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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 3
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 3:33 p.m. to 5:42 p.m.
Salma Zahid, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Julie Béchard, Analyst
• Martin McCallum, Analyst
• Graeme McConnell, Analyst
House of Commons
• Aimée Belmore, Procedural Clerk
The committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to committee business.

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

Your Subcommittee met on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, to consider the business of the Committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:

1. That the committee hold eight meetings on the study of the impact of COVID-19 on the immigration system, provided that:

a. the committee shall hear witness testimony during the first six meetings on this study;

b. the committee shall hear between six and seven witnesses per meeting, and that witnesses shall be divided into two one-hour panels per meeting;

c. members shall provide the clerk of the committee with lists of requested witnesses not later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 26, 2020;

d. the committee shall invite the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and senior government officials to appear before the committee for one meeting following the conclusion of witness testimony;

e. the committee shall proceed to considering drafting instructions for one hour at a subsequent meeting following the appearance of the minister and officials, provided that any time remaining in this meeting may be used to commence or resume consideration of another study; and,

f. the committee shall consider adopting a draft report during one meeting, provided that the number of any additional meetings required to consider a draft report shall not count toward the eight meetings on this study.

It was agreed, — That the First Report of the subcommittee be concurred in.

Spousal Sponsorship Advocates
• Chantal Dubé, Research and Content Writer
• Syed Farhan Ali, Associate
Faces of Advocacy
• David Edward-Ooi Poon, Medical Doctor and Founder
As an individual
• Chantal Desloges, Senior Partner, Desloges Law Group
• Chantale Munger, Pedagogical Advisor, Cégep de Jonquière
• David Ojo
• Santa J. Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of British Columbia
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the motion adopted by the House on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, and the motion adopted by the committee on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, the committee commenced its study of the impact of COVID-19 on the immigration system.

Chantal Munger, Santa Ono, Chantal Dube and Sayed Farhan Ali made statements and answered questions.

At 4:34 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:38 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Chantal Desloges, David Ojo and David Poon made statements and answered questions.

It was agreed, — That the witnesses may make supplementary written submissions under this study where they were unable to make all desired representations as part of their testimony.

At 5:42 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Leif-Erik Aune
Clerk of the Committee