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Minutes of Proceedings

44th Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 82
Thursday, November 2, 2023, 11:04 a.m. to 1:04 p.m.
Francis Scarpaleggia, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Marlisa Tiedemann, Analyst
• Sarah Yakobowski, Analyst
As an individual
• Benoit Barbeau, Full Professor, Polytechnique Montréal
Atlantic First Nations Water Authority Inc.
• Carl Yates, Interim Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Environmental Law Association
• Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director
• Laura Tanguay, Water Policy Coordinator
Canadian Water and Wastewater Association
• Robert Haller, Executive Director
• Hiran Sandanayake, Chair, Climate Change Committee
Environmental Defence Canada
• Michelle Woodhouse, Program Manager, Freshwater and Great Lakes Protections
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
• Alison Morris, Coordinator, Invading Species Awareness Program
• Mark Ryckman, Manager of Policy
Rural Municipality of South Qu'Appelle No. 157
• George Peslari, Reeve
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, the committee resumed its study of freshwater.

Carl Yates, Laura Tanguay and George Peslari made statements and, with Theresa McClenaghan, answered questions.

At 12:08 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:14 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Benoit Barbeau, Robert Haller, Michelle Woodhouse and Mark Ryckman made statements and answered questions.


Taylor Bachrach moved, — That, Canadians across the country are struggling with the cost of home heating;

The oil to heat pump incentive was recently increased to up to $15,000 for low- and median-income families in Atlantic Canada;

The federal heat pump rebate available to Canadians in the rest of the country is only $5,000, and involves a complex, bureaucratic application process; and,

Uptake for the Greener Homes program has not been adequate to meet the government’s stated greenhouse gas emission reduction ambitions;

The committee report to the House that it urges the government to increase and streamline heat pump incentives for all Canadians, eliminate GST on home heating across the country, and make big oil and gas companies pay for those measures with an excess profits tax.

Debate arose thereon.

On motion of Taylor Bachrach, it was agreed, — That the meeting be adjourned and that the debate on the motion resume on Tuesday, November 7, 2023.

At 1:04 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Natalie Jeanneault
Clerk of the committee