I call this meeting to order. Welcome to meeting number six of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
I believe at this time it would be appropriate for us to observe a moment of silence for the victims of the military helicopter crash yesterday.
[A moment of silence observed]
Pursuant to the orders of reference of March 24, April 11 and April 20, 2020, the committee is meeting for the purpose of receiving evidence concerning matters related to the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today's meeting is taking place by video conference. The proceedings will be made available via the House of Commons website. The webcast will always show the person speaking rather than the entirety of the committee.
In order to facilitate the work of our interpreters and ensure an orderly meeting, I would like to outline a few rules to follow.
First, interpretation in this video conference will work very much as it does in a regular committee meeting. You have the choice, at the bottom of your screen, of either “Floor”, “English” or “French”. In order to resolve the sound issues from our previous meeting, please ensure you are on the English channel when speaking in English and on the French channel when speaking in French. If you plan to alternate from one language to the other, please also switch the interpretation channel so it aligns with the language you are speaking.
Before speaking, please wait until I recognize you by name. When you're ready to speak, please click on the microphone icon to activate your mike. I will just remind everyone that all comments by members and witnesses should be addressed through the chair.
Should members need to request the floor outside of their designated time for questions, they should activate their mike and state that they have a point of order. If a member wishes to intervene on a point of order that has been raised by another member, they should use the “Raise Hand” function. This will signal to the chair your interest in speaking. In order to do so, you should click on “Participants” at the bottom of the screen. When the list pops up, you will see next to your name that you can click “Raise Hand”.
When speaking, please speak slowly and clearly. When you are not speaking, your mike should be on mute.
The use of headsets is strongly encouraged. If you have a microphone on your headset that hangs down, please make sure it's not rubbing on your shirt during your questioning time.
Should any technical challenges arise, for example, in relation to interpretation or if you are accidentally disconnected, please advise the clerk or chair immediately, and the technical team will work to resolve them. Please note that we may need to suspend during these times, as we need to ensure that all members are able to participate fully.
Before we get started, can everyone click on their screen on the top right-hand corner to ensure that they are on gallery view. With this view you should be able to see all the participants in a grid view. It will ensure that all video participants can see one another. That's it for the preliminaries.
I would now like to thank the witnesses for joining us today.
From the Department of Employment and Social Development, we have Graham Flack, deputy minister; Lori MacDonald, senior associate deputy minister and chief operating officer for Service Canada; and Benoît Robidoux, associate deputy minister.
From Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, we have Evan Siddall, president and chief executive officer; and Romy Bowers, senior vice-president, client solutions.
It's my understanding that only Mr. Siddall has opening remarks.
I see that we have a point of order from Ms. Kusie, so I recognize Ms. Kusie, please.