TORONTO, March 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Speaking at the sixth annual Women in
Mining international reception, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's
Labour Minister, outlined the importance of expanding Canada's
workforce to include more women in non-traditional roles.
"Canada's mining sector is a vital contributor to our economic
prosperity, yet the industry faces skills and labour shortages," said
Minister Raitt. "To remain competitive it must open the door to more
women, who continue to be an untapped resource. Encouraging employers
to take full advantage of Canada's diverse workforce contributes to the
She also pointed to the need for work-life balance to attract more
workers. "Younger people, both male and female alike, generally prefer
employment opportunities that can accommodate the responsibilities of
having a family. Traditional roles have shifted and these are no longer
simply women's issues," added Minister Raitt.
The reception was hosted by Women in Mining Canada during the
Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's international
convention, trade show and investors exchange. The Association,
established in 1932, protects and promotes the interests of the
Canadian mineral exploration sector. It also provides advocacy,
information and networking services to its members. The Association's
annual convention draws thousands of participants from across the
The Labour Program develops, administers and enforces workplace
legislation and regulations, such as the Canada Labour Code—which covers industrial relations, health, safety and employment
standards for federally regulated workers and employers—and the Employment Equity Act.
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SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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