Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

February 19, 2010 11:30 ET

Minister Finley Meets With Community Leaders to Discuss Phase II of Canada's Economic Action Plan

STRATFORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2010) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Regional Minister for Southwestern Ontario, today met with key stakeholders and members of the community to discuss the current and future economic and employment situation, with a focus on jobs of the future, skills requirements, and labour market issues.

"While Canada's economic recovery is still fragile, we must now look ahead to future challenges and opportunities to ensure Canada is best positioned to maximize economic growth," said Minister Finley. "Our government's priority in the next session of Parliament will continue to be effective implementation of Canada's Economic Action Plan because many Canadians are still suffering from the impact of the global recession. These consultations will help guide us forward, ensuring the economy grows as quickly as possible once the recovery takes hold."

At today's meeting, stakeholders clearly indicated that in addition to fighting the immediate impact of the global economic recession, the Government of Canada, along with Canadians and employers, needs to look at the future to ensure the prosperity of the country.

"Stratford is in a unique position to take advantage of the transition to a knowledge-based economy," said Craig Thompson, President of Ballinran Productions, a television and digital content producer. "Digital media is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, worth a projected US$ 2.2 trillion over the next five years. The Stratford area has the creative talent to take advantage of that growth, to create jobs and give intellectual property their shape and value in the new economy."

Initiatives introduced under Canada's Economic Action Plan have been implemented rapidly and effectively to help Canadians and their families weather the economic storm, protect and create jobs, and prepare Canadians for the jobs of the future. These measures provide support and vital resources to those Canadians who need them most, and are helping to strengthen the economy.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559