Important Notices

Important Notices

The SenCAPlus website is an extension of the Senate of Canada’s presence on the web. Visitors can also visit the Senate Portal for news and information on the Senate, its committees and Senators, as well as procedural and other references.

Site Management

The SenCAPlus website is managed by the Communications Directorate of the Senate of Canada.

Privacy Statement

The Senate of Canada is committed to providing a website that respects the privacy of visitors. This notice summarizes the privacy practices for Senate of Canada’s online activities.

The SenCAPlus website is not hosted on Senate of Canada servers. For information, please consult the terms of service and privacy policy of the third-party service provider Funio.

Privacy and the Internet

The nature of the Internet is such that web servers automatically collect certain information about a visit to a website, including the user’s Internet Protocol (IP) address. IP addresses are unique numbers assigned by Internet service providers (ISP) to all devices used to access the Internet. Web servers automatically log the IP addresses of visitors to their sites. The IP address, on its own, does not identify an individual. However, in certain circumstances, such as with the co-operation of an ISP for example, it could be used to identify an individual using the site.

In cases where services are provided by organizations other than the Senate of Canada, such as the SenCAPlus website, social media platforms and those of any applications visitors use to access them, IP addresses may be recorded by the web server of the third-party service provider.

Communicating with the Senate of Canada

If visitors communicate with the Senate of Canada, their personal information and any information they provide is used by the Senate of Canada in order to respond to their inquiry. The Senate of Canada does not use the information to create individual profiles. It also does not disclose the information to a third-party unless the inquiry relates to the third-party or a third-party needs to be consulted to provide the visitor with a response. Is recommended that visitors not send sensitive personal information, such as their Social Insurance Number or date of birth, through non-secure electronic means, including email. Information received and generated by the Senate is managed in accordance with Senate policies, guidelines and best practices on information management and information security.

Digital Markers (or “cookies”)

A digital marker is a computer file created by a visitor’s Web browser in order to remember certain pieces of information for a Web server to reference during the same or subsequent visits to the website. Examples of digital markers are “cookies” or HTML 5 web storage.

The SenCAPlus website is not hosted on Senate of Canada servers. During a visit to the SenCAPlus website, the visitor’s browser exchanges information with the third-party web server. Session and persistent digital markers facilitate this exchange by reminding the server which computer is making the request. For further information, please consult the privacy policy of the third-party service provider Funio.

Visitors may adjust their browser settings to reject digital markers, including cookies. However, this may affect their experience on the website.

Web Analytics

Web analytics is the collection, analysis, measurement, and reporting of data about Web traffic and visits for purposes of understanding and optimizing Web usage. Information in digital markers may be used for the purpose of Web analytics to remember visitors’ online interactions with the SenCAPlus website.

The SenCAPlus website is not hosted on Senate of Canada servers. During a visit to the website, the visitor’s browser exchanges information with the third-party Web server. Session and persistent digital markers facilitate this exchange by reminding the server which computer is making the request. For more information, please consult the privacy policy of the third-party service provider Funio.

Disabling Digital Markers

Visitors may adjust their browser settings to disable digital markers. However, this may affect their experience on the SenCAPlus website.

Third-Party Social Media

The Senate of Canada’s social media accounts — SlideShareTwitter and YouTube — are not hosted on Senate of Canada servers. Visitors who choose to interact with the Senate of Canada via social media should read the terms of service and privacy policies of these third-party service providers and those of any applications used to access them.

Personal information provided via social media may be collected to capture conversations (e.g. comments, “likes”, retweets) between visitors and the social accounts associated with the SenCAPlus website. It may be used to respond to inquiries, or for statistical, evaluation and reporting purposes. Comments posted that violate Canadian law will be deleted and disclosed to law enforcement authorities. Comments that violate our rules of engagement will also be deleted.

COPYRIGHTS: OWNERSHIP AND USAGE OF CONTENT PROVIDED ON THE SenCAPlus WEBSITE

Materials on the SenCAPlus website are produced and/or compiled by the Senate of Canada for the purpose of providing Canadians with access to the latest news, information and activities of the Senate and Senators on Parliament Hill and in the community.

The materials on this website are covered by the provisions of Copyright Act, its regulations and international agreements. Such provisions serve to identify the information source and, in specific instances, to prohibit reproduction of materials without written permission.

Third-Party Materials

Some of the content on SenCAPlus may be subject to the copyright of another party and protected under the Copyright Act, its regulations and international agreements. In such cases, details concerning copyright ownership are indicated on the relevant material(s) and some restrictions on the reproduction of materials or graphical elements may apply. It may, therefore, be necessary to seek permission from the rights holder prior to reproducing the material.

Non-Commercial Reproduction

Unless otherwise specified, material on the SenCAPlus website has been posted with the intent that it be readily available for personal and public non-commercial use and may be reproduced, in part or in whole and by any means, without charge or further permission from the Senate of Canada, provided that:

  • due diligence is exercised in ensuring the accuracy of the material reproduced;
  • the Senate of Canada be identified as the author, and the complete title be included (where available);
  • it is indicated that the reproduction is a copy of the version available on the SenCAPlus website;
  • the reproduction is not represented as an official version of the material reproduced, nor as having been made, in affiliation with or with the endorsement of the Senate of Canada or the Senator(s) concerned, if applicable; and
  • the material is not modified or presented in a way that would compromise its accuracy and integrity, or undermine the dignity of the Senate of Canada, its Committees or Senators.

Commercial Reproduction

Unless otherwise specified, reproduction of materials on the SenCAPlus website, in whole or in part, for the purposes of commercial redistribution is prohibited except with written permission from the Senate of Canada.

Through the permission granting process, the Senate of Canada helps ensure that individuals or organizations wishing to reproduce Senate of Canada materials for commercial purposes have access to the most accurate, up-to-date versions. To obtain permission to reproduce materials on this website for commercial purposes or to obtain additional information concerning copyright ownership and restrictions, please contact:

Senate of Canada

Communications Directorate

Parliament of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario 

Canada  K1A 0A4
Email: 
senca@sen.parl.gc.ca

Senate Committee Proceedings

For information regarding the reproduction of Senate committee proceedings, please consult the Senate of Canada’s Permission to Reproduce.

Social Media Materials

Images and videos available through the Senate of Canada’s Twitter, SlideShare and YouTube accounts are subject to Canadian copyright laws with all rights reserved, unless otherwise specified.

Reproduction of the Senate Emblem

The Senate Emblem—the official symbol of the Senate of Canada—cannot be reproduced, whether for commercial or non-commercial purposes.

Official Languages

The SenCAPlus website respects the Official Languages Act and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and is committed to ensuring all information on this site is available in both English and French.  Information provided in a language other than English or French is only for the convenience of the website’s visitors.

Parliamentary Privilege

As provided by the Canadian Constitution and the Parliament of Canada Act, the general and public law of Canada includes parliamentary privilege, which consists of the privileges, immunities and powers held, enjoyed and exercised by the Senate and the House of Commons, respectively, and their respective Members. Parliamentary privilege enables them to perform their constitutional functions free from external interference. Parliamentary privilege is one of the safeguards of the constitutional separation of powers.

The SenCAPlus website is published under the authority of the Senate of Canada. Parliamentary proceedings, papers, reports and research, which are protected by parliamentary privilege, may also be reproduced by the Senate of Canada on this site. Visitors should be aware, however, that if they reproduce or republish privileged materials, they may not be protected by parliamentary privilege.

DISCLAIMER

Links to websites not under the control of the Senate of Canada are provided solely for the convenience of the SenCAPlus website’s visitors. The Senate of Canada is not responsible for the accuracy, reliability or currency of the information provided by external sources. The Senate of Canada does not offer any guarantee in that regard and is not responsible for the information found through these links, nor does it endorse the sites and their content unless otherwise specified.

Visitors should also be aware that information offered by non-Senate of Canada sites to which this website links is not subject to the Official Languages Act and may not be accessible to persons with disabilities. The information offered may be available only in the language(s) used by the sites in question. With respect to privacy, visitors should research the privacy policies of these websites before providing personal information.

THE SENATE OF CANADA’S SOCIAL MEDIA USE

This notice explains how the SenCAPlus website uses social media platforms.

Content and Frequency

The Senate of Canada uses its social media accounts as an alternative method of sharing the content posted on the SenCAPlus website. By following Senate of Canada social media accounts (by “following,” “liking” or “subscribing”), visitors can expect to see information about news and announcements of the Senate of Canada, subject to the terms of use of those social media providers.

Because the servers of social media platforms are managed by a third-party, Senate of Canada social media accounts are subject to downtime that may be out of its control. As such, the Senate of Canada accepts no responsibility for third-party platforms.

Links to Other Websites and Ads

Senate of Canada social media accounts may post or display links or ads for websites that are not under its control. These links are provided solely for the convenience of visitors. The Senate of Canada is not responsible for the information found through these links or ads, nor does it endorse the sites or their content, unless otherwise specified.

Copyright

Images and videos available through the Senate of Canada’s SlideShare, Twitter and YouTube accounts are subject to Canadian copyright laws with all rights reserved, unless otherwise specified.

Privacy

Senate of Canada social media accounts are not hosted by the Senate of Canada and represent only its presence on third-party service providers.

Official Languages

Senate of Canada social media accounts are not hosted by the Senate of Canada and represent its presence on third-party service providers. Many social media platforms have multiple language options and provide instructions on how to set user preferences. In certain cases, the Senate of Canada will have separate social media accounts in each official language; other times it will have a bilingual account. The Senate of Canada respects the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Official Languages Act and is committed to ensuring that its information is available in French and English and are of equal quality.

The Senate of Canada may share links that direct visitors to sites of organizations or other entities that are not subject to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Official Languages Act and available only in the language(s) in which they are written.