Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Social Affairs, Science and Technology

Issue No. 36 - Minutes of Proceedings - February 8, 2018

OTTAWA, Thursday, February 8, 2018


The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology met this day at 10:30 a.m., in room 2, Victoria Building, the chair, the Honourable Art Eggleton, P.C., presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Eggleton, P.C., Manning, Mégie, Munson, Neufeld, Omidvar, Petitclerc and Seidman (8).

Other senator present: The Honourable Senator Christmas (1).

In attendance: Shaila Anwar, Acting Deputy Principle Clerk, Senate Committees Directorate; Sonya Norris, Elizabeth Cahill and Havi Echenberg, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Services, Library of Parliament.

Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, December 14, 2017, the committee continued its study on issues relating to social affairs, science and technology generally. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 35.)

TOPIC: Registered Disability Savings Plan and Disability Tax Credit


The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, P.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue.


Canada Revenue Agency:

Nancy Chahwan, Deputy Commissioner.

Employment and Social Development Canada:

Krista Wilcox, Director General, Office for Disability Issues.

Canada Revenue Agency:

Frank Vermaeten, Assistant Commissioner and co-chair of the Disability Advisory Committee.

Department of Finance Canada:

Pierre Leblanc, Director General, Personal Income Tax Division, Tax Policy Branch;

Lesley Taylor, Director, Social Tax Policy.

The chair made a statement.

The minister and Ms. Chahwan each made a statement and answered questions.

At 11:16 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 11:19 a.m., the committee resumed.

Mr. Vermaeten made a statement and, together with Ms. Wilcox and Mr. Leblanc, answered questions.

At 12:11 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 12:13 p.m., pursuant to rule 12-16(1)(d), the committee resumed in camera to consider a draft report.

It was agreed that senators' staff be permitted to remain in the room for the in camera portion of the meeting.

It was agreed to permit the recording and transcription of the in camera portion of the meeting, that one copy of the transcript be kept with the clerk for consultation purposes, and that the copy be destroyed at the end of the current parliamentary session.

The committee provided drafting instructions to the analysts.

At 12:41 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.


Ferda Simpson
Acting Clerk of the Committee