OTTAWA, Jan. 29, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, held a video conference meeting with provincial and territorial ministers of labour. The video conference follows up on a commitment made by the Minister to deepen intergovernmental engagement by holding additional meetings over the calendar year.
The Minister and her counterparts focussed their discussion on the protection of young workers. They exchanged best practices on raising awareness of young worker injury prevention, discussed the current state of unpaid interns in various jurisdictions and were informed of recent developments regarding technical reviews of the International Labour Organization's Convention 138 on Minimum Age and the Protocol on Forced Labour.
- The meeting of ministers responsible for labour provides a key forum to discuss public policies and explore opportunities for cooperation on joint projects and labour initiatives.
- The federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for labour meet face-to-face annually in September to discuss issues of mutual concern where they can work together.
- Throughout the year, their work continues through the Canadian Association of Administrators of Labour Legislation (CAALL).
- Established in 1938, CAALL is an association of federal, provincial and territorial departments of labour and heads of occupational health and safety agencies.
"Today's meeting shows our collective commitment to collaborate on issues to improve workplaces in Canada and around the world. Meetings like this help governments to work together, to share best practices and to ensure that Canada's workforce remains the best in the world."
– The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information: Andrew McGrath, Director of Communications, Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.P., Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, 819-953-5646, [email protected]; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559, [email protected]