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Following a Petition's Path

My petition's signing period is over. What happens next?

Did you know?

  • The presentation of a petition to the Assembly is sometimes referred to as "tabling the petition".
  • Until the Assembly is dissolved, the Government of Québec must respond to all petitions presented to the National Assembly. However, this requirement ends with the dissolution of the Assembly.

When will my petition be presented to the National Assembly?

Petitions are presented to the Assembly during Routine Proceedings. If your petition is an e-petition, it will be presented at one of the first three sittings after the date on which the signing period ends.

How can I know whether my petition has been presented?

What happens next?

Note: The time limit may be extended on certain occasions, such as when the committees are considering the Government's budget estimates.

Will I receive a response?

  • The Government must provide a response to a petition within 30 days.
  • The time starts running at the end of the 15 days for the committee to decide whether to examine the petition, or on the date when the committee decides not to examine the petition. If the petition is examined in committee, the time limit starts on the day the committee's report is tabled.
  • The Government's response is tabled in the National Assembly and posted on the Consulting a Petition page.
Note: If the Assembly is not sitting when the time limit expires, the response is tabled not later than the third sitting after the resumption of proceedings.

The proceedings have been suspended for an extended period… Will my petition be forgotten?

No! This has no effect on the petition process, except that certain time limits may be extended.