Government of Canada

Government of Canada
Office of the Minister of Labour

Office of the Minister of Labour
Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

August 24, 2006 09:54 ET

Human Resources and Social Development Canada: Media Advisory

More than 1.4 million Canadians reported that they have experienced racial discrimination.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 24, 2006) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, will undertake a national tour of five city centres-visiting employers, employees and community organizations-to promote fair, inclusive and racism-free workplaces.

The Minister of Labour is responsible for implementing the Employment Equity Act, now in its 20th year. This tour is an opportunity to celebrate Racism-free workplaces, share best practices and discuss challenges for the future.

Please note that all details are subject to change. All times are local.

Media representatives who would like to arrange an interview with Minister Blackburn are asked to contact his office at the number listed below.

DATE: From Monday, August 28, 2006 to
Friday, September 1, 2006

PLACE: Vancouver (BC) on Monday, August 28th
Calgary (AB) on Tuesday, August 29th
Toronto (ON) on Wednesday, August 30th
Montreal (QC) on Thursday, August 31st
Halifax (NS) on Friday, September 1st

Why the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn is touring Canada to promote
fair and inclusive workplaces that are racism-free.

Because . . .

- More than 1.4 million Canadians reported being subject to racial
(Statistics Canada's Survey on Ethnic Diversity, 2003).

- The workplace is the most common location where racism is

- Race based complaints represent 36% of all complaints filed under
Canada's Human Rights Act
(Canadian Human Rights Commission Report).

- One in six of Canadians adults (17% or approximately 4,000,000)
report that they have personally been the victims of racism
(Ipsos-Reid survey, March 21, 2005).

Not only that but . . .

- With declining birth rates and an aging population, Canada will
depend on immigration for continued economic growth.

- In 2004-05 immigration in Canada accounted for more than 65% of
the total population growth.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Blackburn
    Pierre Florea, Director
    Parliamentary Affairs and Communications
    (819) 997-7826
    Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    (819) 994-5559