Parliamentary committee public consultations in British Columbia
As part of its consultation process, a parliamentary committee seeks public input on topics or questions contained in its terms of reference. Individuals, groups and organizations are all encouraged to provide their input. This can be done by writing to the committee (written submission), appearing as a witness at a public hearing, or by completing an online survey. Audio and video submissions are also accepted. By providing us with your own insights, observations and opinions, you are assisting the committee in making informed decisions
MAKE A WRITTEN, AUDIO, OR VIDEO SUBMISSION
Parliamentary committees may invite written, audio, or video submissions as part of a public consultation. Written submissions may be sent as attachments or as text comments through an online form on the parliamentary committee's website. They can also be sent by lettermail or fax. British Columbians can also have their voice heard by sending in audio or video submissions electronically through the submission form or by lettermail on a CDROM, DVD, or data storage key. Telephone submissions may also be accepted upon request. To make a written, audio, or video submission, you must include your name, email address, mailing address and telephone number, and, if applicable, your organization's name.
COMPLETE AN ON-LINE SURVEY
Some parliamentary committees may invite British Columbians to complete an online survey. A survey may ask participants to answer multiple choice questions, rank their priorities, or provide text comments. Survey questions may also be used to gather input on a discussion paper or proposal by a ministry or government organization. Online surveys are available via the committee's webpage, along with a form for required contact information.
PRESENT AT A PUBLIC HEARING
Parliamentary committees may hold public hearings to hear presentations by individuals and organizations on select issues or topics. Public hearings may be held in Victoria or other community locations. Video conference technology may also be used to reach additional communities. British Columbians are invited to attend the hearings or to register to make a brief presentation to the parliamentary committee. Advance registration is usually required to make a presentation. Generally, ten minutes are allotted for each presentation, followed by an additional five minutes for questions by committee members. PowerPoint presentations are not always possible, so please check in advance to ensure that the required technology is available. Public hearing proceedings are recorded and transcribed by Hansard Services. Following your presentation, a verbatim transcript and audio file of the meeting will be posted to the parliamentary committee's website.
The Parliamentary Committees Office of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia takes appropriate safeguards to protect an individual’s personal information collected during public consultation processes. In order to make a submission to a parliamentary committee, the submitter’s personal contact information is necessary for verification purposes. This personal contact information can only be viewed by Legislative Assembly staff, and is not shared with any third parties. Presentations made at public hearings are audio-recorded and transcribed. A publicly available transcript and audio file will be posted to the parliamentary committee website. The names of all participating organizations and individuals will be listed in the committee’s final report. The report is released at the conclusion of the committee inquiry and can be downloaded from the parliamentary committee website. Submissions to parliamentary committees are considered public documents and can be made available upon request to interested parties following the release of the final report. To protect privacy, the Parliamentary Committees Office removes an individual’s personal contact information prior to disclosing any submissions.
How to contact us
Parliamentary Committees Office
Room 224, Parliament Buildings
Victoria BC V8V 1X4