Governance: Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs—February 27, 2020

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Key messages

Roles and responsibilities

Governance for the Parliamentary Precinct is complex and involves:

The division of accountabilities between the legislative and executive without any bridging or integrating mechanisms at the political level is a significant challenge that is complicated further by the independence of the 2 Houses of Parliament, which fractures decision-making.

Challenges of the current model

The Canadian governance model is an anomaly. Internationally speaking, the Legislative Branch generally has full responsibility for operating and maintaining the buildings they occupy and delivering major projects.

The main governance challenges of the Canadian model are:

These challenges can lead to misaligned and/or conflicting priorities and competition among stakeholders. They can also lead to program risk, namely uncertainty in delivery, and the potential for delays and increased costs.

Governance and committees

The LTVP is implemented through a Parliamentary Precinct Integrated Governance Framework which provides a forum for the department and Parliamentary Partners (including Parliamentary Protective Service) to collaboratively provide direction and oversight. The Integrated Governance Framework was the result of extensive consultations with the Parliamentary Partners. Moving towards an ‘integrated’ model promoted greater collaboration and integration while expanding committee mandates to cover operations, business management, accommodations, LTVP, etc. The governance was also streamlined to improve decision making and stakeholder engagement; new management tools were also developed/implemented to standardize intake and measure the realization of expected outcomes.

Committee functions include reviewing and resolving outstanding project issues and risks, reviewing status reports, and developing and approving procurement strategies. Client requirements and scope modifications are formally submitted by the client to PSPC, who then works actively with the client to deliver plans according to their specifications. There are 3 levels of committees that currently form the Parliament Precinct Integrated Governance Framework. The approval process for key LTVP decisions begins at the director general (DG)-level committee and then at the assistant deputy minister (ADM)- and deputy minister (DM)-level committees, respectively.

Partners and Stakeholders

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PSPC works closely with the following Parliamentary Partners, as well as many other stakeholders who support informed decision making and the overall delivery of the LTVP for the Parliamentary Precinct.



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