Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

September 10, 2010 14:18 ET

Minister Raitt Attends First Ministerial Council Meeting in Peru

LIMA, PERU--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2010) - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Minister of Labour, will participate in the first Ministerial Council meeting under the Canada-Peru Agreement on Labour Cooperation. The Agreement is based on cooperation between the parties to promote and enforce fundamental labour principles and rights at work. 

"Our government believes that labour cooperation agreements, such as this one with Peru, help to foster shared labour standards abroad," said Minister Raitt. "Canada actively takes a leadership role with international organizations to encourage respect for internationally recognized labour principles and healthy and productive workplaces."

While in Peru, Minister Raitt will participate in the closing ceremony of a Government of Canada-funded project to train Peruvian labour inspectors. She will also meet with a number of partners and business representatives to discuss issues such as occupational health and safety and positive labour relations. 

The Government of Canada, through the Labour Program, manages Canada's international labour affairs and represents the country in international discussion of matters such as the elimination of forced labour and child labour, workplace health and safety, industrial relations and employment standards. The Labour Program also negotiates and implements labour cooperation agreements with Canada's free trade partners and represents Canadian interests in multilateral organizations dealing with labour issues, including the International Labour Organization.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Raitt
    Jocelyne Turner
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office