Today, federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for labour met to discuss current and emerging labour issues and the evolution of the modern workplace. The annual meeting was co-hosted by the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Federal Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, and the Honourable Kelly Regan, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education for Nova Scotia.
The ministers covered a number of shared issues related to young workers, including options to better protect youth in the workplace and new approaches to connect with youth. Our competitive labour market poses special challenges for young workers entering the workforce. Continued collaboration between employers, industry, training partners and governments are critical to providing safe and healthy workplaces and meaningful employment for youth.
The discussions showed links between safe and healthy workplaces, job creation and economic development. Ministers recognized the profound impact psychological health and safety issues have on Canadian workers, businesses and the economy. They agreed to raise awareness of psychological health and safety issues in their jurisdictions and to promote initiatives that address the psychological health and safety of workers. Preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace, including psychological health and safety issues, is an essential component of the health, well-being and economic success of Canadians. The Ministers also discussed issues concerning International Labour Organization conventions and labour provisions of trade agreements.
“Our Government is committed to keeping Canada on the path towards long-term growth, economic prosperity, and job creation. The well-being of workers and strength of employers is integral to Canada’s economy. I’m confident that the constructive discussions that took place today will benefit workers and employers and will help ensure they are ready to tackle the challenges of tomorrow’s economy.”
– The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
"Government values the critical work of employees and employers. They are our most valuable resources, and key to growing our economy. I am happy to have had the opportunity to meet with my federal, provincial and territorial counterparts to discuss ways to better protect our workforces. Everyone has a role to play in making workplace safety a priority - because every person who gets up and goes to work has the right to come home safely at the end of the day.”
– The Honourable Kelly Regan, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education for Nova Scotia.
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Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.P.
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women