Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

September 25, 2007 15:17 ET

Canada's New Government stands up for the Canadian Reserve Force

Minister Blackburn launches national dialogue towards reintegration strategy

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Sept. 25, 2007) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today announced Canada's New Government is initiating a dialogue to ensure reservists are successfully reintegrated into the Canadian workforce.

"Canada's New Government is committed to doing everything possible to ensure that the men and women of the Canadian Reserve Force who serve our country are well supported when they return to civilian working life. They deserve it," said Minister Blackburn.

There are over 33,000 reservists living in hundreds of communities across Canada. Approximately 2,500 of these reservists are on active duty at any given time, and many are students. However, those who are employed in full-time jobs elsewhere comprise the largest segment of the Canadian Reserve Force.

Minister Blackburn addressed the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce to launch a national dialogue with stakeholders. Later in the day, Minister Blackburn spoke with active serving reservists from the 17 Wing Reserve Unit on Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, as well as with reservists attending the Air Reserve Training Seminar.

Canadian Reserve Force personnel play a vital role in protecting Canada's interests at home and abroad. Reservists have been called upon frequently to contribute to international peace, stability and human security throughout the world. They have also come to the aid of Canadians in times of crisis, such as the Winnipeg and Saguenay floods, and the Ice Storm of 1998. In doing so, reservists take time away from not only their jobs and careers but from their families and friends.

"Let's do everything we can to ensure that no reservist who wears our military uniform should ever have to go directly from the front line to the unemployment line," added Minister Blackburn.

Canada's New Government is engaging in a dialogue to hear the perspectives of other jurisdictions and interested stakeholders to move forward on implementing a strategy to ensure reservists reintegrate into the Canadian workforce successfully.

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Contact Information

  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    Office of Minister Blackburn
    Emma Welford