Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 08, 2010 16:30 ET

Minister Finley Meets With Community Leaders to Discuss Phase II of Canada's Economic Action Plan

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - Feb. 8, 2010) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today met with key stakeholders and members of the community to discuss the current and future economic and employment situation, with a focus on jobs of the future, skills requirements, and labour market issues.

"While Canada's economic recovery is still fragile, we must now look ahead to future challenges and opportunities to ensure Canada is best positioned to maximize economic growth," said Minister Finley. "Our government's priority in the next session of Parliament will continue to be effective implementation of Canada's Economic Action Plan because many Canadians are still suffering from the impact of the global recession. These consultations will help guide us forward, ensuring the economy grows as quickly as possible once the recovery takes hold."

At today's meeting, stakeholders clearly indicated that in addition to fighting the immediate impact of the global economic recession, the Government of Canada, along with Canadians and employers, needs to look at the future to ensure the prosperity of the country.

"As a company with a long history in the North, we are committed to working with communities and governments to develop a stronger and more competitive economy," said Paul Flaherty, Northwestel President and Chief Executive Officer. "Northwestel has a number of programs that work to increase job-related skills and education across the North for our employees and other northerners. We were pleased to participate in this roundtable and offer our ideas on how we can move forward together into the future."

Initiatives introduced under Canada's Economic Action Plan have been implemented rapidly and effectively to help Canadians and their families weather the economic storm, protect and create jobs, and prepare Canadians for the jobs of the future. These measures provide support and vital resources to those Canadians who need them most, and are helping to strengthen the economy.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office