Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 21, 2010 16:30 ET

Minister Finley Pleased With Discussions at G20 Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C.--(Marketwire - April 21, 2010) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today led discussions at a meeting during which G20 ministers shared information about preparing their workforces for the post-crisis economy.

"As a result of the quick action undertaken by our Government through our Economic Action Plan, Canada is leading the G20 as we emerge from this recession," said Diane Finley. "Our Government's top priority is to continue creating jobs and a skilled workforce to lead our recovery."

Minister Finley noted that G20 countries are all at different stages of development and have different experiences. However, despite their differences, all countries would like to prepare their citizens for the opportunities and challenges of the future by helping them acquire the skills they will need to compete in the labour market. The meeting delegates agreed that their countries' future prosperity will depend on employment and enhanced productivity.

In Canada, the federal government's Economic Action Plan focuses on building the jobs and industries of the future. It provides enhanced support for skills development, apprenticeships and training for Canadian workers. Currently, the Government of Canada invests over $4 billion annually for labour market training and since August 2009, the federal government has provided $2.3 billion in loans and grants to nearly 400,000 students.

"We are confident that this will best help us to meet our goal of creating the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible workforce," said Minister Finley.

In September 2009, G20 leaders directed labour and employment ministers to assess the evolving employment situation and the impact of policies their countries have already adopted, and the need for additional measures to create good jobs for citizens, now and in the future.

The objective of the meeting of labour and employment ministers was to develop a set of recommendations for G20 leaders under three themes:

  1. job creation and preservation initiatives;
  2. quality of work and social protection; and
  3. preparing the workforce for the post-crisis economy.

Results from the discussions will be forwarded for G20 leaders' consideration.

This news release is available in alternative formats on request. 

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office