News and Events


The Parliamentary Centre’s Annual Report for 2016 is now available!

June 8, 2017

We invite you to learn more about our success stories this past year, which include helping to empower women in Indonesia to have their voices heard using an innovative SMS tool, accompanying the National Assembly of Burkina Faso during the development of its four-year Strategic Plan, supporting the peace process in Myanmar, and building parliamentary research capacity in Ukraine.


Visit of the delegation of Burkina Faso parliamentarians to Canada

May 26, 2017

The Speaker of the National Assembly of Burkina Faso will be in Canada from May 28 to June 6, 2017, accompanied by a delegation of six MPs, of which three are women.


Supporting democracy in Burkina Faso

May 5, 2017

The project “Supporting Democracy in Burkina Faso”, for which the Parliamentary Centre is the implementing agency, is focused on strengthening the National Assembly of Burkina Faso through a multi-faceted and targeted support for the 127 MPs and the parliamentary staff that assist them to perform their functions of representation, legislation and oversight in a more effective, transparent and responsible manner.


The Parliamentary Centre Supports the Peace Process in Myanmar

March 3, 2017

With the support of the DeFehr Foundation, the Parliamentary Centre and the Centre for Development and Ethnic Studies (CDES) from Myanmar joined forces in supporting the peace process. They implemented a Workshop on Peace and Governance from November 23-26 2016, in Yangon.


Workshops on Extractive Industries and the Role of Parliamentarians

February 15, 2017

The Parliamentary Centre implemented workshops in Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago on the role of parliament in the governance of the extractive sector.


Holiday wishes from the Parliamentary Centre

December 21, 2016


Colombia: How to build sustainable peace?

October 21, 2016

After the peace agreement was not ratified by the Colombians during the plebiscite on October 2nd, what’s left for peacebuilding in Colombia? This important and current issue will be discussed with our Colombian partner, Mr Juan Fernando Londoño.


A new voice for Indonesian women to deepen democracy

October 19, 2016

While many of us have acquired the right to express our opinions loudly, some, especially women, still struggle to be heard. The “Our Voice” project was all about using a technological innovation to break barriers by empowering Indonesian women to influence decisions that have a direct impact on their lives.


Professional Development Course on Taxation: 2017 Registration Now Open

October 10, 2016

This certified professional development course was developed in collaboration with the Centre for Governance and Public Management at one of Canada’s premiere universities, Carleton University.


Parliamentary Centre contributes to study on defence policy review

October 4, 2016

On September 21, 2016 – which also happened to be the International Day of Peace - the Parliamentary Centre was honoured to be called as a witness during the meeting of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence.


Thank you Mauril Belanger!

August 22, 2016

Canada has just lost one of the best parliamentarians in modern history. The Hon. Mauril Belanger gave our country his full commitment to the parliamentary system, his deep concern for his constituents, his support for people coming from abroad to give their children a prosperous and peaceful future in Canada.


Parliamentary Centre presents its 2014-2015 Annual Report

June 24, 2016

The Parliamentary Centre presents its Annual Report for 2014-2015. This report highlights some of the year’s achievements and examples of the Centre’s projects around the world.


Enhancing Legislative Drafting and Processes in the Parliament of Bhutan

June 3, 2015

International IDEA and the Parliamentary Centre, Canada, partnered to organize a training on Legislative Drafting and Legislative Process for the members and staff from the two chambers of the Parliament of Bhutan. It was held from 3rd to 11th of March in Thimphu, Bhutan. The training was supported by the Norwegian-funded project titled “Bhutan Parliamentary Support”.


Training on Parliament’s Role in the Budget Process in Burma

June 2, 2015

The Parliamentary Centre and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) will partner once again to support the needs of the Parliament of Burma by helping build the capacity of its legislators to play a stronger role in the development, approval and oversight of the Government’s budget.


Au revoir Senator Pierre Claude Nolin

May 8, 2015


“A Voice for Women to Deepen Indonesian Democracy” winner of international competition

April 29, 2015

The Parliamentary Centre is pleased to announce a successful first round of funding for a project that will use an SMS polling platform to help women's opinions and priorities to be better reflected in political decision making in Indonesia.


Parliamentary Centre presents its 2013-2014 Annual Report

April 8, 2015

The Parliamentary Centre officially presents its Annual Report for 2013-2014, which features an overview of one of the Parliamentary Centre's most successful programs to date - the African Parliamentary Strengthening Program (APSP) for Budget Oversight among other things.


A Voice for Women to Deepen Indonesian Democracy among 10 finalists!

February 20, 2015

"A Voice for Women to Deepen Indonesian Democracy” proposal by the Parliamentary Centre supported Women and Youth Development Institute (WYDII) has been announced as one of the 10 finalists of the Global Innovation Competition. We are keeping our fingers crossed that it will make it all the way!


Successful event for Women Parliamentarians in Burma

October 9, 2014

Parliamentary Centre and International IDEA organize successful knowledge exchange workshop for 30 women parliamentarians and parliamentary staff from Burma (Myanmar), Canada, Nepal and Cambodia on “Strategies for Women Legislators to Succeed”.


A new step in supporting the Parliament of Bhutan

August 29, 2014

During this fall of 2014, the Parliamentary Centre and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) will partner once again in supporting Bhutan’s democratic development. The two organisations will implement a project that will offer training on the legislative process and legislative drafting. In addition, two staff from the Bhutanese Parliament will have the opportunity to participate in a fellowship exchange with another legislature. The project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway.


New Project to Strengthen Accountability in Zambia

August 21, 2014

The three-year project, which will be launched in September 2014, will help strengthen the capacity of the National Assembly of Zambia to perform its roles in formulating and approving the budget, as well as overseeing its implementation by the government. This will include support to ongoing national efforts to establish and strengthen a Parliamentary Budget Office and to support specific parliamentary committees in the execution of their oversight functions.


Parliamentary Centre moves to new offices

July 24, 2014

After many years on Albert Street, the Parliamentary Centre is happy we have moved to a new location.


Parliamentary Centre Visits Tax Court of Canada to meet Finnish Delegation

June 25, 2014

On Thursday June 12th, the Parliamentary Centre was invited to the Tax Court of Canada to meet with a delegation from Finland and present them with an overview of the Canadian Governance system.


Parliamentary Centre partners with IRI to host Kenyan Delegation

June 9, 2014

In collaboration with the International Republican Institute (IRI), the Parliamentary Centre hosted a Kenyan Delegation in Ottawa from June 2nd to June 6th, inviting them to participate in a professional development course on the Canadian experience with devolution, inclusive and responsive policy development, and the development of effective sub-national government association.


The Centre visits Colombia to witness the birth of the Centre for Higher Legislative Studies

May 29, 2014

The Congress of the Republic of Colombia is taking a very important step towards institutional building. This month, the Parliamentary Centre’s President & CEO Jean-Paul Ruszkowski was invited to witness an announcement by the Speaker of the Senate to create a Centre for Legislative Studies.


Parliamentary Centre forges new partnership with Carleton University

May 6, 2014

Taking their long-standing co-operation to another level, the Parliamentary Centre and the Centre for Governance and Public Management at Carleton University have signed an official agreement to partner in delivering professional development courses for parliamentarians and stakeholders interacting with parliaments, such as public officials, civil society groups and others from various countries around the world.


The Parliamentary Holds its 44th Annual General Meeting

April 8, 2014

For every organization, an AGM is a very important event.


Parliamentary Centre Hosts Twenty-Member Nigerian Delegation

April 8, 2014

From March 31-April 4, 2014, the Parliamentary Centre hosted a twenty-member parliamentary delegation from Nigeria, which included members from the Nigerian Senate, the Nigerian House of Representatives, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) of Nigeria and Federal High Court of Nigeria. The delegation took part in the second round of a certified Professional Development Training Course on the Canadian Tax System and its administration, offered by the Centre in collaboration with Carleton University’s Centre for Governance and Public Management.


Parliamentary Centre introduces new management team in Africa

February 4, 2014

The Parliamentary Centre has recently made some very important changes to our team in our Regional Africa office, based in Accra, Ghana. We are happy to present Ms. Gifty Adika as the Regional Director, Africa.


Project Steering Committee in Ghana reviews governance structure of five-year African program

January 29, 2014

On December 9th 2013, the Parliamentary Centre facilitated a project steering committee meeting in Accra, Ghana, as part of the Centre’s Africa Parliamentary Strengthening Program (APSP).


Parliaments and the Extractive Industry – Making the Link

January 6, 2014

Parliaments play a key role in ensuring that natural resources are managed in a sustainable way. Good governance of the extractive sector can increase national wealth, sustainable development and social stability.


The Parliamentary Centre supports the strengthening of the Parliament of Bhutan

December 17, 2013

On December 12, 2013, Honourable Members of the Bhutan National Council gathered with staff of the Council Secretariat for a two-day training programme on Legislative Research – a programme facilitated with the support of the Centre and in collaboration with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA).


Parliamentary Centre attends IPU meeting in Geneva

October 4, 2013

From October 10th to 12th, the Parliamentary Centre will travel to Geneva to attend a Parliamentary Development Practitioners meeting, hosted by the Inter-Parliamentary Union.


Parliamentary Centre welcomes Nigerian delegation

October 2, 2013

On Monday September 23rd, the Parliamentary Centre welcomed a parliamentary delegation from Nigeria to Ottawa, inviting them to engage and learn about the Canadian taxation system.


Parliamentary Centre celebrates 45th Anniversary

September 9, 2013

The Parliamentary Centre has been thriving for forty-five years. To mark this important milestone, we decided to have a cocktail event at the Rideau Club in Ottawa, inviting dozens of friends and partners to convene, network and share stories about parliamentary strengthening.


Parliamentary Centre Launches Round Two of African Parliamentary Index in Uganda

September 5, 2013

On August 16th, the summary report of the second round of the African Parliamentary Index (API) was officially launched in Uganda by the Deputy Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah.


Canadian Parliamentary Delegation Visits Burma

April 11, 2013

The Parliamentary Centre with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) facilitated a knowledge exchange visit by a 14-member Canadian parliamentary delegation to Burma from February 15 until February 22, 2013. This delegation, headed by Parliamentary Secretary Deepak Obhrai, was composed of Members of Parliament, veteran Conservative, NDP and Liberal political strategists, representatives of the staff of the House of Commons and the Senate, a member from the Auditor General’s Office, as well as members of the Parliamentary Centre.


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