Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

September 09, 2010 14:00 ET

Minister Raitt Builds on International Labour Partnerships With Governments in Latin America

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2010) - Today, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour, delivered remarks to members of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Mexico during the first leg of her two-week visit to Latin America. Over the next two weeks, the Minister is travelling to Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Peru in order to meet with her Latin-American counterparts and highlight the benefits of labour partnerships with Canada.

"We are committed to working with the governments in the region to assist in the development of strong labour standards that will increase economic performance and productivity," said Minister Raitt, during her address. "We are proud to be partners with Mexico and the United States of America in a parallel labour accord to NAFTA that links labour standards to this international trade agreement."

Minister Raitt also participated in a bilateral meeting with her Mexican counterpart, the Honourable Javier Lozano Alarcón, Secretary of Labour. At this meeting, the two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to continuing labour partnerships through the North American Agreement on Labour Cooperation. Minister Raitt also met with business and union representatives and other partners on 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