MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA, Nov. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - During an address to the
Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (IACML), the Honourable
Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of
Women, discussed Canada's labour market challenges.
"One of the greatest challenges for the Canadian economy is the current
skills mismatch," said Minister Leitch. "In Canada, there is high
demand for certain skilled roles in some sectors and regions, and high
unemployment in others. As more and more jobs are created in Canada, we
need to make sure we are creating safe, fair and productive
workplaces," said Minister Leitch.
Established by the Organization of American States in 1963, the IACML is
the only hemispheric forum that brings ministries of labour together to
address labour-related issues and challenges common to all countries of
Since 2001, labour ministers have been meeting every two years to
discuss common topics of concern including labour law inspection,
non-discrimination in the workplace, youth employment, employment
equity and occupational health and safety. This forum allows all the
countries of the Americas to work together to build stronger workplaces
and economies through sharing information and forging partnerships.
"Canada places a high priority on our engagement in the Americas: we are
committed to increasing mutual economic opportunity, strengthening
security and institutions and building lasting relationships for the
future," said Minister Leitch in her address. "The IACML provides an
opportunity for Canada to work with our partner countries in the
Americas to ensure mutual prosperity within the region and achieve
greater levels of international cooperation on labour issues."
The Labour Program develops, administers and enforces workplace
legislation and regulations, such as the Canada Labour Code, that cover
industrial relations, health and safety, and employment standards for
federally regulated workers and employers.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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