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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 2
Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 8:48 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
In Camera
Presiding
Salma Zahid, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Laurence Brosseau, Analyst
• Madalina Chesoi, Analyst
Pursuant to Standing Order 106(2), the clerk of the committee presided over the election of Vice-Chairs.

It was agreed, — That Hon. Peter Kent be elected First Vice-Chair of the committee.

It was agreed, — That Christine Normandin be elected Second Vice-Chair of the committee.

The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to committee business.

It was agreed, — That the committee study the way labour shortages in Canada can be resolved using the economic classes of permanent residence to include low-, medium- and high-skilled workers and that the committee examine ways of promoting, attracting and retaining immigrants of all skills levels in communities; that the committee examine the government’s progress in promoting, attracting and retaining francophone immigrants outside Quebec, the roles of the federal, provincial and municipal governments, the roles of employers and immigrants for each government; and the use of labour market impact assessments as part of the process for issuing permits for temporary foreign workers; that the committee hold at least four meetings to hear witnesses; that the committee report its findings to the House; and that, pursuant to Standing Order 109, the government table a comprehensive response on this matter.

It was agreed, — That the study of economic immigration and labour shortage be the committee’s first study, starting on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

It was agreed, — That each party submit their preliminary witness list for the study of economic immigration and labour shortage, in order of priority, to the clerk of the committee, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020.

It was agreed, — That the committee conduct a study to examine the current circumstances regarding persecuted individuals subject to human rights abuses abroad, including LGBTQ2 individuals, at risk human rights workers, journalists, and internally displaced persons (IDPs) that do not have access to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ processes despite their acute vulnerability and are subjected to human rights abuses and persecution, and as a result cannot be registered as a refugee; that the study explore the feasibility of resettlement streams including a review of the previous "source-country class" for those who are internally displaced in order to determine how Canada can best respond to the increasing incidents of internally displaced persons globally; that the committee report its findings to the House; and that pursuant to standing order 109, the government table a comprehensive response thereto.

At 9:51 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:58 a.m., the sitting resumed.

It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee undertake a study of the two pilot projects for caregivers introduced as of June 18, 2019: (1) Home Child Care Provider Pilot; and (2) Home Support Worker Pilot; that the study examines the criteria and its effect on the caregivers who are trying to qualify under these programs toward the path for permanent status; that the committee report its findings to the House; and that pursuant to Standing Order 109, the government table a comprehensive response thereto.

It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee study impact of legislative changes to the Citizenship Act that have created gaps in the system and created classes of people referred to as “Lost Canadians”; that this study should be comprised of no less than two meetings; that departmental officers be in attendance for at least one meeting; that the Committee report its finding to the House; and that pursuant to Standing Order 109, the government table a comprehensive response thereto.

It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee undertake a study of the newly introduced Vulnerable Worker Program; that the study examine how this program is functioning; that the committee report its findings to the House; and that pursuant to Standing Order 109, the government table a comprehensive response thereto.

It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee study Canada’s foreign credential recognition system; that the study examine how the credential recognition system currently is structured, what programs are in place to aid newcomers in obtaining recognition, what programs are in place to aid newcomers to upgrade their credentials to be fully recognized in Canada, all in accordance with the jurisdictions of the provinces and territories, in particular with regard to the various professional codes, obtain an understanding of how likely it is for a newcomer to obtain work in their field of training, and develop recommendations for the government as to how to best improve the credential recognition system in Canada so as to allow newcomers to Canada to fully integrate and contribute to Canadian society and the Canadian economy; that this study should be comprised of no less than four meetings; that department officials be in attendance for at least two meetings – one at the onset and another at the conclusion; that the committee report its findings to the House; and that pursuant to Standing Order 109, the government table a comprehensive response thereto.

At 10:45 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Marie-France Lafleur
Clerk of the Committee