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Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  Yes, it's CMHC dollars. We don't want to comment necessarily on their budget, but I get the same comments on infrastructure and budget. You have to look at it over the years. Sometimes it depends on the building, on the construction, especially on infrastructure. It happened, for

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean-François Tremblay

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  That's why we're trying to move to 10-year agreements. That's why we're trying to move to situations where they have a sense of what the amount of money will be. We can always debate whether it's enough or not, which is a normal discussion to have, but you have to have predictabi

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean-François Tremblay

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  I think it was 84, 85, the last time I looked.

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean-François Tremblay

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  We begin at the beginning of the year, so it would be difficult for them to join during the middle of the year—

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean-François Tremblay

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  —but it would be interesting to see if we're going to have a second wave of first nations going into grants next year. There's no limit. If they qualify, if they demonstrate that they have the capacity, the financial plan in place and the tools, there's no reason for us to say no

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean-François Tremblay

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  The ones who are under grants can do that.

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean-François Tremblay

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  As far as I remember, the ones who are under grants—and I will check just in case I was wrong—receive core funding that includes social assistance. That means they have the capacity to reallocate or spend in a different way if they want.

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean-François Tremblay

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  You're right. We're hearing from chiefs and from communities that would like to use social assistance differently. The grants or self-government, of course, would give them that flexibility. We have been engaging with first nations on a review of social assistance and how we can

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean-François Tremblay

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  Yes, it's probably 26% to 28%.

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean-François Tremblay

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  I think it's increasing on the executive side a bit, which is encouraging. It varies from place to place. What we're trying to do now is to have a targeted approach. What I mean is that if I look at my regions in Ontario, it's 50%, so it's significant. Other regions are lower, o

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean-François Tremblay

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  The majority of my employees are in regions. Given the division of labour, if you want, between both of us, the majority of my employees are in regions. That is probably—I don't have the exact numbers—close to two-thirds, so that's quite significant. My expectation is that it's

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean-François Tremblay

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  Unfortunately, there are no programs encouraging people to speak indigenous languages at the office per se. We encourage our indigenous employees who work with indigenous communities to speak their own language. We have that, and we see that.

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean-François Tremblay

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  We have programs where we do a recruitment process that is targeted to indigenous people. We don't necessarily link—

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean-François Tremblay

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean-François Tremblay

Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee  I cannot have an exemption from the official languages policy. What we have been trying to do and to risk-manage is to hire those people and send them on French training, to make sure that in two years they will meet the requirements. We do our best, but we have legal obligatio

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean-François Tremblay