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Ministerials Paragraphs Related to the Theme Paragraphs VII Summit

- Antigua and Barbuda - Argentina - Bahamas - Barbados - Belize - Bolivia - Brazil - Canada - Chile - Colombia - Costa Rica - Dominica - Dominican Republic - Ecuador - El Salvador - Grenada - Guatemala - Guyana - Haiti - Honduras - Jamaica - Mexico - Nicaragua - Panama - Paraguay - Peru - Saint Kitts and Nevis - Saint Lucia - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Suriname - Trinidad and Tobago - United States - Uruguay - Venezuela -
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Date:  6/20/2010 
The Skills and Employment Branch of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada is working to ensure current employment programs remain relevant and reflective of labour market realities in Canada. This is achieved through multilateral partnerships (provincial, territorial, and private-public relationships) to assist targeted groups such as unemployed older workers, youth and persons with disabilities, with employment transitions. To advance this objective, efforts are also made to ensure labour market efficiency through adequate skills-matching between job seekers and employers.

On an international level, Canada is an active member of the International Labour Organization (ILO), and in June 2009 adopted the ILO’s Global Jobs Pact, an instrument designed to guide national and international policies aimed at stimulating economic recovery, generating jobs and providing protection to working people and their families. The pact calls on governments and organizations representing workers and employers to work together to collectively tackle the global jobs crisis through policies in line with the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda.

The Global Jobs Pact is of particular relevance to the objective of paragraph 16 of the Port of Spain Declaration as it proposes measures and policies to protect persons and families affected by the crisis, in particular the most vulnerable, and those in the informal economy by strengthening social protection systems to provide income support and sustain livelihoods as well as security of pensions.
Paragraphs: 16 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Date:  6/18/2010 
The Government of Canada is committed to the protection of children and the elimination of harmful child labour. All Canadian jurisdictions have legislation protecting children from economic exploitation and hazardous work. In addition, Canada works in collaboration with its international partners, including the International Labour Organization (ILO), to combat child labour internationally.

Canada has signed labour cooperation agreements with its free trade agreement partners that include commitments to the elimination of child labour and the effective enforcement of labour laws, and is providing technical assistance to developing country partners to help them realize these commitments.
Paragraphs: 18 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Date:  6/18/2010 
Canada promotes the creation of opportunities for decent work through the negotiation of free trade agreements and through the funding of labour-related technical cooperation programs. Canada negotiates labour cooperation agreements with its free trade partners in order to promote respect for fundamental labour rights and principles and support decent work in the context of trade liberalization.

In 2009, Canada launched the International Program for Professional Labour Administration (IPPLA), a program co-funded by the Labour Program and the Canadian International Development Agency. IPPLA will increase the capacity of Labour ministries and their social partners in the Americas.

Through its membership and active participation in the ILO, Canada negotiates international labour standards that support the Decent Work Agenda and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

Canada co-chairs the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labour (IACML)’s working group on the promotion of decent work. The Plan of Action adopted at the 16th IACML gives follow-up to the objectives found in paragraph 15 of the Port of Spain Declaration.

Canada delivers a suite of programs in conjunction with provincial governments to increase the level of skills in the labour force. These programs include Employment Benefits and Support Measures through the Employment Insurance Program, Labour Market Agreements, Targeted Initiative for Older Workers and Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities. Skilled trades and apprenticeship are also supported to meet the growing demand for certified and mobile skilled workers.
Paragraphs: 15 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

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