The Standing Committee on Families and Communities is an all-party committee consisting of 15 Members of the Legislative Assembly. It may meet to review a Bill or to consider an issue referred to it by the Assembly, and can also meet on its own initiative to consider issues within its mandate. The mandate of the Standing Committee on Families and Communities relates to the areas of Health, Human Services, Justice and Solicitor General, Education, Seniors and Housing, Service Alberta and Status of Women.
On June 25, 2015, the Standing Committee on Families and Communities was assigned responsibility for conducting a comprehensive review of the amendments to legislation made by the Mental Health Amendment Act, 2007. In accordance with section 54 of the Mental Health Act, the Committee must submit its report to the Assembly within one year after beginning its review and that report is to include any amendments recommended by the Committee.
On April 11, 2016, Bill 203 - Fair Trading (Motor Vehicle Repair Pricing Protection for Consumers) Amendment Act, 2016, was referred by the Assembly, after first reading, for review by the Standing Committee on Families and Communities. The Committee will report its observations, opinions and recommendations to the Assembly once it has completed its review of Bill 203.