Overview of the work done by the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (43rd Parliament)

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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 (PDF format) 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.

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.

Upcoming studies

Impact of COVID-19 on the Arts, Culture, Heritage and Sport Sectors

Text of the motion adopted on Friday, October 23rd:

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:

  1. draw up a clear picture of the impacts of the pandemic on their activities;
  2. better identify their needs during the current crisis;
  3. identify gaps in federal aid programs;
  4. identify better support to these sectors which are disproportionally affected by the pandemic to better suit to their reality; and
  5. 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.
Next steps:

Appearance of PCH officials on October 30, 2020 for one hour

2020-21 Main Estimates

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

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.

Next steps:

Appearance of Minister Guilbeault and PCH officials on November 6, 2020

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