Minister Duclos to visit Argentina and Chile to discuss poverty reduction and building a more inclusive society

GATINEAU, QC, May 14, 2017 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is committed to deepening bilateral relations and further meaningful and transparent engagement with important partners in the Americas. As part of this effort, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development will be travelling to Argentina and Chile from May 14-18, 2017 to share with government officials, civil society and academic representatives Canada's approach to poverty reduction and ensuring that all citizens feel valued and included in society.

Minister Duclos' meetings in Argentina build on the successful visit by Prime Minister Trudeau last November and provide Canada with an opportunity to continue strengthening its relationship with Argentina. Minister Duclos will co-host the Canada-Argentina Symposium on Social Inclusion with Carolina Stanley, Minister of Social Development of the Argentine Nation. The Symposium provides an opportunity to work together to strengthen the middle class and ensure that all citizens have an equal opportunity to share in and contribute to the prosperity of society. Themes that will be discussed include demographic changes, poverty reduction, and social mobility.

The Minister will also advance bilateral relations with Chile and discuss best practices on poverty reduction, social inclusion and access to affordable housing. The Minister will also speak at the University of Chile to discuss social policy and pension reform.


"I look forward to continuing to strengthen our strong relationship with Argentina and Chile and to applying a global lens on social inclusion to find innovative approaches to growth and prosperity. I welcome the opportunity to share our countries' experiences, successes and common challenges, and to foster further cooperation in order to build stronger, more inclusive societies."

– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Quick Facts

  • Building on more than 75 years of bilateral relations, Argentina and Canada continue to strengthen their relationship by collaborating to advance priority areas of mutual interest to develop effective policies.

  • The 2018 G20 Buenos Aires summit, held in Argentina, will be the first-ever G20 summit to be hosted in South America.

  • The Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017; it was Canada's first FTA with a South American country.

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SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada

For further information: Émilie Gauduchon-Campbell, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P., Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, 819-654-5546; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559,

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