GENEVA, Switzerland, June 10, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie
Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, commended
the International Labour Organization today for its efforts to
eliminate forced labour worldwide. She made these remarks in her
plenary speech at the 103rd Session of the International Labour
Conference. This year's discussions provided an opportunity to take
stock of current labour issues, identify successful initiatives and
consider future directions.
In her plenary speech, Minister Leitch acknowledged the challenges
facing the world of work and underlined the importance of supporting
enterprises, workers and families.
The Minister also spoke about Canada's interest in exploring ways for
governments to ensure safe and orderly labour migration. She reinforced
the need for ethical recruitment of migrant workers by combatting
exploitative practices, such as charging migrant workers excessive
The International Labour Conference is an annual meeting attended by
ministers, ambassadors and representatives of governments, workers and
employers from the International Labour Organization's 185 member
Each member state is represented by a delegation consisting of two
government delegates, an employer delegate, a worker delegate and their
The Labour Funding Program is a grants and contributions program that
supports Canada's commitments in workplace health and safety, workplace
equity and international labour affairs. It came into force on
April 1, 2012. The budget for fiscal year 2014-2015 is $1.7 million.
Since 2004, the Labour Program has funded and administered
96 country-specific or regional technical assistance projects in
approximately 30 countries. Total funding to date exceeds $20 million.
"The Government of Canada is committed to working with our international
partners to ensure fair and safe working conditions. Canada is proud to
work closely with the International Labour Organization in ensuring
that fundamental workers' rights are respected and that vulnerable
workers are protected."
- The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of
Status of Women
International Labour Organization
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.P.
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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