BANFF, AB, Oct. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch,
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, today emphasized
the importance of collaborative relationships in the modern workplace
at the 10th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Counsel to
"Healthy labour relations are one of the keys to a strong and productive
workforce and a strong economy," said Minister Leitch. "Our government
is helping employers and unions build and maintain positive labour
The Conference brings together the management-side of labour and
employment lawyers from across Canada to discuss important issues
including: occupational health and safety, human rights, labour law
updates, arbitration, privacy and social media.
Minister Leitch also touched on the need to raise awareness about the
critical role women play in Canada's economic success. October is
Women's History Month and the Minister used the occasion to point out
that women remain under-represented in key sectors of the economy at a
time when we are facing a national skills shortage.
"Women are a fraction of the workforce in areas such as construction,
forestry, mining and engineering," said Minister Leitch. "This
represents a lot of untapped human potential, and we can and must do
better. As a result, our government is adopting employment equity
practices that encourage employers to take full advantage of our
increasingly diverse human capital, which includes women, Aboriginal
people, people with disabilities, visible minorities and youth."
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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Chief of Staff
Office of Minister Leitch
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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