Thank you, Chair.
First of all I want to thank the witnesses for coming to today's committee and giving us their very good suggestions and their observations on both fronts.
Ms. Douglas, first of all I want to thank OCASI for all you've done. I've dealt with OCASI quite a bit in the past in terms of supporting refugees and newcomers. I want to thank you for your advocacy.
Back in March, OCASI posted six recommendations about how to protect all workers, including newcomers and permanent residents, during COVID-19. With the introduction of CERB—and we know that CERB does include international students and foreign workers—there were some changes made to post-graduate work permits and immigration programs. We made quite a number of changes for international students, including allowing them to work full time if they're in an essential service.
In my riding, I've heard that hundreds of new graduates from Seneca are now stepping forward and joining the health care front. Many of those were international students who recently graduated.
How would you assess the early response by the federal government to COVID-19?