For almost five decades, the Parliamentary Centre has helped support over 45 parliaments around the world. We realise that each legislature is unique. Our services are therefore designed to meet the individual needs of our clients and partners, taking into account historical, cultural and political distinctiveness. Each of our services is provided by a specialist with deep practical and theoretical knowledge in the specific area of expertise, and supported by a team of expert practitioners.
Assessment and Strategic planning
With a range of available performance-measurement tools, a wealth of in-house experts and contacts worldwide, the Centre is well equipped to help parliaments assess strengths and weaknesses, identify needs for skills and knowledge enhancement and create plans for better results.
The Centre delivers workshops, seminars and training to elected representatives in our various areas of expertise. These programs, available as local courses and distance learning, are tailored to the specific needs of the client to provide immediate and practical benefits to participants. The Centre also delivers a range of programs to support and build the capacity of professional staff of parliament, as well as to strengthen the organization and delivery of services.
The Centre can help parliaments build practical knowledge and skills through knowledge exchanges between legislators both at the national, regional and international level through study visits, round-table discussions and conferences. These knowledge exchanges are supported by our in-house experts, as well as by representatives from our network of current and former Member of Parliaments, parliamentary staff and public servants.
Research and publications
The Centre conducts research on a range of topics related to parliamentary performance and practices, and publishes briefing notes, handbooks and other practical tools and training material on important issues relevant to parliaments.
The Centre helps parliaments establish networks to promote mutual learning and parliamentary exchange on policy issues crucial to democratic governance.
Professional Development Courses
The Parliamentary Centre is able to offer a number of certified professional development courses in Ottawa, Canada that are tailored to meet the specific needs and interests of our clients and partners. These courses are offered in partnership with the Centre for Governance and Public Management at Carleton University, one of Canada’s premiere universities, for groups of Members of Parliament, parliamentary staff, government officials and other key stakeholders. Participants will receive a mixture of the latest academic knowledge and peer-to-peer engagements with their Canadian counterparts, highlighting best practices and practical tools to apply the knowledge gained in their local context.
The following courses are offered:
- Taxation in Resourced based Economies
- Sustainable Energy and the Role of Parliamentarians
- Communication, Outreach and Engagement Skills for Parliamentarians
*2017 Course Registration is now open – click here for more information.