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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 2
Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 3:32 p.m. to 5:25 p.m.
Presiding
Sean Casey, Chair (Liberal)

House of Commons
• Evelyn Lukyniuk, Procedural Clerk
 
Library of Parliament
• Elizabeth Cahill, Analyst
• Mayra Perez-Leclerc, Analyst
The committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to committee business.

Motion

Kate Young moved, — That the committee undertake a study to investigate and make recommendations on the challenges and systemic barriers facing Indigenous people and Indigenous housing providers in northern, urban and rural communities across Canada; that this study focus on urban, northern and rural providers and examine the roles government and non-governmental organizations play in existing housing services supports; and that the committee report its findings to the House.

Debate arose thereon.

Amendment

Leah Gazan moved, — That, in recognition of the fact that nearly 80% of the Indigenous Peoples in Canada live in urban, rural, and northern communities; pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), that the committee undertake a study to examine the gaps in the federal government's current policies in addressing the homelessness and precarious housing crisis facing Indigenous Peoples in urban, rural, and northern communities; that the committee seek the advice and expertise of Indigenous housing and homelessness service providers in urban, rural, and northern communities across Canada; and that pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee request that the government table a comprehensive response to the report.

RULING BY THE CHAIR

The Chair ruled that the amendment is not in order, as it is another motion entirely and should be moved separately.

Debate continued.

Amendment

Leah Gazan moved, — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after “that” and adding the following: “In recognition of the fact that nearly 80% of the Indigenous People’s in Canada live in urban, rural and northern communities; pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee undertake a study to investigate and make recommendations on the challenges and systemic barriers facing Indigenous people and Indigenous housing providers in northern, urban and rural communities across Canada; that this study focus on urban, northern and rural providers and identify the gaps in the federal governments current policies in addressing homelessness and the precarious housing crisis facing Indigenous People in urban, rural and northern communities across Canada and that pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee request that the government table a comprehensive response to the report”.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Leah Gazan and it was agreed to.

After debate, the question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to.

The motion, as amended, reads as follows:

That, in recognition of the fact that nearly 80% of the Indigenous People’s in Canada live in Urban, rural and northern communities; be it resolved that pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee undertake a study to investigate and make recommendations on the challenges and systemic barriers facing Indigenous People and indigenous housing providers in northern, urban and rural communities across Canada; that this study focus on urban, northern and rural providers and identify the gaps in the federal governments current policies in addressing homelessness and the precarious housing crisis facing Indigenous People in urban, rural and northern communities across Canada and that pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee request that the government table a comprehensive response to the report.

Motion

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That the committee undertake a study of the effectiveness of distributing funds through the National Housing Strategy, and any barriers which may be preventing the distribution of funds to developers.

Debate arose thereon.

At 4:05 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:11 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Amendment

Leah Gazan moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “distributing funds through the National Housing Strategy” with the following “the programs in the National Housing Strategy, the distributing of funds through the National Housing Strategy to communities”.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Leah Gazan and it was agreed to.

After debate, the question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to.

The motion, as amended, reads as follows:

That the committee undertake a study of the effectiveness of the programs in the National Housing Strategy, the distributing of funds through the National Housing Strategy to communities, and any barriers which may be preventing the distribution of funds to developers.

Motion

Ryan Turnbull moved, — That the committee undertake a study to investigate and make recommendations on the issue of supportive housing for seniors with an emphasis on how the National Housing Strategy can better incorporate measures to address a wide range of seniors’ housing needs as they relate to the National Housing Strategy; and that the committee report its findings to the House.

Debate arose thereon.

Amendment

Leah Gazan moved, — That the motion be amended by adding after the words “housing for seniors” the following: “including affordable, accessible social housing and coop housing” and by adding after the words "report its findings to the House": “, with recommendations on how the National Housing Strategy needs to be revised”.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Leah Gazan and it was agreed to.

After debate, the question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to.

The motion, as amended, reads as follows:

That the committee undertake a study to investigate and make recommendations on the issue of supportive housing for Seniors with an emphasis on how the National Housing Strategy can better incorporate measures to address a wide range of seniors' housing needs, including affordable, accessible social housing and coop housing as they related to the National Housing Strategy; and that the committee report its findings to the House with recommendations on how the National Housing Strategy needs to be revised.

Motion

Rosemarie Falk moved, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee undertake a study on the social and economic impacts and overall well-being of Canadian grandparents who become guardians of their grandchildren; that the study comprise no fewer than four meetings; that the committee report its findings, with recommendations, to the House; and that, pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee request that the Government provide a comprehensive response.

By unanimous consent, it was agreed, — That the motion be amended by deleting the words “that the study comprised of no fewer than four meetings”.

After debate, the question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee undertake a study on the social and economic impacts and overall well-being of Canadian grandparents who become guardians of their grandchildren; that the committee report its findings, with recommendations, to the House; and that, pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee request that the Government provide a comprehensive response.

Motion

Brad Vis moved, — That, this committee undertake a study to review the first Spring 2019 report of the Auditor General of Canada on Call Centres and hear testimony from Employment and Social Development Canada officials on the action taken to provide Canadians with accessible and timely call centre services for Employment Insurance, the Canada Pension Plan, and Old Age Security; and that the Committee report its findings, with recommendations, to the House and request that the government provide a comprehensive response.

Debate arose thereon.

At 5:13 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:17 p.m., the sitting resumed.

On motion of Adam Vaughan, it was agreed, — That the debate on the motion be now adjourned.

On motion of Leah Gazan, it was agreed, — That the study on Indigenous housing, adopted earlier today, be the first study of the committee.

Motion

Stephanie Kusie moved, — That pursuant to the order of reference of Tuesday, February 18, 2020, the committee invite the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, the Minister of Labour, and departmental officials to appear on Supplementary Estimates (B), 2019-20, before the reporting deadline set out in Standing Order 81(5) and that these meetings be televised.

After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was agreed to.

On motion of Han Dong, it was agreed, — That the Committee do now adjourn.

At 5:25 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Andrew Wilson
Clerk of the Committee