Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

December 13, 2010 10:55 ET

Canada's Labour Minister Joins Ministers From the Americas to Discuss International Labour Issues

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 13, 2010) - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Labour Minister, will participate in the International Labour Organization's (ILO) 17th American Regional Meeting from December 14 to 17, 2010 in Santiago, Chile. She will meet with her counterparts in the Americas to discuss labour issues and priorities for ILO activities. They will also share experiences and best practices regarding the recovery from the global economic recession, and the creation of strong, sustained and balanced growth.

"Developing a strong and skilled workforce is essential to sustained economic growth, especially during challenging economic times," said Minister Raitt. "Canada has a great deal of expertise to share in this area, and through dialogue with our international partners, we can continue to develop sound programs and policies that support a jobs-focused recovery."

While in Chile, Minister Raitt will address the attendees during the plenary session. She will also participate in bilateral meetings with the Director General of the ILO and counterparts from the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Argentina and the Caribbean. In addition, the Minister will take part in a Ministerial Council Meeting under the Canada-Chile Labour Cooperation Agreement.

The Labour Program manages Canada's international labour affairs and represents the country in international discussion of matters such as the elimination of forced labour and child labour, workplace health and safety, industrial relations and employment standards. The Labour Program also negotiates and implements labour cooperation agreements with Canada's free trade partners and represents Canadian interests in multilateral organizations dealing with labour issues, including the ILO.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Raitt
    Michael Beaton
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office