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Studies & Bills

Information prior to the 40th Parliament is from notices of meetings. For the official record, please refer to the related minutes and transcripts.

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Bill C-81, An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada
(2019-03-21)
Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 10:30 AM
  • Benoît Gendron, Director, Accessibility Secretariat (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Erik Lapalme, Senior Policy Analyst, Accessibility Secretariat (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • James Van Raalte, Director General, Accessibility Secretariat (Employment and Social Development Canada )
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 4:15 PM
  • Frank Folino, President (Canadian Association of the Deaf)
  • Donna Jodhan, President (Barrier Free Canada)
  • Seema Lamba, Acting Coordinator, Programs Section (Public Service Alliance of Canada)
  • The Honourable David Onley, Former Lieutanant Governor of Ontario (As an Individual)
  • Christopher T. Sutton, National Executive Director (Canadian Hard of Hearing Association)
  • Rosalie Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto (AGE-WELL)
Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 10:30 AM
  • Zinnia Batliwalla, National Manager, Government Relations and Advocacy (March of Dimes Canada)
  • Neil Belanger, Executive Director (B.C. Aboriginal Network on Disability Society)
  • Diane Bergeron, Vice President, Engagement and International Affairs (Canadian National Institute for the Blind)
  • Barbara Collier, Executive Director (Communication Disabilities Access Canada)
  • Camille Desforges, Deputy Executive Director (Confédération des organismes de personnes handicapées du Québec)
  • David Lepofsky, Chair (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance)
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 4:15 PM
  • Bill Adair, Executive Director (Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance)
  • Catherine Ebbs, Chairperson (Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board)
  • Steven Estey, Government and Community Relations Officer (Council of Canadians with Disabilities)
  • Kerri Joffe, Staff Lawyer (ARCH Disability Law Centre)
  • Christianne Laizner, Vice-Chairperson, Telecommunications (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission)
  • Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Keith Smith, Acting Director General, Policy and Communications (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Scott Streiner, Chair and Chief Executive Officer (Canadian Transportation Agency)
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 4:32 PM
  • The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
  • Benoît Gendron, Director, Accessibility Secretariat (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Erik Lapalme, Senior Policy Analyst, Accessibility Secretariat (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • James Van Raalte, Director General, Accessibility Secretariat (Employment and Social Development Canada )
Government response to the twenty-fourth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, entitled "The Federal Role in Social Finance Fund"
(2019-02-25)
Government response to the twenty-seventh report of the Standing Senate Committtee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, entitled "The Shame is Ours: Forced Adoptions of the Babies of Unmarried Mothers in Post-war Canada"
(2019-02-22)
Government response to the twenty-sixth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, entitled "Breaking Down Barriers: A critical analysis of the Disability Tax Credit and Registered Disability Savings Plan"
(2019-02-21)
Bill C-376, An Act to designate the month of April as Sikh Heritage Month
(2018-12-05)
Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 10:32 AM
  • Sukh Dhaliwal, Member of Parliament for Surrey-Newton, sponsor of the bill
  • The Honourable Senator Sabi Marwah, Senator
Bill S-247, An Act to establish International Mother Language Day
(2018-12-05)
Bill S-249, An Act respecting the development of a national strategy for the prevention of domestic violence
(2018-11-29)
The subject matter of those elements contained in Divisions 8, 15, 16 and 21 of Part 4 of Bill C-86, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 27, 2018 and other measures
(2018-11-07) Show Briefs
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 4:15 PM
  • Colin Spencer James, Senior Director, Social Development Policy, Strategic and Service Policy Branch (Employment and Social Development Canada )
Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 2:38 PM
  • Phil Benson, Lobbyist (Teamsters Canada)
  • Nora Spinks, Chief Executive Officer (Vanier Institute of the Family)
Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 10:39 AM
  • Emilie Hayes, Policy Analyst (Canadian Federation of Independent Business)
  • Norma Kozhaya, Research Vice President and Chief Economist (Conseil du patronat du Québec)
  • Monique Moreau, Vice President, National Affairs (Canadian Federation of Independent Business)
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 4:15 PM
  • Derrick Hynes, President and CEO (Federally Regulated Employers - Transportation and Communications)
  • Chris Roberts, National Director, Social and Economic Policy (Canadian Labour Congress)
  • Sandy Stephens, Assistant General Counsel (Canadian Bankers Association)
  • Tasmin Waley, Senior Legal Counsel (Canadian Bankers Association)
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 2:06 PM
  • Rutha Astravas, Director, Special Benefits, Employment Insurance Policy, Skills and Employment Branch (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Brenda Baxter, Director General, Workplace Directorate, Labour Program (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Andrew Brown, Director General, Employment Insurance Policy , Skills and Employment Branch (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Alex Duff, Manager, Wage Earner Protection Program, Policy and Oversight, Labour Program (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Barbara Moran, Director General, Strategic Policy, Analysis and Workplace Information, Labour Program (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Charles Philippe Rochon, Senior Policy Analyst, Labour Standards and Wage Earner Protection Program , Labour Program (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Sébastien St-Arnaud, Senior Policy Strategist, Strategic Policy and Legislative Reform, Labour Program (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Kelly Winter, Policy Analyst, Labour Program (Employment and Social Development Canada )
Bill S-252, Voluntary Blood Donations Act (An Act to amend the Blood Regulations)
(2018-10-25) Show Briefs
Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 10:32 AM
  • Sukh Dhaliwal, Member of Parliament for Surrey-Newton, sponsor of the bill
  • The Honourable Senator Sabi Marwah, Senator
Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 10:30 AM
  • Dr. Penny Ballem, former chair of the Health Canada Expert Panel on Immune Globulin Product Supply, Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of British Columbia (As an Individual)
  • Dr. Marc Germain, Vice President, Medical Affairs and Innovation (Héma-Québec)
  • Dr. Graham D. Sher, Chief Executive Officer (Canadian Blood Services)
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 4:17 PM
  • Jennifer Chandler, Professor of Law, Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • Vanessa Gruben, Professor, Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:30 AM
  • Melanie Benard, National Director of Policy and Advocacy (Canadian Health Coalition)
  • Curtis Brandell, President (Canadian Hemophilia Society, British Columbia Chapter)
  • Dr. Michèle Brill-Edwards, Board Member (Canadian Health Coalition)
  • Biba Tinga, President (Sickle Cell Disease Association of Canada)
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 4:16 PM
  • Barzin Bahardoust, Chief Executive Officer (Canadian Plasma Resources)
  • William Bees, Vice-President, Plasma Technologies (Prometic Plasma Resources)
Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 10:30 AM
  • Dr. Monika Dutt, Board Member (Canadian Doctors for Medicare )
  • Linda Silas, President (Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions)
  • Amanda Vyce, Senior Research Officer (Canadian Union of Public Employees)
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 4:16 PM
  • Whitney Goulstone, Executive Director (Canadian Immunodeficiencies Patient Organization)
  • David Page, Member, Board of Directors (Network of Rare Blood Disorder Organizations)
  • Joshua Penrod, Senior Vice-President, Source and International Affairs (Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association)
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 4:28 PM
  • Witness(es) to follow (BloodWatch.org)
  • The Honourable Senator Pamela Wallin, sponsor of the bill (As an Individual)
Bill C-243, An Act respecting the development of a national maternity assistance program strategy
(2018-10-24) Show Briefs
Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 10:32 AM
  • Robert Blakely, Director, Canadian Affairs (Canada's Building Trades Unions )
  • Dr. Nicola Cherry, Professor, Tripartite Chair of Occupational Health, Division of Preventive Medicine (University of Alberta)
  • Jeanette Southwood, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Strategic Partnerships (Engineers Canada)
Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 10:32 AM
  • Rutha Astravas, Director, Special Benefits, Employment Insurance Policy, Skills and Employment Branch (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Brenda Baxter, Director General, Workplace Directorate, Labour Program (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Andrew Brown, Director General, Employment Insurance Policy , Skills and Employment Branch (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Roch Lafrance, Secretary General (Union des travailleuses et travailleurs accidentés ou malades)
  • Monette Maillet, Deputy Executive Director and Senior General Counsel (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Sheila Pepper, Vice President, Social Development (National Council of Women of Canada)
  • Valerie Phillips, Director and General Counsel (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 5:24 PM
  • Melodie Ballard (As an Individual)
  • Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, sponsor of the bill (As an Individual)
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Orders of Reference

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