AGRI - Parliamentary Context - AGRI Ministerial Appearance on the Government’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic - May 22, 2020


The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and departmental officials have been invited to appear at the Standing Committee on Agriculture (AGRI) on Friday May 22, 2020, to support the committee’s study on the Canadian response to the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on temporary foreign workers in the agricultural and agri-food sector. The Minister will appear from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with three IRCC departmental officials and one ESDC official (2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.). The Minister will be provided a maximum of 7 minutes for his opening remarks at the beginning of the meeting.

The text of the motion from the AGRI meeting on May 8, 2020 inviting the Minister is as follows:

The following IRCC officials will support the Minister and remain to answer questions for the second hour of the meeting:

The Minister and IRCC officials will be supported by the following ESDC official:

Ministerial correspondence

MP Peter Kent, MP John Barlow, and MP Albas (CPC)

MP Richard Lehoux (CPC)

MP Jenny Kwan (NDP)

MP Christine Normandin (BQ)

Media and news

Recent media attention has been largely focused on:

Parliamentary committee meetings

Recent questions of interest at parliamentary committees include the following:

Standing Committee on Agriculture (AGRI):

Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic (COVI)

Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA)

Standing on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU)

Standing Committee on Health (HESA)

Standing Committee on National Finance (NFFN)

Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (SOCI)

Other parliamentary debates

May 15, 2020 - Committee of the Whole

May 15, 2020 - Third Reading Statements

May 15, 2020 - Question Period in the Senate

Committee undertakings

May 8, 2020 - Ministerial appearance at the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA)

  1. Backlog of asylum claimants
  2. Economic impact of the TFWP by province
  3. Processing time and backlog in various work permit and visa categories, including for expired work permit applications
  4. Impact of receiving emergency government assistance on immigration
  5. Number of new work permits by skill level classification since March 15, 2020
  6. Number of TFWs expected to arrive in May and June
  7. Number of work permits renewed in Canada since March 15, 2020

April 22, 2020 – At the Standing Committee on Health (HESA), two questions of interest were asked by MP Paul-Hus (CPC) and were assigned to IRCC as undertakings:

  1. Border crossings and changes to STCA measures
  2. Cost of hotels for asylum claimants

Parliamentary returns

The Department has not received any Parliamentary Returns related to the impacts of COVID-19 on immigration.

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