I call this meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting No. 37 of the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Thursday, February 3, 2022, the committee is meeting to study anticipated labour shortages in the Canadian transportation sector.
Today’s meeting is taking place in a hybrid format, pursuant to the House Order of November 25, 2021. Members are attending in person in the room and remotely using the Zoom application.
Members of the committee, we have appearing before us as witnesses via video conference in the first hour, from the national supply chain task force, Monsieur Jean Gattuso, task force co-chair, as well as Louise Yako, task force co-chair.
In the second half, from 5:30 to 6:30, from the Department of Citizenship and Immigration we have Jean-Marc Gionet, director general, immigration program guidance, and Ian Gillespie, director, temporary resident policy and programs.
From the Department of Employment and Social Development we have Mr. Andrew Brown, senior assistant deputy minister, skills and employment branch; Mr. Michael MacPhee, assistant deputy minister, temporary foreign workers program; and Mr. Brian Hickey, director general, temporary foreign workers program.
Finally, from the Department of Transport we have Ms. Melanie Vanstone, director general, multimodal and road safety programs.
Before I begin, I'd like to take this opportunity to inform members that all of today's video conference witness participants have completed the necessary audiovisual checks.
We will now begin the opening remarks with the national supply chain task force for five minutes.
The floor is yours.