Minister Qualtrough participates in Extraordinary G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial virtual meeting
April 23, 2020 Gatineau, Quebec Employment and Social Development Canada
The world is facing a serious public health and economic crisis. In recent weeks, Canada has taken immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic and stands ready to do more if needed.
Canada is also working with international partners to discuss global economic and social stability, share information and best practices, and strengthen international coordination in response to the current crisis. In support of these efforts, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, participated today in a videoconference meeting with G20 Labour and Employment Ministers to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on employment and the social protection responses implemented by G20 countries.
During the meeting, Minister Qualtrough highlighted actions taken through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to support the Canadian labour market and vulnerable citizens. The Extraordinary G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting concluded with the endorsement of a Ministers’ Statement on COVID-19. Ministers also agreed to be ready to meet again as needed to monitor progress and consider additional actions and commitments to continue to support workers and businesses and sustain progress against common G20 goals.
“The Government of Canada is committed to supporting Canadian workers and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The G20 meeting of employment and labour ministers demonstrates our collective commitment to ensure workers are supported during this crisis, and ready and able to return to work when it is safe to do so.”
– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
The G20 is the primary forum for international economic cooperation among its members—the world’s major economies—representing all inhabited continents, 85% of global economic output, two thirds of the world’s population and 75% of international trade.
The G20 reflects a recognition that global prosperity is interdependent and our economic opportunities and challenges are interlinked.
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Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
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