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Date:  6/20/2010 
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada supports Canadians in making choices that improve their quality of life. This support includes contributions to community organizations working with elders and children across the country.
Health Canada establishes policies, sets standards and provides advice and information on the safety and nutritional value of food. It also promotes the nutritional health and well-being of Canadians by collaboratively defining, promoting and implementing evidence-based nutrition policies and standards. It administers the provisions of the Food and Drugs Act that relate to public health, safety and nutrition and evaluates the safety, quality and effectiveness of veterinary drugs.

In the Americas, Canada is committed to focusing its international assistance efforts on reducing poverty and inequity. Through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Canada is working with a wide variety of partners to contribute to enhanced social, economic, political and environmental conditions for all peoples of the Americas, especially vulnerable populations, and women and youth. For example, in 2009 CIDA contributed to the World Food Programme’s efforts to reduce child and maternal malnutrition in Honduras.
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Date:  6/20/2010 
Canada is committed to reducing poverty both in Canada and the Americas, and to supporting vulnerable populations.
To promote respect for fundamental labour rights and decent work in the context of trade liberalization, the Labour Program of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada negotiates labour cooperation agreements in parallel to free trade agreements. The Labour Program also promotes the creation of opportunities for decent work through labour-related technical cooperation programs, such as the International Program for Professional Labour Administration (IPPLA). Launched in 2009, IPPLA will increase the capacity of labour ministries and their social partners in the Andean, Central American and Caribbean regions.

Through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Canada is delivering international assistance to reduce poverty and inequality, and improve the lives of all peoples of the most vulnerable. For example, CIDA supports the Centre for Occupational Education in Peru in improving the level of education and the employment prospects of disadvantaged adults, particularly women, living in the District of Chincha.
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Date:  6/20/2010 
Canada is committed to reducing poverty, inequality and social disparities in Canada and the hemisphere. The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) supports a range of organizations working to reduce poverty and inequality in the Americas. Canada supports the Inter-American Social Protection Network, such as through fostering exchanges between various government departments contributing to social protection, both domestically and internationally.
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Date:  6/20/2010 
Canada is committed to social development, reduction of poverty and addressing inequality both domestically and in the region.
The basic principles of Canada’s health care system are universal coverage for medically necessary health care services provided on the basis of need, rather than the ability to pay. Among other activities, Health Canada's responsibilities for health care include setting national principles for the health care system through the Canada Health Act and delivering health care services to specific groups (e.g., First Nations and Inuit).

In 2009, as part of its commitment to aid effectiveness, CIDA announced priority themes for its international assistance. These themes are stimulating sustainable economic growth, securing the future of children and youth, and increasing food security. CIDA supported the participation of several Caribbean delegations in the Second Meeting of Ministers and High Level Authorities of Social Development which took place in Cali, Colombia in July, 2010.
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Date:  6/20/2010 
Canada participated in discussions with other countries on the Social Charter of the Americas, chairing the Social Charter Working Group for six months between 2008 and 2009. More broadly, Canada is committed to enhancing the social, economic and political conditions of the peoples of the Americas. Primarily through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Canada supports sustainable development of the hemisphere reducing poverty and inequality, and building effective, efficient and accountable hemispheric institutions. For example, Canada has supported the work of the International Labour Organization in Colombia aimed at preventing the recruitment of children and adolescents into the worst forms of child labour, and helping withdraw children who have already been recruited.
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Date:  6/20/2010 
Canada is committed to reducing poverty and inequality both in Canada and in the rest of the hemisphere. The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of working closely on this issue with other levels of government as well as non-state actors. Domestically, Health Canada’s scientific expertise contributes to decisions about health standards, health policy, regulations and health programs. It also allows Health Canada to anticipate and respond to health risks, verify the safety and effectiveness of drugs, food, medical devices and other therapeutic products, and help Canadians make informed decisions about their health.

Canada’s Sector Council Program allows for the establishment of national partnership organizations among business, labour and educational stakeholders. These partnerships operate at arms’ length from the Government of Canada and are a platform for stakeholders to share ideas, concerns and perspectives about human resources and skills issues and find solutions that benefit their sector. As an example, in 2009, the Canadian Steel Trade and Employment Congress successfully negotiated a highly innovative, cost-shared Workforce Development Initiative aimed at promoting skilled trades and greater access, enrollment and completion of steel trade apprenticeship programs with the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

At the regional level in 2009, the Canadian International Development Agency and the Labour Program of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada co-financed the International Program for Professional Labour Administration (IPPLA). This is a three-year capacity-building project aimed at helping countries in the Andean, Caribbean and Central American regions strengthen and modernize their labour policies and labour administration to reach internationally recognized core labour standards. Activities undertaken as part of the IPPLA could include collaboration on policy or legislative development and research exchanges, as well as initiatives aimed at increasing dialogue between governments, employees and employers.
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Related Resources
Affaires internationales du travail
Canada’s partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank
Canadian International Development Agency and the Americas
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
International Labour Affairs
The Americas: Our Neighbours, Our Priority
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service