Participation in Committees

A legislative committee is a small working group of MPPs responsible for detailed consideration of any matter that it is authorized to review. In the course of its work, a committee may hold public hearings, where citizens from across Ontario have the opportunity to comment on or provide evidence relating to the matter under review.

The three most common ways in which individuals or organizations can engage in the committee process are by appearing as a committee witness, submitting written material to a committee, or attending committee hearings.

Appearing as a committee witness

Organizations and individuals who wish to speak before a legislative committee must start by registering with the clerk of the committee. You can find contact information for the committee clerk, plus locations, dates, and deadlines for upcoming public meetings, on each committee's Notice of Hearings page. (Select the committee from the Current Committees list, then click on the Notice of Hearings tab.)

You may also contact our office at:

Procedural Services Branch
99 Wellesley Street West
Room 1405, Whitney Block
Toronto, ON  M7A 1A2

Telephone:  416-325-3500
Fax:  416-325-3505
TTY:  416-325-3538
Collect calls are accepted.

When you register, you will be asked for the following information:

  • Contact name
  • Organization name
  • Presenters' names and titles
  • Address, contact phone numbers, and email
  • Bill name or number, or issue that presenters wish to speak about

Procedural Services Branch facilitates the organization of hearings, based on direction from committee members. Organizations and individuals selected to present before the committee will be contacted by the clerk of the committee.

When you arrive at the committee room, you must introduce yourself to the clerk of the committee to confirm attendance. Any documents or materials for distribution to the members of the committee should be given to the clerk before you make your presentation.

Please be aware that your submission will form part of the official public record of the committee. Your name and testimony will be published in the committee’s Hansard transcripts, the electronic version of which will be posted on the Internet. Your presentation may be recorded on video for broadcast on the Legislative Assembly’s television service, which will also be made available on the Internet.