Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

May 19, 2009 18:00 ET

Minister Ambrose Highlights Importance of Workplace Health and Safety

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 19, 2009) - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Labour, today visited employees of Purolator Courier Ltd. as part of a tour to promote the benefits of having safe and healthy workplaces.

"The Government of Canada is determined to help workers and businesses succeed in today's economy," said Minister Ambrose. "Finding ways to prevent injury and illness in the workplace is an important part of keeping Canada's labour force strong, healthy and competitive."

During the visit, Minister Ambrose highlighted the importance of health and safety, 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 Purolator Courier employees included a guided tour of the facility. The Edmonton trip follows a recent tour that brought Minister Ambrose to Moncton, Halifax, Toronto, Fort Erie, Niagara Falls and Thorhild, Alberta, 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
    819-953-5646
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559
    or
    Labour Program Web site:
    www.Labour.gc.ca