It being 3:30, I call the meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting number 55 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee will resume its study of the subject matter of supplementary estimates (B), 2022-23: vote 1b under Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, as well as votes 1b and 5b under Department of Employment and Social Development, and the service standards for passport renewal.
Today's meeting is taking place in a hybrid format, meaning there will be members and witnesses appearing in the room and virtually online.
I would ask you to direct all your questions or inquiries through the chair and wait until I recognize you before speaking. You have the option to speak in the official language of your choice. If interpretation services are interrupted or there is a problem, please get my attention. We will suspend while they are being corrected.
I will remind those attending virtually that if there's an issue with your headset and it has not been approved by the House of Commons, then I will not recognize you. You will be able to participate for voting but not verbally in the meeting. That's for the benefit of those providing translation services. Again, all comments must be addressed through me.
We will begin with the subject matter of supplementary estimates (B).
I would like to welcome our witnesses, beginning with Minister Karina Gould, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. We have in the room Jean-François Tremblay, deputy minister; Karen Robertson, chief financial officer and senior assistant deputy minister; Catherine Adam, senior assistant deputy minister; Tammy Bélanger, senior assistant deputy minister; Cliff Groen, associate deputy minister; Karen Hall, associate assistant deputy minister; Mary Crescenzi, assistant deputy minister; and Mary Ann Triggs, assistant deputy minister, Service Canada.
We will begin. I will advise committee members that we have a 15-minute extension to this first hour because of a communication problem at the last meeting. That 15 minutes will be added to the end of the first hour.
We'll begin with Minister Gould.
Minister, you have up to five minutes to make an opening comment. You have the floor.