I call the meeting to order.
Good afternoon, and welcome to meeting number 68 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women.
Today’s meeting is taking place in a hybrid format, pursuant to the House order of June 23, 2022. Members are attending in person in the room and remotely by using the Zoom application.
I would like to make a few comments for the benefit of the witnesses and members.
Please wait until I recognize you by name before speaking. For those participating by video conference, click on the microphone icon to activate your mike, and please mute it when you're not speaking.
For interpretation for those on Zoom, you have the choice at the bottom of your screen of floor, English or French. For those in the room, you can use your earpiece and select the desired channel.
This is a reminder that all comments 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 clerk and I will manage the speaking order as best we can.
In accordance with the committee's routine motion concerning connection tests for witnesses, I'm informing the committee that all witnesses appearing virtually have completed their required connection tests.
Today, pursuant to Standing Order 81(4), the committee is commencing its consideration of the main estimates for 2023-24 with votes 1 and 5 under the Department for Women and Gender Equality, which were referred to the committee on Wednesday, February 15, 2023.
I would now like to welcome our witnesses.
We're honoured to have the Honourable Marci Ien here, the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth. With her are members from the Department for Women and Gender Equality.
We have in person Frances McRae, who is the deputy minister; Gail Mitchell, who is the assistant deputy minister of departmental programs and operations; and Stéphane Lavigne, who is the chief financial officer and director general of corporate services.
Online, we have Crystal Garrett-Baird, who is the director general of the gender-based violence branch.
Minister, I am going to give you the floor for five minutes. You know me. When I start going crazy, it's time for you to wrap it up.
Minister, you have five minutes.