Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 20, 2009 16:14 ET

Minister Ambrose Marks International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 20, 2009) - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Labour, today recognized the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination by underlining the importance of equality and diversity in the workplace.

"Whether it's in the workplace, the schoolyard or elsewhere, racial stereotypes and prejudices impose a cost on all society," said Minister Ambrose. "Our government is taking a stand against racial discrimination to ensure that all Canadians can make a strong contribution to a productive economy and a cohesive society."

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination aims to increase awareness of the harmful effects of racism on an international scale. By recognizing the importance of this day, the Government of Canada demonstrates its commitment to fostering respect, equality and diversity.

The Minister of Labour actively promotes workplaces free from discrimination through the Employment Equity Act. Employment equity is an ongoing planning process used by employers to put in place positive policies and practices to ensure appropriate representation of women, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal people and members of visible minorities. Employers are provided with general information on employment equity programs, tools and resources, as well as information on the legislation.

People who face racism in the workplace are not able to achieve their full potential. As a consequence, skills are not fully utilized, productivity suffers, and so does our potential for prosperity as a country.

"The Government of Canada is successfully implementing the Racism-Free Workplace Strategy to ensure that Canadian workers are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve in a productive and inclusive workplace," said Minister Ambrose. "Together, by promoting diverse workplaces, we can ensure that Canadian workplaces are safe, healthy and productive, that Canadian businesses remain strong, and that workers and employers can succeed in the current economy and in the future."

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Contact Information

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