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Lib. (ON)
Yes, of course. Thank you for the question.
I'd also like to thank the committee for having me here today, once again.
Yesterday, we made a wonderful announcement about the social finance fund. The $755 million was set aside for the fund in the 2018 budget. At the same time, we announced the three senior fund managers who will administer this fund: CAP Finance in Quebec, as well as Boann Social Impact and Realize Capital Partners in the rest of Canada.
The purpose of the fund is to support social enterprises so that they can expand their influence and activities on the ground. We have a lot of social enterprises across Canada, and they have an incredible influence on food security, affordable housing and the environment. We really want to make sure they have the financial support they need.
The fund's other major purpose is not only to fund initiatives that will actually help communities in Canada, but also restore private investors' confidence and show them they can make good investments. Yesterday, we announced that fund managers will be receiving $400 million from the government. Since their goal is to attract double that amount, those funds will help attract $800 million in additional investments to support social enterprises here in Canada.
View Karina Gould Profile
Lib. (ON)
With regard to the SDGs, that is part of the ongoing public awareness work that we're doing for the SDGs. One of the things Canada has decided to do this year at the high-level political forum in New York is a voluntary national review of our progress toward the SDGs, and we'll be doing that this July.
When it comes to the intersection of poverty and food insecurity, the last time I was here I talked about the fact that both the national advisory council on poverty and the food policy council would be having a joint meeting. They had their first joint meeting on May 18. I haven't yet received a readout from that. It was kind of an exploratory conversation to see how they could work further together. I anticipate getting that readout soon, and I anticipate that they will be doing further work together.
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Lib. (ON)
It's a great question.
As I was mentioning, yesterday we announced the three fund managers who are going to be working through that: CAP Finance for Quebec, and Boann Social Impact and Realize Capital Partners in the rest of Canada. They are just getting set up right now, but they will be launching a web portal as well, where social purpose organizations, whether they be the not-for-profit sector, charitable organizations or social enterprises, can get more information.
We also have the investment readiness program, which is run through about 20 different partners across the country. For example, Community Foundations of Canada is one of them. They have helped support over 1,100 not-for-profit and charitable organizations in getting ready to apply for investments, some of which are food security organizations that are doing really tremendous work when it comes to food recovery and reducing food waste.
Absolutely, there is huge potential here. What I am particularly excited about, with regard to this new social finance fund, is that it's a vote of confidence from the Government of Canada, and it will hopefully attract other private investors to see that they too can make investments that have a social impact and that do a social good in our country.
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Lib. (ON)
You will have to ask Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, because it's an IRCC initiative.
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Lib. (ON)
Well, I think that every 10 years we have to update the Canadian passport. That's for security purposes. In fact, it's best practice internationally to do so at least every 10 years, if not more often, because we want to ensure that the Canadian travel document remains something that has the highest integrity. That's really important.
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Lib. (ON)
I think it's important to note that.... Well, I can actually answer the question the way I choose. Every 10 years we have to redesign the passport. It's important that it is completely redesigned, because we don't want to have anything that could be fraudulent. There was an extensive consultation with Canadians. That's my understanding.
If you have further questions on this, I'm sure the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada would be happy to respond to them.
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Lib. (ON)
Actually, I didn't say any of those things. Those are words you've put in my mouth. I think it's important to have that be clear on the record.
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Lib. (ON)
My understanding is that it was because that was redundant in the clause that it was put in. It was already implied, and that's why it didn't move forward as such. It was repetitive.
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Lib. (ON)
That is precisely why we're moving forward with the Canada-wide agreement to create 250,000 additional spaces. This is exactly one of the reasons this is so important.
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Lib. (ON)
Those words remain in the bill in other places. It's a question of having integrity throughout the piece of legislation. It doesn't have to be repeated several times for it to remain within the legislation.
Regardless, that's also why we have committed to creating 250,000 spaces, 50,000 of which have already been created. We recognize that for this program to be a success, parents need to be able to access it.
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Lib. (ON)
Of course, Mr. Long.
Also, to those who are affected by wildfires, we just want them to know that the Government of Canada is there to support them.
We have been very deliberate at Service Canada, for example, to ensure that folks who have had to flee because of wildfires have easier access to EI. They are not required to provide an ROE when applying for their EI. We're working very closely with folks to get them onto direct deposit, understanding that a cheque that might be sent might not make it if they have to leave their home.
We are geotargeting with advertising online to make sure that information is available to them.
We've set up additional points of service in nearby communities to make sure they are supported, but we really want to ensure that people get access to the benefits they need.
I know Service Canada has also reached out to employers, temporary foreign workers, and Canada summer jobs to do wellness checks and to make sure they're there to support them through this very difficult time.
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Lib. (ON)
Yes, of course. Thank you for the question.
As we've said before on this committee, it's not necessarily a change in policy, but rather an application of policy. It is important for us, as the Government of Canada, to protect the personal information of Canadians.
As far as MP access to this information is concerned, I will follow up with the departments, because it's important to ensure that Canadians who run into problems with Service Canada programs, whether it be employment insurance or others, can turn to their MPs for help.
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Lib. (ON)
In the legislation, there's already a provision for an annual report from the minister to Parliament, so again, it's about the coherence of the legislation. Through the Canada-wide early learning and child care agreements that we signed with provinces and territories, they are required to provide this data to the federal government, and that's complementary to the legislation.
Again, it's about coherence and not doubling up.
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