I call the meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting number 66 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages.
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3) and the motion adopted by the committee on April 21, 2023, the committee is meeting to continue its study on increased francophone immigration to Canada.
Today's meeting is taking place in a hybrid format, pursuant to the House order of June 15, 2023. Members are attending in person in the room and remotely using the Zoom application.
To keep the meeting running smoothly, I would like to outline a few rules to follow for witnesses and members. Before speaking, please wait until I recognize you by name. If you are participating by video conference, please click on the microphone icon to unmute yourself, and please mute yourself when you are not speaking.
For interpretation for those participating via Zoom, you have the choice at the bottom of your screen of either the floor, English or French. For those in the room, you can use your earpiece and select the desired language channel.
Although the room is equipped with a sound system that performs well, it is possible that audio feedback will occur, which can be extremely harmful to interpreters and cause serious hearing injuries. The most common cause for audio feedback is an earpiece being too close to a microphone. So we ask all participants to be very careful when using their earpieces, especially when their microphone or that of their neighbour is on. In order to prevent incidents and to protect the interpreters' hearing health, I invite participants to ensure that they are speaking properly into the microphone assigned to them, as well as to avoid manipulating their earpiece and to put it on the table, away from the microphone, when it is not being used.
I remind you that all comments by members and witnesses should be addressed through the chair.
For members in the room, if you wish to speak, please raise your hand. For members on Zoom, please use the “raise hand” function. The committee clerk and I will do our best to maintain a consolidated order of speaking, and we appreciate your patience and understanding in this regard.
In accordance with our routine motion regarding sound tests, I wish to inform the committee that all witnesses have completed the required sound tests before the meeting. That said, I would like to let you know that a witness who was supposed to be here today is not yet here. We don't know if it was an oversight on their part. So we may have to do a sound test along the way.
Welcome, everyone, and welcome to the witnesses.
I invite Mariève Forest—