Exercising their right to vote is one of the ways in which citizens can participate in the democratic process. They can also express their wishes and opinions through public consultations.
Please note that you can access information on other consultations on the French version of this page.
This page contains information on:
Consultations by the government
Consultations by the government aim to involve citizens in public decision making. Anyone interested in submitting comments may do so in accordance with the applicable provisions.
List of government consultations completed during the year.
Draft regulations published in the Gazette officielle du Québec
Ministères and bodies of the Gouvernement du Québec are required to publish draft regulations and regulatory amendments in Part 2 of the Gazette officielle du Québec.
How to find a draft regulation
To find a draft regulation, go to the page presenting a list of editions of the Gazette officielle du Québec by year of publication and select the year for which you would like to do a search.
After clicking on the year, you will be taken to an index listing editions of the Gazette officielle du Québec in reverse chronological order.
Select an edition and you will access a page presenting documents under various headings. You have two search options:
- consult the titles of the documents listed under the headings to find the draft regulation you are looking for; or
- use the search tool in your browser by pressing the Control (Ctrl) and F keys at the same time. You can then enter one or more search terms and view the results of your search.
When a draft regulation is published, it is accompanied by a notice indicating, in particular, that it will be submitted for approval once the consultation period has expired. During that period, any interested person may submit comments on the enactment of the regulation according to the procedure prescribed in each case.
Consultations by the National Assembly
Parliamentary committees may hold general consultations to solicit and gather opinions from individuals and organized groups on subjects of public interest, such as draft legislation. When a notice of general consultation is published, individuals or organizations that wish to express their opinion on the subject of the consultation must submit a brief to the clerk of the committee concerned. The members of the committee then choose from the individuals and organizations that have submitted a brief those that will be heard during the public hearings.
List of committee proceedings
Taking part in public consultations by parliamentary committees
Parliamentary committee reports and discussion papers
RSS feed on parliamentary committee orders
Consultations by the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE)
Consultations by the BAPE deal with questions related to the quality of the environment or projects likely to have a major impact on the environment. The BAPE holds hearings in communities affected by such questions and projects in order to facilitate public participation and allow people to voice their concerns. The role of the BAPE is to enable the government to make informed decisions with a view to sustainable development.
List of inquiries and public hearings of the BAPE (French only)
How to participate in public consultations of the BAPE
BAPE Twitter account – This page lists important dates (information sessions, public hearings) and provides information on BAPE procedures (French only)
Consultations by Hydro-Québec
Hydro-Québec has drawn up a list of electricity transmission line projects under study by administrative region. A public participation process is provided for within the framework of each project.
Consultations by the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs
Under the Sustainable Forest Development Act, the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs holds public consultations on integrated forest development plans and special forest development plans. You can access the Manuel de consultation publique sur les plans d'aménagement forestier intégré et les plans d'aménagement spéciaux on the page presenting a list of consultations under way or completed (French only).
Consultations by the Autorité des marchés financiers
The Autorité des marchés financiers publishes a regularly updated list of public consultations. This organization consults the public on various subjects related to its activities. Anyone wishing to comment on a consultation under way may do so using the form provided.
Consultations by the Conseil du patrimoine culturel du Québec
The Conseil du patrimoine culturel québécois advises the Minister of Culture and Communications on matters relating to the knowledge, protection, enhancement or transmission of cultural heritage. To fulfil this mandate, the Conseil is required to hold public consultations. A list of consultations under way (French only), as well documents pertaining to past consultations (French only) are available on its website.
Ministères and bodies of the Gouvernement du Québec use online surveys to enable people to voice their opinions.
Please note that no surveys are being conducted at this time.