Legislative Council


Check the Council documents for the current academic year 2016-2017 in this link

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If for any reason you have any difficulty accessing the documents above, please email the Speaker of Council or the President.

You can also follow the Legislative Council on Twitter with the hashtag #SSMULegCouncil!

The Legislative Council

The Legislative Council is the legislative arm of the SSMU. Thirty councillors elected by specific constituencies, including school and faculty associations and councils representing particular student demographics, and the six (6) SSMU Executives comprise the voting members of Council. The Speaker, Parliamentarian, General Manager, and Recording Secretary are non-voting members. According to Article 3 of the SSMU Constitution, Council is the governing body of the Society and “shall be empowered to make all decisions and take all actions on behalf of the Society.

All SSMU members are welcome to attend open sessions of Council, which are generally held every second Thursday in the Lev Bukhman Room (2nd floor of the Shatner Building) beginning at 6pm. For 2016-2017, the dates of Council are:

Fall Semester:
Thursday, September 14th, 2017 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, September 28th, 2017 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, October 12th, 2017 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, October 19th, 2017 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, November 16th, 2017 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, November 30th, 2017 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, December 7th, 2017 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)

Winter Semester 
Thursday, January 11th, 2018 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, January 25th, 2018 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, February 8th, 2018 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, March 15th, 2018 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, March 29th, 2018 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)
Thursday, April 5th, 2018 Lev Bukhman (SSMU Building)

While Council is run according to Robert’s Rules of Order, its proceedings should be accessible to all members; don’t hesitate to ask the Speaker, Parliamentarian or a Councillor (including Executives) how you can participate in the debate. Council meetings can last several hours, so if you are interested in a particular issue, it may be wise to check the agenda in advance and/or ask a Councillor to contact you (e.g. by text message) when the item relevant to your issue is coming up. The agenda order can also be amended to accommodate your schedule, so get in touch with a Councillor if this is something you require.You can peruse its agenda and “documents in advance” (reports of Executives and Committees, as well as proposed resolutions and policies) below.

Speaker of Council & Parliamentarian

Speaker of Council acts as the chair of Council. They are responsible for the smooth procedural functioning of Council meetings which includes the call to order (which opens the meeting), granting the floor (i.e. giving people permission to speak) and stating motions and putting them to a vote. The Speaker is guided in their tasks by Robert’s Rules of Order in addition to the Constitution, Internal Regulations and any relevant resolutions of Council.

Parliamentarian is also responsible for running Council with the Speaker. While the Speaker controls the floor and grants Councillors speaking rights in an appropriate fashion, the Parliamentarian takes care of the organization, projection and amending of motions and reports during Council.

Committees of Council

SSMU Committees make recommendations to Council on everything from the allocation of funding to student groups to the approval of new clubs to the adoption of new policies. Each Councillor sits on at least one SSMU Committee.  The Committee Terms of Reference Book 2016-09-15 contains all of the information about the various committees at SSMU.

Council Documents previous years

Council Documents 2015-2016
Council Documents 2014-2015
Council Documents 2013-2014
Council Documents 2012-2013
Council Documents 2011-2012
Council Documents 2010-2011
Council Documents 2009-2010