell phone to present to Committees.
Guide for Presenters
- A guide has been created for registered presenters on how to use Zoom and can be found here. Please refer to this for further information.
How Standing Committees Operate
Committees examine matters referred to them by the House, and must report their findings back to the House.
After receiving First and Second Reading, a Bill is referred to a Standing or Special Committee, or to a Committee of the Whole House for consideration. It is during this third stage, the Committee Stage, that the content of a Bill is reviewed in detail.
Citizens interested in making a public presentation relating to a particular Bill referred to a Standing Committee may register on a "presenters list" by contacting the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly.
Committees may also consider Annual Reports.