OTTAWA, Feb. 5, 2016 /CNW/ - Following up on her commitment to strengthen partnerships between federal, provincial and territorial governments, the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, met with provincial and territorial labour ministers via videoconference earlier today.
The ministers talked about the need to provide Canadians with more flexible work arrangements to help balance home and work responsibilities. They also discussed opportunities for collaboration and the possibility of adopting similar approaches in their respective jurisdictions. Minister Mihychuk also spoke about her plans for consulting with Canadians on the subject, promising to share the results with her provincial and territorial counterparts.
Other items on the agenda included international labour issues and opportunities to harmonize certain federal, provincial and territorial health and safety regulations.
- The meeting of ministers responsible for labour provides a key forum for the discussion of labour policy and related issues. It enables participants to explore opportunities for cooperation on joint projects and initiatives.
- The federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for labour meet every September to discuss issues of mutual concern that they can work together to address. Throughout the year, their work continues through the Canadian Association of Administrators of Labour Legislation.
"My provincial and territorial colleagues and I had very productive exchanges on common labour priorities during today's meeting. Our renewed sense of collaboration will help us improve workplaces here at home and advance Canada's priorities on the international labour scene."
– The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
Labour Program International Affairs
The Canadian Association of Administrators of Labour Legislation (CAALL)
International Labour Organization
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