TORONTO, May 15, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Labour
Minister, spoke to attendees at the Arthritis Society Walk to Fight
Arthritis Media Launch 2013. Minister Raitt highlighted the
Government's commitment to healthier, safer and more inclusive
workplaces while raising awareness of issues surrounding arthritis.
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in Canada among women and
the second among men. Approximately 100 000 Canadians are diagnosed
with arthritis each year, and about 60 percent of Canadians dealing
with the disease are under age 65.
Arthritis is estimated to cost the Canadian economy $33 billion
"Workplaces across the country should provide all individuals with the
opportunity to achieve their full potential and contribute to Canada's
economic prosperity," said Minister Raitt. "Both employers and
employees have a role to play in creating workplaces where everyone's
needs are accommodated and respected."
The Arthritis Society is Canada's only not-for-profit organization
dedicated to providing and promoting arthritis education, community
support and research-based solutions to the over 4.6 million Canadians
living with arthritis.
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.
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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