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Minutes of Proceedings

44th Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 84
Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 7:30 p.m. to 9:42 p.m.
Sean Casey, Chair (Liberal)

House of Commons
• Jean-François Pagé, Legislative Clerk
• Émilie Thivierge, Legislative Clerk
Library of Parliament
• Kelly Farrah, Analyst
Public Health Agency of Canada
• Stephen Bent, Vice-President, Strategic Policy Branch
• Dr. Donald Sheppard, Vice-President, Infectious Diseases and Vaccination Programs Branch
• David Creasey, Director General, Strategic Policy Branch
Pursuant to the order of reference of Wednesday, February 8, 2023, the committee resumed consideration of Bill C-293, An Act respecting pandemic prevention and preparedness.

The committee resumed its clause-by-clause study of the Bill.

The committee resumed its clause-by-clause consideration on Clause 3 of the Bill.


Todd Doherty moved, — That, given the recent study from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences Western and Lawson Health Research Institute revealing a lack of housing can influence people’s patterns of substance abuse, the committee recognize: (a) the correlation between homelessness and increased opioid deaths, (b) that, while opioid deaths in Ontario increased two-fold over a four-year timeframe, deaths among the unhoused saw a nearly four-fold increase, (c) that people experiencing homelessness accounted for one in 14 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2017 and one in six deaths in 2021; that the committee call on the government to make access to low-barrier housing a central strategy in its efforts to address the opioid epidemic; and that the committee report this motion to the House.

Debate arose thereon.


Stephen Ellis moved, — That the sitting be suspended.

The question was put on the motion and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 4; NAYS: 7.

At 9:42 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Christine Sing
Clerk of the committee