Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 02, 2011 10:39 ET

Minister Raitt Engages Labour Ministers from the Americas on Economic and Social Recovery

SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR--(Marketwire - Nov. 2, 2011) - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Labour Minister, announced that the Government of Canada will provide additional funding for the Inter-American Network for Labour Administration. Minister Raitt made the announcement at the 17th Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labour (IACML) forum where she discussed labour-related issues and the economic recovery with her international counterparts.

"It is a pleasure to share the Government of Canada's experience and views on putting jobs at the heart of strategies to create a strong, sustainable, and balanced economy," said Minister Raitt. "We are striving to build the labour force of the future, while ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to reach their full potential."

The Government of Canada will provide $200,000 in funding over the next two years to the Inter-American Network for Labour Administration, which is the cooperation and technical assistance mechanism of the IACML. This funding is in addition to the $1.6 million over four years that the Government of Canada had previously provided.

During the Conference, Canada was elected Chair of the IACML working group designed to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Ministries of Labour and promote decent work and social inclusion. This is one of two working groups that the IACML has established to analyse shared priorities, share information and good practices, and follow up on initiatives. The other working group will examine work by the Ministries of Labour that advances economic and social recovery.

Over the past decade, Canada has played a key role in the IACML through financial contributions and active participation in IACML events, including the sharing of best practices.

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Contact Information

  • Ashley Kelahear
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Raitt
    819-953-5646

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559