Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

September 17, 2010 14:08 ET

Government of Canada Strengthens International Labour Partnerships

Minister Raitt wraps up successful four-country visit to Latin America

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2010) - Today, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Minister of Labour, concluded a ten-day, four-country visit to Latin A merica, which took her to Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. During her trip, Minister Raitt met with her counterparts and a range of stakeholders, including business and labour representatives, to discuss international labour issues.

"Our government is committed to working with our international partners to achieve greater levels of international labour cooperation on issues such as occupational health and safety, and positive labour relations," said Minister Raitt. "As countries across the globe continue their economic recovery, sharing Canada's expertise on key labour issues will help to increase the strength and competitiveness of businesses here in Latin America and around the world."

During the visit, Minister Raitt renewed the Canada-Brazil Memorandum of Understanding on Labour Cooperation, allowing the parties to learn about each other's services for workers and employers. Minister Raitt also participated in events with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Mexico and Brazil and visited several Government of Canada-funded technical assistance projects in the Americas.

The Government of Canada, through 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 International Labour Organization.

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Contact Information

  • Jocelyne Turner
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Raitt
    819-953-5646
    or
    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559