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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 13
Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 5:11 p.m. to 7:13 p.m.
Webcast
Presiding
Salma Zahid, Chair (Liberal)

House of Commons
• Wassim Bouanani, Procedural Clerk
 
Library of Parliament
• Julie Béchard, Analyst
• Madalina Chesoi, Analyst
• Martin McCallum, Analyst
The committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to committee business.

The Chair presented the Second Report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure, which read as follows:

Your subcommittee met on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, to consider the business of the committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:

1. That, regarding the study of special immigration and refugee measures for the people of Hong Kong, the committee invite government officials to appear for one hour, and invite witnesses to appear for three hours; and, that committee members submit their witness lists to the clerk of the committee by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, January 11, 2021.
2. That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee undertake a study on the use of the Labour Market Impact Assessment under the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, including its administrative costs and processing timelines, impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the prevalence of labour shortages throughout the country with attention to municipalities and rural communities all in accordance with the Canada-Quebec Accord, the state of pilot projects in addressing labour shortages, the eligibility criteria for permanent residence and impacts on caregivers under the two pilot projects Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot, and possible solutions to addressing labour shortages; that the committee hear from witnesses for not less than five meetings and report its findings and recommendations to the House.
3. That, regarding the study of the Labour Market Impact Assessment under the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, committee members submit their witness lists to the clerk of the committee by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18, 2021.

Motion

Sukh Dhaliwal moved, — That the report be adopted.

Debate arose thereon.

Motion

Raquel Dancho moved, — That the report of the subcommittee be amended in paragraph 1 by replacing the words “and invite witnesses to appear for three hours” with the words “invite the minister to appear for 1 hour, and invite witnesses to appear for six hours”.

Motion

Soraya Martinez Ferrada moved, — That the debate be now adjourned.

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Sukh Dhaliwal, Anju Dhillon, Soraya Martinez Ferrada, Christine Normandin, Geoff Regan, Marc Serré — 6;

NAYS: Dean Allison, Raquel Dancho, Garnett Genuis, Jasraj Singh Hallan — 4.

At 5:28 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:34 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Association québécoise des avocats et avocates en droit de l’immigration
• Guillaume Cliche-Rivard, President
Department of Citizenship and Immigration
• Nicole Giles, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Operations
• Natasha Kim, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Program Policy
Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic
• Avvy Yao-Yao Go, Clinic Director
Canada-Hong Kong Link
• Eric Li, Vice-President
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, the committee commenced its study of special immigration and refugee measures for the people of Hong Kong.

Natasha Kim made a statement and, with Nicole Giles, answered questions.

At 6:15 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 6:17 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Avvy Yao-Yao Go, Guillaume Cliche-Rivard and Eric Li made statements and answered questions.

At 7:13 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Leif-Erik Aune
Clerk of the Committee