GATINEAU, QC, Sept. 7, 2018 /CNW/ - Canadians are adapting to a rapidly evolving economy by embracing learning as a lifelong commitment. The Government is supporting their efforts by ensuring they have the skills they need to prepare for, find and keep good jobs.
Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, concluded three days of meetings with her counterparts at the G20 ministerial meetings on education and employment, held in Mendoza, Argentina.
At the meeting, education ministers discussed innovative education policies, skills development, lifelong learning and international financing of education. Minister Hajdu was joined by the Honourable Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Saskatchewan Minister of Advanced Education, Status of Women and Innovation. Both ministers took part in discussions during a joint meeting between G20 education and employment ministers on developing skills for an inclusive future and ensuring policy coordination between different levels of government, social partners, and education and labour market institutions.
The ministerial meeting wrapped up with employment ministers exchanging on the theme of the future of work. They discussed the importance of issues related to technological changes and their impact on the labour market, new forms of employment, strengthening the social safety net, gender equality and the inclusion of people with disabilities. Minister Hajdu highlighted Canada's continued efforts in helping workers get the skills and training they need to succeed, closing the gender gap in labour market participation and wages, and empowering women.
The education and employment ministers adopted declarations that will inform the final recommendations of the Leaders' Summit, which provides a forum for G20 leaders to discuss how economic opportunities and challenges are interlinked and how prosperity is dependent on global collaboration.
"With many changes in the way we work, including technological advances, the G20 meetings offer a unique opportunity to discuss policies, to learn from others' experiences and about how these can be applied. I look forward to continuing our work on these important issues in Canada, where we have demonstrated strong leadership with regard to building a strong middle class, one that's inclusive and diverse, and can benefit from growth. When we ensure that all Canadians have a real and fair shot at success, we all thrive."
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
- Collectively, the G20 members make up 85 percent of the world's economic output, two-thirds of its population, 75 percent of international trade and 80 percent of global investments in research and development.
- Women in the workforce have been one of the most powerful sources of economic growth in recent decades, helping strengthen the economy. Over the last 40 years, the rising number of women in the workforce has accounted for about a third of Canada's real growth in gross domestic product (GDP) per capita.
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
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