Overview of the work done by the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (CHPC)

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Work during the 43rd Parliament, 2nd Session

All substantive motions adopted by the Committee to undertake studies or hear from witnesses in the 1st session of the 43rd Parliament were readopted by the Committee without modification or amendment.

Past studies

2020-21 Main Estimates

Text of the motion adopted on October 14, 2020 moved by Alain Rayes (CPC):

That the committee invite the Minister of Canadian Heritage and department officials from Canadian Heritage to appear to discuss the spending priorities outlined in the Main Estimates, and that this meeting occur as soon as possible, but no later than November 24, 2020.

Meetings:

Minister Guilbeault and PCH officials appeared on November 5, 2020.

Bill C-5, An Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation)

Meetings:

The Committee held two (2) meetings to hear from various witnesses. The committee adopted the bill without amendments on November 20, 2020. The bill is awaiting debate at Report stage/Third reading in the House of Commons.

Challenges to Arts, Culture, Heritage and Sport Sectors caused by COVID-19

Text of the motion adopted on October 23, 2020:

That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee undertake a comprehensive study on the challenges and issues faced by the Arts, Culture, Heritage and Sport sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic; that it consider new measures that would: a) draw up a clear picture of the impacts of the pandemic on their activities; b) better identify their needs during the current crisis; c) identify gaps in federal aid programs; d) identify better support to these sectors which are disproportionally affected by the pandemic to better suit to their reality; and facilitate getting artists, athletes and the cultural sector workers back to work; that it also consider measures to best assure and protect business continuity for events, festival, and sporting events in these specific sectors; that the Committee hold no less than four meetings on this subject; and that the Committee report its findings to the House as soon as possible.

Meetings:

The committee held seven (7) meetings to hear from various witnesses. PCH officials appeared before the committee on October 30, 2020.

Next steps:

The committee presented its report in the House of Commons on April 27, 2021. The committee requested a Government Response to its report. The Government must table a response by August 25, 2021.

Relations between Facebook and the federal government

Text of the motion adopted on November 16, 2020:

That the committee study the relations between Facebook and the federal government by (a) inviting, among others: the Minister of Canadian Heritage; Kevin Chan, Global Director and Head of Public Policy of Facebook Canada; the Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage; and (b) request all emails regarding job postings from Facebook and shared by Canadian Heritage, since November 2015.

*The documents requested pursuant to this motion were submitted to the Committee on January 18, 2021.

Text of the motion moved by Heather McPherson (NDP) and adopted on February 26, 2021:

That the committee invite Facebook Inc. for a follow-up meeting regarding the subjects raised during its testimony before the committee on January 29, 2021, and also to address Facebook’s recent actions in Australia related to the Australian Government’s consideration and adoption of the News Media Bargaining Code; and that the committee request that both Mr. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and Mr. Kevin Chan, Global Director and Head of Public Policy, Canada testify on behalf of Facebook Inc.; and that the Chair be asked to find a time in a non-sitting week in March for this meeting, based on Facebook’s availability.

Meetings:

The Minister and PCH officials appeared before the committee on January 29, 2021 during the first hour. Kevin Chan, Global Director and Head of Public Policy of Facebook Canada, Rachel Curran, Policy Manager, and Marc Dinsdale, Head, Media Partnerships appeared during the second hour. Facebook representatives appeared again on March 29, 2021.

Next steps:

There are no further meetings planned on this study for the moment.

Ongoing studies

Bill C-10, Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other acts

Meetings:

The committee held seven (7) meetings to hear from various witnesses in relation to the bill (including the pre-study of the bill before it was referred to the committee). Minister Guilbeault and PCH officials appeared on March 8, 2021. The committee began its clause-by-clause study of the bill on April 16, 2021.

Text of the motion moved by Heather McPherson (NDP) adopted on February 26, 2021:

That the committee call on the Minister of Canadian Heritage to provide the committee with the draft policy direction order intended for the Governor in Council or any other documents pertaining to the regulations of online broadcasting undertakings in relation to Bill C-10.

*The documents requested pursuant to this motion were submitted to the committee on March 11, 2021.

Text of the motion adopted on May 10, 2021:

That the committee:

  1. Asks the Minister of Justice to provide a revised Charter Statement on Bill C-10 as soon as possible, focusing on whether the committee’s changes to the Bill related to content uploaded by users of social media services have impacted the initial Charter Statement provided, in particular as it relates to section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms;
  2. Invites the Minister of Justice and Minister of Canadian Heritage, accompanied by relevant department officials, along with an expert panel consisting of one witness from each recognized party on the committee to appear before the committee, as soon as possible, to discuss the revised Charter Statement and any implication of amendments made by the committee to the Bill; and
  3. Suspends the clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-10 until the completion of points 1 and 2.
Next steps:

Ministers Guilbeault and Lametti, accompanied by officials, are expected to appear before the committee on May 14, 2021 in relation to this motion.

Motions adopted by the committee

Text of the motion moved by Hang Dong (LPC) adopted on March 26, 2021:

In light of recent reports showing that since March 2020 more than 1,100 attacks against Canadians of Asian descent have been reported; that over 500 of those attacks occurred in the first two months of this year alone; that children, youth and seniors are most likely to be affected by incidents of physical assault; and that this coincides with a global rise of anti-Asian racism, including the killing of 6 Asian-American women in Georgia; that pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) the committee undertake a study of at least three meetings to review the rise of anti-Asian racism in Canada; that the committee report its findings and recommendations to the House no later than 180 calendar days from the adoption of this motion; and that, pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee request that the government table a comprehensive response.

Next steps:

The committee has yet to hold meetings in relation to this motion.

Text of the motion adopted on April 12, 2021:

That the Committee devote at least one meeting before the summer recess to hear from witnesses on the continuing challenges for publishers, creators and artists as it pertains to fair compensation for their work in the field of educational publishing in Canada.

Next steps:

The committee has yet to hold meetings in relation to this motion.

Motions adopted by the House of Commons

Text of the motion adopted by by unanimous consent on April 28, 2021:

That, following the allegations of psychological abuse, neglect, sexual harassment and racial discrimination of five former members of the Canada Artistic Swimming (CAS) Senior National Team by coaches and staff, the House:

  1. recognize that national sports organizations are environments which, due in particular to the extremely intense competitive atmosphere and the presence of coaches with authority over the athletes, present a significant risk of psychological abuse and harassment, neglect, sexual harassment and discrimination;
  2. recognize that it is the responsibility of the government to do everything in its power to protect our high performance athletes from situations of abuse and harassment and that the ethical foundations of Sport Canada Strategy on Ethical Sport be respected; and
  3. ask the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage to undertake a study on the establishment of an independent body for handling complaints in sport which will establish a climate of trust so that victims can report without fear of reprisals.
Next steps:

The committee has yet to hold meetings in relation to this motion.

Work during the 43rd Parliament, 1st Session

Ongoing studies at time of prorogation

2020-21 Main Estimates

Text of the motion adopted on March 9, 2020:

That the committee invite the Minister to appear, at his earliest convenience, in relation to the study of the Main Estimates 2020-21, and that the meeting be televised.

Appearance:

Minister Guilbeault accepted the invitation and was expected to appear on May 6, 2020 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Creation and implementation of new measures to address online hate

Text of the motion adopted on February 26, 2020 (moved by Anthony Housefather - LPC):

That the committee undertake a study of the creation and implementation of new measures for online media platforms and internet service providers requiring them to monitor, address and remove content that constitutes hate speech and remove any other content which is illegal in Canada or prohibited by the Criminal Code such as incitement of violence, incitement of genocide, creation or distribution of terrorist propaganda and exploitation of children, in a timely manner; that the committee hold no less than four meetings on this subject with relevant witnesses; and that the committee report its findings to the House.

Appearance:

On March 9, 2020 the Committee adopted a motion inviting officials.

PCH accepted the invitation and suggested to the committee clerk that Public Safety Canada and the Department of Justice appear at the same time. The Chair of the committee accepted the suggestion. Date of appearance to be determined.

Background from the 42nd Parliament:

In May 2019, the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights (JUST) undertook a study on online hate. The Committee’s mandate for this study was to focus on a number of solutions, including, but not limited to, finding potential amendments to various Acts that could help stem the propagation of hateful acts and the enticement of hatred on online platforms.

The Committee held seven me (7) meetings and heard from 59 witnesses, including PCH officials on May 30, 2019.

On June 17, 2019, the Committee tabled its report entitled: Taking action to end online hate (PDF format), which includes nine (9) recommendations.

A government response was requested but was never tabled due to the dissolution of Parliament.

Upcoming Studies

Access to sport activities and facilities in rural and remote communities

Text of the motion adopted on February 24, 2020:

That the committee undertake a comprehensive study of access to sport activities and facilities in rural and remote communities in Canada; that the study include, but not be limited to, the current state of sports infrastructure in rural and remote communities and of athletic associations in these communities, the effects of having access to sports on youth development, community development, and the quality of life in communities, the feasibility of sports teams in these communities, as well as measures that the government can take to support growing access to sport in rural and remote communities (including Indigenous rural and remote communities); that the witness list include Department of Canadian Heritage officials, regional and national sport organizations, municipal representatives from rural and remote communities, provincial representatives responsible for sport and heritage; that the committee hold no less than four meetings on this subject; and that the committee report its findings to the House.

National culture of safe sport

Text of the motion adopted on February 24, 2020 (moved by Lyse Bessette – LPC):

That the committee undertake a study of how best to ensure a national culture of safe sport consisting of both physical safety and sporting environments free of harassment, abuse and discrimination; that the committee hold at least three meetings on this subject with relevant witnesses; and that the committee report its findings to the House.

Background from the 42nd Parliament

Motion M-206 presented by Mr. Peterson (LPC) on the level of fitness and physical activity of youth was adopted by the House of Commons on February 27, 2019.

The Standing Committee on Health (HESA) was instructed to undertake a study on the level of fitness and physical activity of youth in Canada.

HESA adopted a motion to establish the Subcommittee on Sports-Related Concussions in Canada (SCSC) in order to develop recommendations on how to better protect athletes from concussions and make sport safer for youth in Canada.

SCSC held 13 meetings and heard from 42 witnesses, including PCH officials on May 1, 2019. Testimony provided the perspectives of athletes and their families, sports organizations, health care providers, researchers, injury prevention specialists and government.

On June 3, 2019, HESA tabled a report entitled: Tackling the problem head-on: Sports-related concussions in Canada. The report includes 13 recommendations focussed on:

On March 9, 2020, HESA re-adopted the report and requested a Government Response, which must be tabled before July 7, 2020.

Museum Accreditation (repatriation of Indigenous cultural artefacts)

Text of the motion adopted on March 9, 2020:

That the committee undertake a study on the process through which Indigenous institutions receive accreditation as a museum in Canada, that the study determine what impact accreditation as a museum has on the repatriation of Indigenous cultural artefacts, that the committee hold no fewer than two meetings on this subject, and that the committee report its findings to the House.

Upcoming Motions

Re-adoption of the Shifting Paradigms report

Text of the upcoming motion (raised by Steven Blaney - CPC on February 19, 2020):

Asking for a government response to the report entitled: Shifting Paradigms tabled in the House of Commons on May 15, 2019 on remuneration models for artists and creative Industries.

Mr. Blaney did not officially move his motion and the notice died at the prorogation of Parliament.

Past meetings

Minister Guilbeault’s appearance on his mandate letter

Meeting on February 26, 2020

Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel

Text of the motion:

That the committee invite the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel to present the report "Canada’s communications future: Time to act".

Meeting on February 24, 2020.

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