I call this meeting to order.
Good afternoon, everyone. Welcome to meeting number 28 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.
The Board of Internal Economy requires that the committee adhere to the following health protocols: maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from others; wear a non-medical mask unless seated, and preferably wear a mask at all times, including when seated; and maintain proper hand hygiene by using the hand sanitizer provided in the committee room and by regularly washing your hands well with soap. As the chair, I will enforce these measures, and I really want to thank you for your co-operation.
Today's meeting is taking place in a hybrid format, pursuant to the House order of January 25, 2021. I would like to outline a few rules to follow.
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I will remind you that all comments should be addressed to the chair. When you are not speaking, please keep your microphones muted. The committee clerk and I will maintain a speaking list for all the members.
Today, we resume our study of the labour market impact assessment under the temporary foreign worker program. We will be hearing from three witnesses in this panel.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all our witnesses for appearing before the committee and giving us their time. We look forward to hearing your important testimonies.
Today, we will be hearing from the National Cattle Feeders' Association, represented by Casey Vander Ploeg, vice-president; and Jolayne Farn, human resources manager, Van Raay Paskal Farms Ltd. We will also hear from the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce, represented by Sheri Somerville, chief executive officer; and Brandon Ellis, senior manager, policy. We will also hear from Toundra Greenhouses, represented by Eric Dubé, chief executive officer.
All the witnesses will be given five minutes for their opening remarks, and then we will proceed to the rounds of questioning.
Before I open the floor for the opening remarks from the witnesses, I just want to get the consent of the committee.
Because our witness Eric Dubé does not have a headset, it will not be possible to have interpretation. I want to seek the consent of the committee to allow him to give his testimony without having interpretation.