Canada’s labour ministers meet to discuss important workplace issues
“All Canadians deserve a safe and healthy workplace. That’s why our government will continue to work with our provincial and territorial colleagues and Indigenous peoples in implementing health and safety requirements that will improve working conditions to better protect Canadian workers.”
– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Labour
“My counterparts and I recognize that harmonizing workplace health and safety standards across the country can significantly reduce barriers to trade and business development. We will continue seeking ways to improve work environments, to the benefit of employees and employers, while maintaining these important standards.”
– The Honourable Trevor Holder, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour
The meeting of labour ministers provides a key forum for the discussion of labour policy and related issues. It enables ministers to explore opportunities for cooperation on joint projects and initiatives.
In January 2018, the ministers responsible for labour endorsed an Agreement-in-Principle document that clarified key principles and considerations associated with occupational health and safety harmonization. The National Occupational Health and Safety Reconciliation Agreement was endorsed in January 2019. All jurisdictions have now signed the Agreement and progress is being made towards its implementation.
The federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for labour meet regularly to discuss issues of mutual concern that they can work together to address. Throughout the year, their work is supported by the Canadian Association of Administrators of Labour Legislation.
- Labour Program – International Affairs
- The Canadian Association of Administrators of Labour Legislation (CAALL)
- International Labour Organization (ILO) Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
- Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table (RCT)
- Expert Panel on Modern Federal Labour Standards
- Bill C-65, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence), the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act and the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1
For media enquiries, please contact:
Office of the Honourable Filomena Tassi, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Labour
Office of the Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour
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