Statement by Minister Hajdu about the Youth 7 Summit
April 16, 2018 Ottawa, Ontario Employment and Social Development Canada
Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, issued the following statement about the future of work at the Youth 7 (Y7) Summit taking place in Ottawa April 16 to18.
“Youth employment is a priority for Group of Seven (G7) countries, and our G7 partners know that our future prosperity depends on young people having a real and fair shot at success. That is why the Government of Canada is committed to ensuring young people have the skills, training and experience they need to find and keep good jobs. We know the nature of work is changing, and with that in mind, we are updating our Youth Employment Strategy to better prepare young Canadians for the future of work, creating more paid work placements for students through our Student Work Placements Program and encouraging young Canadians to get involved in service to their communities through the Canada Service Corps.”
The Y7 Summit brings together youth delegates from G7 member states and the European Union to negotiate and form policy recommendations for the G7 that reflect the priorities of young people. It is an excellent opportunity for youth to share their ideas, solutions and to influence global policymakers.
In the lead-up to the G7 Leaders’ Summit in June, G7 Employment and Innovation ministers met in Montreal, Quebec, in March to discuss Jobs of the Future and how G7 countries can grow their economies in a way that works for everyone. At the meeting, which included members of the Gender Equality Advisory Council, ministers’ discussions focused on how they are seizing the opportunity of a transforming economy to create the kind of growth that works for everybody. G7 Ministers stressed the importance of closing the gender gap by encouraging and supporting more women to study and pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics; boosting women’s participation in the labour market, particularly in leadership roles; and recognizing equality of rights and opportunities for women and men.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with ministers Hajdu, Monsef, Champagne and Freeland, attended the Labour 7 (L7) Summit to discuss key labour issues, including gender equality, workplace harassment, cyber bullying, climate change and a just transition, income equality, global supply chains and due diligence procedures, and the future of work.
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Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
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