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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 17
Monday, June 13, 2016, 3:36 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.
In Camera
Bryan May, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Sandra Elgersma, Analyst
• Dominique Fleury, Analyst
• Mayra Perez-Leclerc, Analyst
The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

It was agreed, — That the Second Report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure, which read as follows, be concurred in:

Your Subcommittee met on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, to consider the business of the Committee and agreed to make the following recommendation:

That the motion adopted on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 concerning a study of poverty reduction strategies be rescinded and replaced with the following: That the Committee conduct a study of poverty reduction strategies; that the study focus on improving the delivery of federal resources and services for the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy; that the study be based on four main areas:

1) Housing: studying affordable housing, housing strategies, homelessness, and Housing First initiatives, and other new and or innovative approaches,

2) Education and Training: studying school based poverty reduction strategies, access to higher education, skills training/re-training, English as a Second Language/French as a Second Language (ESL/FSL), apprenticeship, financial literacy, and other new and or innovative approaches,

3) Government administered savings and entitlement programs: studying Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs), Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSPs), Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs), Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs), Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), studying the Seniors Price Index and Consumer Price Index as they relate to these programs, and other new and or innovative approaches,

4) Neighbourhoods: studying urban planning, infrastructure building as a poverty reduction strategy, accessible and affordable transit, and community support networks, and other new and or innovative approaches;

that within these areas the Committee emphasize studying vulnerable communities;

that the study also explore the impact of gender on poverty and poverty reduction strategies in Canada;

that the study pay close attention and focus on innovation in poverty reduction through collaboration between levels of government (federal, provincial or territorial, and municipal), social innovation, private sector and non-profit initiatives, and social financing;

that the Committee hear from witnesses for sixteen (16) meetings; and that the Government provide a response to the recommendations made by the Committee.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Monday, March 21, 2016, the Committee resumed its study of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

The Committee commenced consideration of a draft report.

At 4:20 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Julie Geoffrion
Clerk of the Committee