Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

May 08, 2009 13:15 ET

Minister Ambrose Highlights Importance of Workplace Health and Safety

THORHILD, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 8, 2009) - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Labour, today visited representatives and members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 955 as part of a tour to promote the benefits of having safe and healthy workplaces.

"Canada's economic success depends on our having safe, healthy and productive workplaces," said Minister Ambrose. "The Government of Canada is committed to helping ensure that business owners and workers have the tools and resources they need to help our country weather these challenging times and foster prosperity in the future."

During the visit, Minister Ambrose highlighted the importance of health and safety in keeping Canada's labour force strong and competitive, as well as recent regulatory changes to help prevent injuries and illness in the workplace. These include new violence prevention regulations and ergonomic provisions for employers under federal jurisdiction.

Minister Ambrose also took the opportunity to discuss the Racism-Free Workplace Strategy, which aims to promote open and inclusive workplaces by fostering respect, equality and diversity.

The visit with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 955 included a tour of the Pipeline School, a training centre where individuals learn skills such as the use of earth moving equipment.

Today's visit to the training centre follows a recent six-city tour that brought Minister Ambrose to Moncton, Halifax, Toronto, Fort Erie and Niagara Falls to highlight the Government of Canada's commitment to improving occupational health and safety.

"Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, our government is committed to ensuring that our country emerges from the current global economic turbulence stronger than ever," said Minister Ambrose. "At the same time, we are also committed to ensuring that Canada's workplaces are safe, healthy and productive places for Canadians to work and for businesses to thrive."

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Ambrose
    Jonah Mozeson
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office