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Minutes of Proceedings

44th Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 95
Monday, December 11, 2023, 11:00 a.m. to 1:06 p.m.
Robert J. Morrissey, Chair (Liberal)

House of Commons
• Jacques Maziade, Procedural Clerk
Library of Parliament
• Eleni Kachulis, Analyst
• Vanessa Preston, Analyst
• Hon. Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages
• Hon. Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities
• Hon. Kamal Khera, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities
• Hon. Jenna Sudds, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
• Michel Tremblay, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer
Department of Employment and Social Development
• Paul Thompson, Deputy Minister
• Karen Robertson, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Assistant Deputy Minister
• Kristina Namiesniowski, Senior Associate Deputy Minister
• Andrew Brown, Associate Deputy Minister
Office of Infrastructure of Canada
• Kelly Gillis, Deputy Minister
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Monday, November 27, 2023, the committee commenced its study of the subject matter of Supplementary Estimates (B), 2023-24: Vote 1b under Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Votes 1b and 5b under Department of Employment and Social Development.

Minister Boissonnault and Minister Khera made statements and answered questions.


Bonita Zarrillo moved, —

That, given that:

  1. Twenty-two per cent of Canadians live with a disability but make up 41 percent of those who live in poverty;
  2. The rising cost of housing, food, and medication is causing a cycle of poverty for persons living with a disability;
  3. The Canada Disability Benefit has not yet been delivered to Canadians, and the government has declined to implement a disability emergency relief benefit;

The committee report to the House that it asks the federal government to commit that the Canada Disability Benefit be implemented, and immediately delivered to persons with disabilities in the first quarter of 2024

Debate arose thereon.

At 11:40 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 11:43 a.m., the sitting resumed.

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

YEAS: Scott Aitchison, Louise Chabot, Chad Collins, Michael Coteau, Rosemarie Falk, Michelle Ferreri, Peter Fragiskatos, Tracy Gray, Wayne Long, Tony Van Bynen, Bonita Zarrillo — 11;

NAYS: — 0.

Questioning of the witnesses resumed.

At 12:03 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:07 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Minister Fraser and Minister Sudds made statements and answered questions.

At 1:06 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Ariane Calvert
Clerk of the committee