Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

December 23, 2008 14:35 ET

Ministers and Community Leaders Meet to Discuss Economic Action Plan

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 23, 2008) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today met with key stakeholders from Ontario and members of the community to discuss issues surrounding Canada's response to the current economy. In particular, participants discussed some potential opportunities that could be considered for early short-term implementation.

"The Government is currently taking stock, assessing the challenges and developing a course of action to effectively respond to the current situation. One of the best ways to find out what Canadians want and what their priorities are is to listen to them," said Minister Finley. "I was pleased to have had this opportunity to meet with a diverse group of people and to discuss our shared priorities for Canada's economic and social well-being."

Today's meeting concludes a 3-city tour to consult with stakeholders. At today's meeting, stakeholders clearly indicated that they shared the Government's concern for the growing number of workers who need help in adjusting to the current economic downturn and offered many helpful options for consideration.

The Minister met with Stakeholders in Halifax, Nova Scotia on December 18 and Vancouver, British Columbia via videoconference on December 19. Discussions at the meeting in Vancouver included subjects such as labour mobility, work sharing, the need to invest in people, flexible programming, timely implementation of programs and EI system reform. At all three meetings, there was a lot of thought provoking input into how to make sure Canadians get the support they need. Participants all agreed that Canada needs to come out of this downturn stronger in the long term.

Minister Finley also met with Minister Mark Parent, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development of Nova Scotia, Minister Richard Brown, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning for Prince Edward Island, Minister Donald Arseneault, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour for New Brunswick as well as Minister John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities for Ontario.

The Government of Canada saw the challenges ahead and has already taken decisive action to ensure Canada successfully manages this crisis. On January 27th, a Budget will be brought in containing additional measures to boost Canada's economy. In preparation for that Budget, the Government is consulting widely with Canadians, meeting with provinces and territories and working in collaboration with international partners.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Contact Information

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